Trichomonas vaginalis kills and eats – evidence for phagocytic activity as a cytopathic effect

@article{Midlej2009TrichomonasVK,
  title={Trichomonas vaginalis kills and eats – evidence for phagocytic activity as a cytopathic effect},
  author={Victor Midlej and Marlene Benchimol},
  journal={Parasitology},
  year={2009},
  volume={137},
  pages={65 - 76}
}
SUMMARY This study reports that the cytopathic effect of Trichomonas vaginalis, an important human parasite of the urogenital tract, occurs due to mechanical stress and subsequent phagocytosis of the necrotic cells. The investigation was done using a primary culture of bovine oviduct epithelial cells (BOECs), grown either in monolayers or as floating cells. Trophozoites displaying different virulence levels were co-incubated with BOECs for times varying between 1 min and 48 h. Analyses were… 

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