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Exp Parasitol. 1991 Nov;73(4):451-9.

Trypanosoma cruzi: antibodies to a MAP-like protein in chronic Chagas' disease cross-react with mammalian cytoskeleton.

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Institut Pasteur, Paris, France.


Trypanosoma cruzi lambda gt 11 library from epimastogote derived mRNA was screened with human chagasic sera or sera from chronically infected mice. Strong reactive recombinants were detected with both sera. Two recombinant clones were studied in more detail and shown to be composed of the same 114-bp repetitive sequence coding for a 38 amino acid repetition. This repetition is the same size and shares greater than 60% homology with the reported T. brucei microtubule associated protein (MAP) p320. The insert of one of these clones, K1-7 (228 bp), was subcloned into pMSgt11 and the soluble recombinant polypeptide expressed. Antibodies against the K1-7 fusion polypeptide recognized a major 110-kDa band from cytoskeleton. Anti K1-7 monospecific antibodies detected several cytoskeletal proteins from 3T3 fibroblasts and bovine brain microtubule preparations. Reciprocally, anti-MAP1b monoclonal antibodies raised against bovine brain microtubule reacted with the K1-7 polypeptide on Western blots. The protein identified by K1-7 antibodies may be one of the parasite molecules associated to molecular mimicry.

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