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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 91, No. 1, 1996, pp. 107-110
Bioline Code: oc96018
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 91, No. 1, 1996, pp. 107-110

 en Hemolytic activity of Trichomonas vaginalis and Tritrichomonas foetus
De Carli, Geraldo A; Brasseur, Philippe; Da Silva, Ana C; Wendorff, Aline & Rott, Marilise


The hemolytic activity of live isolates and clones of Trichomonas vaginalis and Tritrichomonas foetus was investigated. The isolates were tested against human erythrocytes. No hemolytic activity was detected by the isolates of T. foetus. Whereas the isolates of T. vaginalis
lysed erythrocytes from all human blood groups. No hemolysin released by the parasites could be detected. Our preliminary results suggest that hemolysis depend on the susceptibility of red cell membranes to destabilization and the intervention of cell surface receptors as a mechanism of the hemolytic activity. The mechanism could be subject to strain-species-genera specific variation of trichomonads. The hemolytic activity of T. vaginalis is not due to a hemolysin or to a product of its metabolism. Pretreatment of trichomonads with concanavalin A reduced levels of hemolysis by 40%.

Trichomonas vaginalis - Tritrichomonas foetus - hemolytic activity - isolates - clones

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