Learn More
Phylogenetic analysis of the small subunit ribosomal DNA of a broad range of representative microsporidia including five species from humans (Enterocytozoon bieneusi, Nosema corneum, Septata intestinalis, Encephalitozoon hellem and Encephalitozoon cuniculi), reveals that human microsporidia are polyphyletic in origin. Septata intestinalis and E. hellem are(More)
Encephalitozoon cuniculi caused chronic nonlethal infections in euthymic BALB/cAnN mice, whereas athymic BALB/cAnN-nu mice died from infection. Specific, anamnestic, transferable, and acquired responses against E. cuniculi were expressed by infected euthymic mice. Resistance to lethal disease appears to be T-cell dependent. Immune serum failed to protect(More)
Spontaneous infection with Encephalitozoon cuniculi resulted in a lethal disease in all but one of a litter of puppies in Texas. The disease was characterized by severe nonsuppurative nephritis, encephalitis and segmental vasculitis. Many protozoa were in renal tubule cells, endothelial cells and brain. The number of organisms decreased and the(More)
A segment of ribosomal DNA, about 1,350 base pairs long, was amplified from the microsporidian species Encephalitozoon hellem, isolated from AIDS patients, and Encephalitozoon cuniculi. The amplified DNA segment extends from position 530 in the small ribosomal RNA subunit to position 580 in the large ribosomal RNA subunit. A comparison of sequence data from(More)
Rabbit Encephalitozoon cuniculi were propagated in vitro using rabbit choroid plexus (RCP) cells. The organisms reached maximum titer and numbers by 15 days. The source and in vitro passage level of RCP cells moderately influenced the sensitivity of the cells to infection. Cells less than 1 week old were significantly less sensitive than older cells. A(More)
The ability to introduce carefully controlled numbers of viable cells into the anterior chamber of mouse eyes made it possible to examine the interrelationship between presentation of antigens intracamerally and into conventional body sites and their synergistic/antagonistic effects on the immune system. P815 mastocytoma (DBA/2; H-2d) cells are syngeneic(More)
The ability to introduce carefully controlled numbers of viable cells into the anterior chamber of mouse eyes made it possible to examine the interrelationship between presentation of antigens into the anteior chamber and into conventional body sites and their synergistic/antagonistic effects on the immune system. P815 mastocytoma (DBA/2; H-2d) cells are(More)
Serological approaches have been relatively unsuccessful in defining the allelic products of the bovine major histocompatibility (MHC) class II loci. We demonstrate that bovine class II allelic products can be characterized by precipitation with a polyclonal antiserum and separation using one-dimensional isoelectric focusing. Polymorphic beta chains were(More)
Microsporidia are increasingly recognized as causing opportunistic infections in immunocompromised individuals. Encephalitozoon cuniculi is probably the most studied mammalian microsporidian that infects insects and mammals, including man. In this study, 8 E. cuniculi isolates were compared and were found to fall into 3 strains. Strain type I includes the(More)