S. Vasantha, B. R. Ravi Kumar, S. Roopashree
The nervous system ofCysticercus cellulosae, the metacestode stage of the tapewormTaenia solium, was delineated using histochemical methods for the localization of the enzyme markers; nonspecific esterase and acetylcholinesterase. The main features of the nervous system include a pair of cerebral ganglia, a circumcerebral nerve ring, a rostellar nerve ring, and anterior and posterior nerves and their branches. The posterior nerves form a subtegumental network in the strobila and the bladder wall. A nerve network around excretory tubules could also be demonstrated, suggesting neuronal control of excretion in the metacestode. No sheath was observed around the nervous system. The morphological features described suggest “cephalization” of the nervous system in this parasite.