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An ultrastructural study of 10 different Blastocystis hominis stocks was undertaken. Three distinct morphological forms, vacuolar, granular and amoeboid, were distinguished. Numerous variations in the organelles and general cell structure were observed between stocks. B. hominis displayed considerable size variation in the vacuolar forms, ranging from 4 to(More)
Blastocystis hominis is a unicellular organism found commonly in the intestinal tract of humans and many other animals. Very little is known of the basic biology of the organism, and controversy surrounds its taxonomy and pathogenicity. There morphological forms (vacuolar, granular, and ameboid) have been recognized, but recent studies have revealed several(More)
A study of the ultrastructure of Blastocystis hominis in human stools found morphological differences between the organisms seen and those present in laboratory cultures. B. hominis found in stool samples showed little morphological variation with storage time before fixation, but were consistently smaller (approximately 5 microns in diameter), with a(More)
A small-molecular-weight antigen that occurs in asexual blood stages in synchronized cultures of Plasmodium falciparum was detected by a monoclonal antibody which inhibits parasite growth in vitro. This antigen, QF116, showed a molecular weight of 15,000 in parasite strain FCR-3K+ from The Gambia and 19,000 in strain FCQ-27 from Papua New Guinea. The(More)
Four monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) recognise an antigen localised in the rhoptries of Plasmodium falciparum merozoites using both indirect immunofluorescence assay and immunoelectron microscopy with immunogold labeling. All MAbs immunoprecipitated bands at 140, 130 and 105 kDa from [35S]methionine-labeled parasites; however, one MAb immunoblotted only the(More)
Blood-feeding parasites use mechanistically distinct proteases to digest hemoglobin (Hb), often as multienzyme cooperative cascades. We investigated the roles played by 3 distinct proteases from adults of the human hookworm Necator americanus. The aspartic protease Na-APR-1 and the cysteine protease Na-CP-3 were expressed in catalytically active form in(More)
The prevalence and morphology of Blastocystis in fresh faecal material from 227 domestic chickens was investigated. A very high prevalence of infection (approximately 95%) was found in chickens from four of the five commercial farms studied. Extremely high numbers of Blastocystis were found in the majority of samples. Blastocystis cells showed considerable(More)
Bovine papillomavirus type 1 (BPV-1) virions were produced in vitro using vaccinia virus (VV) recombinants expressing the BPV-1 L1 and L2 capsid proteins. Particles morphologically resembling papillomaviruses were observed in the nucleus of cells infected with a VV recombinant for the BPV-1 L1 protein, and greater numbers of similar particles were seen in(More)