Comparative utilization of pyruvate by Brugia pahangi, Dipetalonema viteae, and Litomosoides carinii.

The metabolism of pyruvate by the adult filarial parasites Brugia pahangi, Dipetalonema viteae, and Litomosoides carinii has been compared. Istopic carbon-balance studies indicate the presence of significant pyruvate dehydrogenase activity in L. carinii but little or no activity in either B. pahangi or D. viteae. In all 3 helminths, the quantities of… (More)