STAGE-SPECIFIC EXPRESSION AND INTRACELLULAR SHEDDING OF THE CELL-SURFACE TRANS-SIALIDASE OF TRYPANOSOMA-CRUZI
Schenkman, Sergio [UNIFESP]
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We have used antibodies to the Trypanosoma cruzi trans-sialidase and to its product, the host cell invasion-related Ssp-3 epitope, to study the expression of the corresponding antigens during the intracellular development of the parasite and in the extracellular trypomastigotes. As soon as 2 h after host cell invasion, trans-sialidase was no longer detected, whereas the Ssp-3 epitope was still present on intracellular parasites. The amastigotes which subsequently developed remained nonreactive with the antibodies. Expression of enzymatically active T. cruzi trans-sialidase started again only after transformation of the amastigotes into trypomastigotes 72 h after host cell invasion. trans-Sialidase was shed from the trypanosomes into the host cell cytoplasm, where the enzyme accumulated until release of the parasites. All released trypomastigotes expressed trans-sialidase on their surfaces and in the flagellar pockets, but stumpy trypomastigotes were stained more intensely than slender trypomastigotes. Ssp-3, the sialylated reaction product of trans-sialidase, was assembled only after rupture of the host cell membrane and was detected on the plasma membranes and in the flagellar pockets of all trypomastigotes.
CitationInfection And Immunity. Washington: Amer Soc Microbiology, v. 60, n. 6, p. 2349-2360, 1992.
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