Leishmania major: differential regulation of the surface metalloprotease in amastigote and promastigote stages.

During its life cycle, the protozoan parasite Leishmania major alternates from an intracellular amastigote form in the mammalian host to a flagellated promastigote form in the insect vector. The expression of the surface metalloprotease (PSP) during differentiation in vitro was investigated by Western and Northern blots, by immunoprecipitation of cells… (More)