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The activities of hexokinase (ATP:hexose-6-phosphate transferase, E.C., phosphofructokinase (ATP:fructose-6-phosphate 1-phosphotransferase, E.C. and pyruvate kinase (ATP:pyruvate transferase, E.C., and their kinetic behaviour in two morphological forms of Trypanosoma cruzi (epimastigotes and metacyclic trypomastigotes) have been(More)
The specificity and sensitivity of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) and Western immunoblot assays in detecting antibodies in serum from patients suffering cystic hydatid disease (Echinococcus granulosus) are compared using either crude antigen preparations (total sheep hydatid fluid and homogenates of protoscoleces), purified fractions enriched in(More)
The intergenic region of spliced-leader (SL-IR) genes from 105 Trypanosoma cruzi I (Tc I) infected biological samples, culture isolates and stocks from 11 endemic countries, from Argentina to the USA were characterised, allowing identification of 76 genotypes with 54 polymorphic sites from 123 aligned sequences. On the basis of the microsatellite motif(More)
Acanthamoeba infections are difficult to treat due to often late diagnosis and the lack of effective and specific therapeutic agents. The most important reason for unsuccessful therapy seems to be the existence of a double-wall cyst stage that is highly resistant to the available treatments, causing reinfections. The major components of the Acanthamoeba(More)
The clinical and microbiologic characteristics of 31 patients with mucosal leishmaniasis due to Leishmania (Leishmania) infantum are described. Twenty-eight (90%) patients were male. Mean age at presentation was 48 +/- 14 years. Thirteen (42%) patients had no underlying disease, while 18 (58%) patients had several other medical conditions. Fifteen (48%)(More)
The secretory immune response in humans infected with Giardia lamblia was studied by using saliva samples and a membrane-rich protein fraction. The membrane fraction, studied by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, showed 24 antigen bands, ranging from 170 to 14 kDa. Saliva samples from giardiasis patients showed a heterogeneous(More)
In the present work, we have assayed both the in vitro and in vivo action of two acridine compounds against Leishmania donovani. As part of this effort, we have studied the possible action mechanism of these compounds at the ultrastructural and biochemical levels and in relation to the synthesis of macromolecules. The two acridinones inhibit the in vitro(More)
Parasitic diseases affect billions of people and are considered a major public health issue. Close to 400 species are estimated to parasitize humans, of which around 90 are responsible for great clinical burden and mortality rates. Unfortunately, they are largely neglected as they are mainly endemic to poor regions. Of relevance to this review, there is(More)
Two flagellates of the family trypanosomatidae were isolated from the fruits of Lycopersicon esculentum (tomato) and Annona cherimolia (cherimoya) in the southeastern region of Spain. The isolates were characterized by isoenzyme analysis using nine different isoenzymes and by analysis of kinetoplast DNA (kDNA) restriction fragment length polymorphism using(More)
This review focuses on the effects of thyroid hormones in vascular and renal systems. Special emphasis is given to the mechanisms by which thyroid hormones affect the regulation of body fluids, vascular resistance and, ultimately, blood pressure. Vascular function is markedly affected by thyroid hormones that produce changes in vascular reactivity and(More)