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Infect Immun. 1988 Dec;56(12):3320-1.

Elastase in the pathogenic free-living amoebae Naegleria and Acanthamoeba spp.

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  • 1Department of Immunology, Adelaide Children's Hospital, Australia.

Abstract

The data showed that pathogenic free-living amoebae contain the proteolytic enzyme elastase. The levels of enzyme were similar in Naegleria fowleri, N. australianis italica, and Acanthamoeba culbertsoni A-1. No difference was found between elastase levels in a highly pathogenic N. fowleri and those in the same organism which had lost pathogenicity as a result of long-term axenic maintenance.

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