Organization and expression of a multigene family encoding the surface glycoproteins of Trypanosoma cruzi metacyclic trypomastigotes involved in the cell invasion.

Abstract

The infective forms of Trypanosoma cruzi are the trypomastigote stages found in the bloodstream of mammalian hosts or the metacyclic trypomastigotes present in the digestive tract of the insect. Metacyclic trypomastigotes express two stage-specific glycoproteins (gp90 and gp82) that have no counterpart in blood trypomastigotes (Yoshida 1983, Teixeira… (More)

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