Perimicrovillar membrane assembly: the fate of phospholipids synthesised by the midgut of Rhodnius prolixus
Epimastigote culture forms of different isolates of Trypanosoma cruzi from different mammal hosts, humans, and vectors were tested with FITC-conjugated peanut agglutinin lectin (PNA-FITC). The parasites maintained in axenic medium, liver infusion tryptose. were evaluated by flow cytometric analyses; whereas T. cruzi I (Tcl), which is associated with the sylvatic transmission cycle, was labeled in high percentages with PNA (88-99.2%), T. cruzi II (TcII) (parasites associated with domiciliar cycle) and T. cruzi, zymodeme 3 (Tc/Z3) (also associated with the sylvatic cycle) were labeled in low percentages (TcII, 0-26% and Tc/Z3, 0-12.6%). It was demonstrated that it is possible to differentiate the 2 main T. cruzi subpopulations, TcI and TcII, using Arachis hypogaea. These results also showed a higher variability in TcII in terms of PNA binding.