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Stage-specific surface antigens of metacyclic trypomastigotes of Trypanosoma cruzi identified by monoclonal antibodies



Stage-specific surface antigens of metacyclic trypomastigotes of Trypanosoma cruzi identified by monoclonal antibodies



Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 18(3): 271-282



Stage-specific Trypanosoma cruzi surface antigens were characterized by using monoclonal antibodies (MAb) which bind specifically to the metacyclic trypomastigotes derived from either the insect vector or acellular cultures. A protein with an apparent molecular weight of 90,000 was detected by the MAb 5E7 on the surface of cultured metacyclics of four strains of T. cruzi: G, CL, Y and Tulahuen. The MAb 1G7, which binds to an epitope of the 90 kDa antigen distinct from that recognized by the MAb 5E7, reacted with metacyclics of the G and Tulahuen strains but not of the Y or CL strain. A polypeptide of approximately 82 kDa, identified by the MAb 3F6, was found in the metacyclics of all four T. cruzi strains. The MAb 3F6 also detected a 75 kDa antigen in the G strain metacyclics. The stage-specific MAb and the polyclonal antibodies from mice protected against acute T. cruzi infection by immunization with killed G metacyclics identified the same set of major surface proteins of G metacyclic trypomastigotes.

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DOI: 10.1016/0166-6851(86)90085-x



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