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Exp Parasitol. 1987 Oct;64(2):147-56.

Leishmania donovani metacyclic promastigotes: transformation in vitro, lectin agglutination, complement resistance, and infectivity.

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Wolfson Molecular Biology Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.


Freshly transformed Leishmania donovani amastigotes from hamster spleen were used to establish axenic cultures at high density in a modified Grace's medium, which was only partly replenished when cultures were fed. Small, free-swimming, highly active stationary phase promastigotes with a short cell body and long flagellum were induced in this medium. The freshly transformed stationary phase promastigotes so induced were less able to bind peanut agglutinin, had more than 40-fold increased resistance to killing by normal human serum, and 15-fold increased infectivity both in vivo and in vitro when compared to freshly transformed logarithmic phase or long term culture promastigotes. These short form promastigotes may correspond to the metacyclic promastigote forms in the sand fly vector.

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