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The sand flies inject the infective stage i. Promastigotes that reach the puncture wound are phagocytized by macrophages and other types of mononuclear phagocytic cells. Promastigotes transform in these cells into the tissue stage of the parasite i. Parasite, host, and other factors affect whether the infection becomes symptomatic and whether cutaneous or visceral leishmaniasis results. Sand flies become infected by ingesting infected cells during blood meals ,. Instead stationary phase organisms possessed larger LPG molecules than their logarithmic counterparts, similar to changes that occur in L.

These results are consistent with the existence of two distinct mechanisms for inducible peroxide resistance that are differentially invoked in response to environmental or developmentally programmed stimuli. Antioxidant mechanisms that protect other microbes against reactive oxygen intermediates can be divided into enzymatic and non-enzymatic defenses. In addition, proteins that limit or repair oxidative damage include DNA repair systems 47 and the heat shock proteins The current study documented two non-enzymatic mechanisms, the heat shock response and developmental changes in LPG, that correlate with inducible resistance of Leishmania sp.

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A developmental increase in the size of LPG due to the addition of increasing numbers of phosphosaccharide residues is a defining characteristic of the highly infectious metacyclic form of L. Our observation that the LPG of L. First, stationary growth is the L. Second, the modulation of LPG provides an explanation for increased oxidant resistance of stationary phase L.

In contrast to developmental changes, stress-induced oxidant resistance of L. Instead the increased synthesis of stress-inducible proteins, including but undoubtedly not limited to HSP70, likely limits or sequesters the oxidant-induced damage. The HSP70 family of heat shock proteins includes members localized in the cytosol, mitochondrion, and endoplasmic reticulum of eukaryotic cells HSP70 proteins assist in protein translation and translocation across membranes, and they suppress aggregation of damaged proteins and reactivate denatured proteins.

Cytoplasmic HSP70 homologues are induced in response to environmental stress. HSPmediated protection from toxic environmental conditions may occur via two mechanisms. First, it is likely that HSP70 cooperates with other stress-induced proteins to prevent heat-induced denaturation prior to aggregation of proteins in vitro 55 , Second, HSP70 family proteins can suppress programmed cell death by preventing the activation of critical kinases leading to heat-induced apoptosis It has been shown in several mammalian cell lines that the overexpression of HSP70 protects cells from the toxic effects of heat, H 2 O 2 , monocyte-induced cytotoxicity, or superoxide generated by several methods In addition, transgenic expression of either rat or human HSP70 in mice protects them from myocardial ischemic injury 63 , To our knowledge the current study contains the first evidence that overexpression of heat-inducible HSP70 renders a microbial pathogen more resistant to the toxic effects of oxidant exposure.

The above findings lead to a model in which programmed developmental changes modulate the form of LPG and generate an oxidant-resistant promastigote ready for inoculation into a mammal. The increased temperature in a mammalian host in conjunction with oxidants generated during phagocytosis trigger the synthesis of proteins required for continued oxidant resistance of the intracellular amastigote form of the parasite. HSP70 is among the first proteins induced, but others including some inducible antioxidant enzymes are likely of equal importance It has been hypothesized that transiently increased expression of heat shock proteins precedes transformation between the life stages of protozoan parasites In Leishmania promastigotes these could serve the dual purposes of protecting parasites from phagocyte-induced toxicity and preparing for the extensive protein remodeling that must accompany the morphologic stage change.

We conclude that Leishmania sp.

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Parasites A Brazilian isolate of L. Figure 1 Stress-induced resistance of promastigotes to H 2 O 2 -mediated toxicity. ODC Expression after Environmental Stress Trypanothione is a conjugate of glutathione and spermidine that cycles between oxidized and reduced thiol forms.

Figure 2 Induction of ornithine decarboxylase mRNA. Figure 3 Assay of ODC activity.


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Levels of Reduced Thiols after Environmental Stress Promastigotes can become resistant to heavy metals by overproducing trypanothione Figure 5 Levels of reduced trypanothione A and glutathione B are shown in control promastigotes open bars or promastigotes exposed to 1 m m DFMO , 2. View this table: In this window In a new window. Table I Levels of polyamines in promastigotes under different stress conditions. Expression of Proteins and HSP70 after Environmental Stress To determine whether conditions that augment promastigote resistance to H 2 O 2 induce a stress response, we measured the rate of protein synthesis.

Figure 8 H 2 O 2 resistance of transfected promastigotes. Lipophosphoglycan Size after Stress Exposure LPG is a multifunctional promastigote surface glycolipid that, in isolated form, can scavenge hydroxyl radical and superoxide anions 6. Previous Section. Pompella A. Medline Google Scholar. Pearson R.

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Sacks D. Lesse A. Methods : — De Andrade C. LeBowitz J. Andersen K. The CTL detaches from its target and goes to look for another infected cell Figure 4. Antibodies: Important for some protozoa's and helminths that infect the gut Figure 5. Figure 5. Antibodies produced by the humoral part of the immune system B lymphocytes bind to parasites found in the gut. The Fc portion of the antibody then bind to FcR Fc receptor on macrophages and eosinophils which activate them to produce and release toxic chemicals that kill the parasite.

This is an example of antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity ADCC.

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Click to enlarge. Mast cells and goblet cells for intestinal parasites. Mast cells release toxic mediators, while mucin secretions by goblet cells prevents nutrient uptake by the parasite and may aid in flushing out the parasite.