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A systematic study of the distribution of intracellular parasites in the organs and tissues of mice acutely infected (15 days) with the CL strain of Trypanosoma cruzi was performed. Almost all tissues and organs were parasitized with different intensities, including several epithelial cell types. In addition to striated, cardiac, and smooth muscles a very(More)
Experimental models of Schistosoma mansoni infections in mammals have contributed greatly to our understanding of the pathology and pathogenesis of infection. We consider here hepatic and extrahepatic disease in models of acute and chronic infection. Experimental schistosome infections have also contributed more broadly to our understanding of granulomatous(More)
An increasing number of cases of abdominal angiostrongyliasis have recently been diagnosed in southern Brazil. A comparative study of 19 confirmed cases and 15 suspected cases was undertaken to review the anatomo-pathology of the disease and to establish histopathological criteria for its diagnosis. The results were similar in both groups, except for the(More)
Modification of the immune response to schistosomal infection in children or offspring born to mother R infected with Schistosoma mansoni has been demonstrated in human and in experimental schistosomiasis. One of the hypothesis to explain this fact could be the transfer of circulating antigens and antibodies from mother to foetus through the placenta or(More)
Most of our knowledge concerning the virulence determinants of pathogenic fungi comes from the infected host, mainly from animal models and more recently from in vitro studies with cell cultures. The fungi usually present intra- and/or extracellular host-parasite interfaces, with the parasitism phenomenon dependent on complementary surface molecules. Among(More)
Pleural and peritoneal milky spots (MS) are small morphofunctional structures representing subsidiary foci of coelom-associated lymphomyeloid tissue (CALT). In this paper we studied the cellular composition of CALT in normal and Schistosoma mansoni-infected mice. In the healthy mouse, CALT is mainly composed of IgM (+) B cells and presents lower numbers of(More)
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis (Pb) yeast cells can enter mammalian cells and probably manipulate the host cell environment to favor their own growth and survival. We studied the uptake of strain Pb 18 into A549 lung and Vero epithelial cells, with an emphasis on the repercussions in the cytoskeleton and the apoptosis of host cells. Cytoskeleton components(More)
Several cases of therapeutic failure of praziquantel used for the treatment of urinary schistosomiasis have been reported. Alternative drugs, like niridazol and metrifonate, have shown a lower therapeutic effect and more side effects than praziquantel. Twenty-six Brazilian military men (median age of 29 years) with a positive urine parasitological exam who(More)
We have studied inflammatory reactions in the mesenteric tissue of mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni. Perivascular tissue contained diffuse infiltrates of macrophages, eosinophilic granulocytes and lymphocytes. Angiogenesis in the perivascular adipose tissue was associated with superficial plasmacytogenic foci. Polypoid structures were occasionally(More)
The oxidative burst of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) and their ability to inhibit Paracoccidioides brasiliensis growth was studied in susceptible (B10.A) and resistant (A/J) mice. The cells were obtained after subcutaneous inoculation in air pouches, yielding highly pure PMN preparations; the number of cells was similar for both strains at 24 h and(More)