Mónica Inés Esteva

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The immunization with the flagellar (F) fraction from epimastigotes of Trypanosoma cruzi has been shown to protect mice against a challenge of bloodstream trypomastigotes of the parasite, both in terms of mortality and decrease in parasitemia. We have compared the immunoprotective properties of the fresh F fraction with those of a lyophilized F (LF)(More)
The efficacy of specific chemotherapy in congenital Chagas disease before the first year of life ranges between 90 and 100%. Between this age and 15 years of age, the efficacy decreases to around 60%. Therefore, early infection detection is a priority in vertical transmission. The aim of this work was to assess whether polymerase chain reaction (PCR) plays(More)
Mice were immunized with subcellular fractions obtained by differential centrifugation from epimastigotes of Trypanosoma cruzi (Tulahuén strain). In a chronic model of Chagas' disease, they were challenged each with 25 bloodstream trypomastigotes. Non-immunized, non-challenged and non-immunized challenged animals were kept as controls. Among the challenged(More)
Single units of O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc), usually components of nuclear and cytoplasmatic proteins, are present at the C-terminal domain of cruzipain (Cz), a lysosomal major antigen from Trypanosoma cruzi. On the other hand, antibodies directed against some self-antigens like myosin are associated with Chagas heart disease. The participation of(More)
Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease contains a major cysteine proteinase, cruzipain (Cz), with an unusual carboxyl-terminal extension (C-T). We have previously reported the presence of sulfate groups in the N-linked oligosaccharide chains of this domain. In order to evaluate the immune responses to sulfated moieties on Cz, BALB/c mice were(More)
Sulphoglycosphingolipids, present on the surface of diverse cells, participate in the regulation of various cellular events. However, little is known about the structure and the role of sulphoglycosphingolipids in trypanosomatids. Herein, sulphated dihexosylceramide structures - composed mainly of sphingosine as the long chain base acylated with stearic(More)
Sulfation, a post-translational modification which plays a key role in various biological processes, is inhibited by competition with chlorate. In Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas' disease, sulfated structures have been described as part of glycolipids and we have reported sulfated high-mannose type oligosaccharides in the C-T domain of the cruzipain(More)
The trypanocidal action of green tea catechins against two different developmental stages of Trypanosoma cruzi is reported for the first time. This activity was assayed with the nonproliferative bloodstream trypomastigote and with the intracellular replicative amastigote parasite forms. An ethyl acetate fraction from Camellia sinensis green tea leaves,(More)
The trypanocidal activity of catechins on Trypanosoma cruzi bloodstream trypomastigotes has been previously reported. Herein, we present the effect of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) on parasitemia and survival in a murine model of acute Chagas' disease as well as on the epimastigote form of the parasite. Upon intraperitoneal administration of daily doses(More)
The effects of methoprene, a juvenile hormone analogue (JHA), on Trypanosoma cruzi bloodstream trypomastigotes (Tulahuen strain, Tul 2 stock) were studied. It was observed that 150microM of methoprene in in vitro experiments cause cellular death of T. cruzi. In contrast, methoprene was not able to clear bloodstream trypomastigotes in in vivo experiments,(More)