Marie Therese Merchant

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A Taenia solium glutathione-S-transferase fraction (SGSTF) was isolated from a metacestode crude extract by affinity chromatography on reduced glutathione (GSH)-sepharose. The purified fraction displayed a specific glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity of 2.8 micromol/min/mg and glutathione peroxidase selenium-independent activity of 0.22(More)
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)
BACKGROUND In a previous study, it was shown that growth of evaginated metacestodes occurs in the germinative tissue of the neck by duplication of somatic stem cells. In these specimens, it was not possible to find the mitotic figures required to demonstrate duplication of germ cell lines. METHODS Taenia solium strobilae were collected from the intestinal(More)
Evaginated Taenia solium metacestodes dissected from infected pork meat were incubated in vitro in RPMI 1640 medium with tritiated thymidine, washed, and further incubated for various chase periods. Worms were fixed and embedded in Poly/Bed and sections were processed for autoradiography. Results showed that all longitudinal sections had a germinative(More)
Experimental infections in golden hamsters with viable Taenia solium metacestodes were used to study by light and electron microscopy the implantation site of the adult tapeworm in the intestinal wall. Implantation sites from 3-, 4-, 10-, and 40-day infections were located in the upper third of the duodenum, excised and fixed in Zenker's or Karnovsky's(More)
The morphological localization of antigen B (AgB) in the tissues of the Taenia solium metacestode was studied by immunological and biochemical methods. Indirect immunofluorescence carried out on vibratome sections showed that AgB is widely distributed throughout the tissue. A more intense fluorescence was observed in the tegumentary cytons of the bladder(More)
A glycoprotein-enriched fraction was obtained by Concanavalin A-Sepharose 4B affinity chromatography from a crude extract of T. solium cysticerci. The six most prominent glycoproteins with molecular sizes of 180, 103, 96, 68, 55 and 45 kDa were purified by electro-elution from polyacrylamide gel slices. Ultrastructural localization assays using hyperimmune(More)
The aim of this work was to test the effect of cyclosporin-A (CsA) on some immunological, morphological and functional aspects developed after spinal cord injury. The specific cellular immune response against spinal cord constituents, the amount of spared tissue and myelination at the site of injury, and the motor function outcome were assessed in a first(More)
Taenia crassiceps cysticerci were disrupted through trypsinization to isolate cells which can be maintained in culture for up to 15 days. When injected intraperitoneally into susceptible BALB/cAnN mice, complete cysticerci were recovered in a number that is proportional to the quantity of injected cells. Thus, cysticerci contain cells which can reconstitute(More)
An inflammatory reaction with the general characteristics of a chronic granuloma surrounding Taenia solium larvae in pig muscle is described. Larvae with an inflammatory capsule were obtained at slaughter from pigs 6-8 months-of-age and were processed for light and electron microscopy. Eosinophils (granulocytes with orange staining and peroxidase-positive(More)