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The pathogenicity of Acanthamoeba isolates from keratitis patients (the Hamburg isolate from Germany, H-1 and a Philippine isolate, IB-1-7) as well as an environmental isolate, W4 was assayed in vitro using rat glial C6 cell line. Results indicate that both live amebae and cell-free supenatants from H-1 and IB-1-7 clones produced cytopathic effects (CPE) on(More)
The pathogenicity of a Philippine isolate of Naegleria sp. was evaluated using 3-4 week-old mice as experimental animals. Results showed that only the massive doses of 10(6) and 10(7) amebae/mouse inoculated intranasally could successfully establish ameba infection in the brain and cause death after 2-6 days. The effect of the ameba on the mortality rate of(More)
The isolation of two plasmid-like circular DNAs, measuring 52 and 42 kbp, from an Acanthamoeba sp. from the Philippines has led to the demonstration of a bacterial endosymbiont occurring in this free-living amoeba. The 52-kbp band hybridized with a short sequence of cytochrome b gene and was identified as the mitochondrial DNA, whereas the 42-kbp band was(More)
The ultrastructural localization of the activities of two enzyme systems in the culture forms of Leishmania donovani was shown by means of the diaminobenzidine techniques. The consistent deposition of electron dense reaction product of DAB oxidation without H2O2 in the kinetoplast and mitochondrial cristae and membranes was taken as evidence of the presence(More)