Marlen Reyes

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A Trypanosoma cruzi antigen which is shed into the culture medium by the trypomastigote stage of the parasite and detected in blood of acutely infected mice was cloned and characterized. We designate this antigen shed acute phase antigen (SAPA). Five protein bands with apparent molecular masses ranging from 160 to 200 kDa were detected by immunoblotting of(More)
Like most essential nutrients, Fe needs to be maintained in the body at a defined level for optimal health, with appropriate adaptation to varying Fe needs and supply. The primary mechanism for controlling Fe level is the regulation of Fe absorption. Several different proteins have been identified as contributors to the process. Despite a complex regulatory(More)
Belminus herreri, originally described from specimens collected in Panama, was considered entirely silvatic until to 2000 when it was found for the first time in a domestic habitat in Colombia. In 2001, during a new search of houses in the Department of Cesar, Colombia, 121 specimens were collected. Study of their feeding sources using an ELISA test(More)
Chromosomal DNA from Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of the American trypanosomiasis (Chagas' disease), was used for construction of a DNA library, employing the expression vector lambda gt11. Nine clones encoding different parasite antigens were isolated from this library by screening with an antiserum from a Chagasic patient. Nucleotide sequence analysis(More)
Polyclonal antibodies obtained against antigenic proteins encoded by six recombinant DNA clones of Trypanosoma cruzi were used for the ultrastructural localization of the respective antigens in thin sections of parasites (epimastigote, amastigote and trypomastigote forms of T. cruzi) embedded at low temperature in Lowicryl K4M resin. Antigens of high(More)
Fifty-two isolates and several clones from Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas' disease, were analyzed using cloned minicircles or total kinetoplast DNA as probes. Isolates were obtained from triatomines, guinea pigs and infected humans in the Central and Northern regions of Argentina and the North of Chile. 35% of all the randomly selected isolates(More)
A panel of Trypanosoma cruzi antigens produced by recombinant DNA techniques was used to analyze the IgM and IgG specificities present in sera from 22 mothers with chronic Chagas disease and their newborn infants. Ten of the newborns were congenitally infected and the other 12 children were healthy. While in most cases IgG specificities in the newborns(More)
In this article, Alberto Frasch and Maria Reyes discuss the development of new tools for the serodiagnosis of Chagas disease (caused by Trypanosoma cruzi) and describe recombinant antigens that have proved to be of great diagnostic potential in distinguishing different stages of the disease. The work is important because different treatment strategies are(More)
Several recombinant Trypanosoma cruzi proteins previously isolated were used as antigens to analyse antibody specificities present in sera from human infections. Some parasite proteins such as SAPA (Shed Acute Phase Antigen) are antigenic early after infection. Others, like antigens 1 and 30, are antigenic mainly during the chronic phase of the infection.(More)