PMID: 44097Dec 1, 1979

Acid hydrolases of trypanosomatid flagellates

Acta Tropica
R F SteigerJ E Druetz


Homogenates from 5 species of Trypanosomatids were screened for the presence of a series of acid hydrolases. The insect flagellae, Crithidia sp., contains 5 enzymes reminiscent of plant parasitism, which were absent from or of very low specific activity in parasites of the genera, Trypanosoma and Leishmania. The latter mammalian parasites, on the other hand, exhibited higher acid proteinase and alpha-D-mannosidase activity levels.

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