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Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo. 1999 Jan-Feb;41(1):45-58.

Giardia duodenalis: inter-strain variability of proteins, antigens, proteases, isoenzymes and nucleic acids.

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Departamento de Parasitologia, Instituto de Biociências, Campus de Botucatu/UNESP, SP, Brasil.


Giardia duodenalis isolates from asymptomatic or symptomatic patients and from animals present similarities and differences in the protein composition, antigenic profile, pattern of proteases and isoenzymes, as well as in nucleic acids analysis. In the present overview, these differences and similarities are reviewed with emphasis in the host-parasite interplay and possible mechanisms of virulence of the protozoon.

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