Immunolocalization of Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis membrane antigens recognized by mAbs SST-2, SST-3, and SST-4
Takahashi, H. K.
Straus, A. H.
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The immunolocalization of Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis stage-specific antigens recognized by mAbs was analysed by transmission electron microscopy. the antigen recognized by mAb SST-2 was present at the surface of promastigotes, including the flagellum and flagellar pocket. the reactivity of SST-2 with isolates of different serodemes showed a pronounced microheterogencity in terms of the number of reactive bands within the low molecular weight range from 24 to 33 kDa. the 180 kDa glycoprotein recognized by mAb SST-3 was present only in the flagellar membrane. SST-3 also recognized multiple discrete bands from 160 to 200 kDa, as observed in several serodemes. in contrast, mAb SST-4, which recognizes a 98 kDa antigen, showed weak labelling on the promastigote surface by transmission electron microscopy and indirect immunofluorescence. Based on Western blotting, indirect immunofluorescence, and solid-phase radioimmunoassay, the antigens recognized by mAbs SST-2, SST-3 and SST-4 were present in all L. (V.) braziliensis analysed, from 7 different serodemes.
CitationParasitology. New York: Cambridge Univ Press, v. 127, p. 449-456, 2003.
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