Miercio E.A Pereira

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Trypanosoma cruzi at various stages of maturation and differentiation have been isolated by conventional cellular fractionation procedures and characterized by cell surface markers using 30 highly purified lectins encompassing all known sugar specificities. Cell surface carbohydrates of the various T. cruzi stages were analyzed by agglutination and(More)
Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas' disease, expresses a trans-sialidase at highest levels in infective trypomastigotes, where it attaches to the plasma membrane by a glycophosphoinositol linkage. Bound enzyme sheds into the extracellular milieu in a soluble form. Experiments performed in vitro suggest that the trans-sialidase participates(More)
The specificity of purified, peanut agglutinin has been studied immunochemically by quantitative precipitin and inhibition assays. The lectin showed substantial differences in precipitating with blood-group substances of the same specificity. Of the B substances tested, horse 4 25% completely precipitated the lectin, Beach phenol insoluble failed to(More)
The ability of the Lyme disease spirochete to attach to host components may contribute to its ability to infect diverse tissues. We present evidence that the Lyme disease spirochete expresses a lectin activity that promotes agglutination of erythrocytes and bacterial attachment to glycosaminoglycans. Among a diverse collection of 21 strains of Lyme disease(More)
The mechanisms by which the human enteric pathogen Giardia lamblia colonizes the proximal small intestine are poorly understood. Although the parasite possesses an attachment organelle on its ventral surface, the "sucking" disk, we considered that like many bacteria and some protozoa, G. lamblia might also have a surface membrane-associated modality for(More)
Lectins of different activities were found in the crop, midgut, and hemolymph of the insect Rhodnius prolixus. These were not specific for N-acetyl-D-mannosamine, alpha-N-acetyl-D-galactosamine, and alpha- and beta-galactose, respectively. Lectin receptors were detectable in epimastigote but not in trypomastigote forms of Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan(More)
The substrate specificity, physico-chemical, and kinetic properties of the trans-sialidase from Trypanosoma cruzi have been investigated. The enzyme demonstrates activity towards a wide range of saccharide, glycolipid, and glycoprotein acceptors which terminate with a beta-linked galactose residue, and synthesizes exclusively an alpha 2-3 sialosidic(More)
A method for obtaining large numbers of Giardia lamblia cysts in vitro was developed based on modification of earlier methods of in vitro encystation. Maximal numbers of cysts were obtained by growing trophozoites to confluence in TYI-S-33 growth medium containing 0.5 mg/ml of bovine bile, followed by incubation in medium containing 10 mg/ml of bovine bile,(More)
Trypanosoma cruzi expresses a developmentally regulated neuraminidase (TCNA) implicated in parasite invasion of cells. We isolated full-length DNA clones encoding TCNA. Sequence analysis demonstrated an open reading frame coding for a polypeptide of 1,162 amino acids. In the N-terminus there is a cysteine-rich domain containing a stretch of 332 amino acids(More)