Jirí Cerkasov

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Stable anaerobic resistance of Tritrichomonas foetus to metronidazole was induced in vitro by cultivation of trichomonads in the Diamond's TYM medium with metronidazole in concentrations sublethal to the parasites. Nine metronidazole-resistant strains were derived from four drug-susceptible clones of the T. foetus strain KV-1. Subculturing the parasites at(More)
The existence of six dsRNA segments ofTrichomonas vaginalis virus was confirmed and the molar mass and relative abundance of these segments were determined by agarose gel electrophoresis with reovirus dsRNA serving as a standard. TheM’s were 3.5, 3.4, 3.2, 2.5, 1.4 and 0.34 Mg/mol for the two strains studied, the relative abundances, however, were 1.0, 1.4,(More)
Tritrichomonas foetus mutants resistant to metronidazole lack the hydrogenosomal enzymes pyruvate: ferredoxin oxidoreductase and hydrogenase. Hydrogenosomes of these organisms did not oxidize pyruvate or produce ATP in its presence. Elimination of hydrogenosomal metabolism of pyruvate was compensated by an increased rate of glycolysis. The resistant mutants(More)
Twelve metronidazole-resistant and twelve metronidazole-susceptible strains of Trichomonas vaginalis were tested for the presence of dsRNA. Three resistant and five susceptible strains were found to contain dsRNA which indicated that metronidazole resistance does not correlate with the absence of dsRNA. Electron microscopy showed the homogenates of all(More)
Circular molecules of DNA approximately 3 mum in length were revealed by electron microscopy in deproteinized extracts prepared from purified hydrogenosomal fraction of a protozoan Tritrichomonae foetus. This fraction contained also cardiolipin amounting to approximately 14.4% of its total phospholipids, as detected by thin-layer chromatography and(More)
Twelve metronidazole-resistant and twelve metronidazole-susceptible strains ofTrichomonas vaginalis were tested for the presence of dsRNA. Three resistant and five susceptible strains were found to contain dsRNA which indicated that metronidazole resistance does not correlate with the absence of dsRNA. Electron microscopy showed the homogenates of all dsRNA(More)