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Mol Biochem Parasitol. 1986 May;19(2):111-6.

Metronidazole-resistant clinical isolates of Trichomonas vaginalis have lowered oxygen affinities.

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  • Mol Biochem Parasitol 1986 Sep;20(3):295.


Oxygen affinities of metronidazole susceptible and resistant isolates of the parasitic flagellate protozoon Trichomonas vaginalis were determined by mass spectrometric methods. Apparent O2Km values for the respiration of non-proliferating cell suspensions were about 10-fold higher for metronidazole resistant strains than for the susceptible strains C1-NIH or NYH-286. Simultaneous monitoring of hydrogen evolution in the presence of increasing O2 tensions enabled apparent Ki values for H2 to be determined; and this function was independent of metronidazole susceptibility. Apparent O2 affinities of the hydrogenosomal and non-sedimentable fractions were determined for the strains CDC 85 (metronidazole resistant) and C1-NIH, which showed the deficiency in the O2 scavenging capacity by the resistant strain to be associated with the hydrogenosome-containing fraction.

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