Javier R. Ambrosio

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The internalization of host macromolecules to the vesicular fluid of T. crassiceps cysticerci was studied in vitro. Uptake of purified class G immunoglobulin was not significantly affected by the specificity of its antigen-recognition site and bovine serum albumin was internalized at a similar rate. Internalization was inhibited at low temperature, being(More)
An intervention study with mass treatment against taeniasis to prevent neurocysticercosis due to Taenia solium in a rural community in Mexico was performed in 1991-96. Information and biological samples were obtained at the beginning of the study, at 6 months and at 42 months after mass treatment with praziquantel at a single dose of 5 mg/kg. Prevalence(More)
Toxoplasma gondii infects cells through dynamic events dependent on actin. Although the presence of cortical actin has been widely suggested, visualisation and localisation of actin filaments has not been reported. The subpellicular cytoskeleton network is a recently described structure possibly involved in the dynamic events. Using non-ionic detergent(More)
The host-parasite relationship in taeniosis due to Taenia solium is practically unknown. Monoclonal antibodies were prepared against whole extracts of adult T. solium parasites and evaluated with tapeworms recovered from experimentally infected hamsters and with cysticerci from naturally infected pigs. With one antibody, mAb 4B3, it was possible to(More)
The expression and biological role of actin during the Trypanosoma cruzi life cycle remains largely unknown. Polyclonal antibodies against a recombinant T. cruzi actin protein were used to confirm its expression in epimastigotes, trypomastigotes, and amastigotes. Although the overall levels of expression were similar, clear differences in the subcellular(More)
Type II myosins are highly conserved proteins, though differences have been observed among organisms, mainly in the filamentous region. Myosin isoforms have been identified in Taenia solium, a helminth parasite of public health importance in many developing countries. These isoforms are probably associated with the physiological requirements of each(More)
The liver fluke, Fasciola hepatica relies on a well-developed muscular system, not only for attachment, but for many aspects of its biology. Despite this, little is known about the system beyond the gross organization of the main somatic muscle layers. In the present study, a range of techniques have been applied to F. hepatica in order to understand more(More)
Genetic variability among Taenia solium isolates was studied in 160 cysticerci from 6 pigs, 4 from Mexico, 1 from Honduras, and 1 from Tanzania. Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis performed with 4 commercial primers showed 88% polymorphic loci and an average heterozygosity of 0.077; however, several alleles were fixed within each isolate.(More)
Cholera is caused only by O1 and O139 Vibrio cholerae strains. For diagnosis, 3 working days are needed for bacterial isolation from human feces and for biochemical characterization. Here we describe the purification of bacterial outer membrane proteins (OMP) from V. cholerae O1 Ogawa, O1 Inaba, and O139 strains, as well as the production of specific(More)
BACKGROUND Flame cells are the terminal cells of protonephridial systems, which are part of the excretory systems of invertebrates. Although the knowledge of their biological role is incomplete, there is a consensus that these cells perform excretion/secretion activities. It has been suggested that the flame cells participate in the maintenance of the(More)