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To examine the relationship between phagocytosis, proteinase activity and pathogenicity of axenically grown trophozoites of E. histolytica of strain HM-1:IMSS four different cultures were used: 1) a culture preserved in our laboratory for over 4 years, that lost its pathogenicity 3 years ago; 2) a culture passaged several times through hamster liver, that(More)
Apoptosis has been described in some parasites like Leishmania, Trypanosoma, and Trichomonas. This phenomenon has not been observed yet in Entamoeba histolytica. This work analyzed the in vitro effect of sodium nitroprusside, sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate (NOs) on E. histolytica apoptosis. Parasites incubated for 1h with NOs revealed apoptosis 6h later(More)
A polyclonal antibody raised against a purified approximately 30 kDa cysteine proteinase derived from extracts of axenically grown trophozoites of E. histolytica strain HM-1:IMSS was used to stain 72 h cultures of the same amebas by indirect immunofluorescence. Fluorescence was limited to the outer membrane of the parasite and was either uniformly(More)
BACKGROUND Senescent cells occur in adults with cirrhotic livers independent of the etiology. AIM Investigate the presence rate of cellular senescence and expression of cell cycle check points in livers from children with end stage disease. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Livers of five children aged three years or less undergoing liver transplantation(More)