Mitogenicity of Entamoeba histolytica extracts for murine lymphocytes

T. Diamantstein, D. Trissl, M. Klos, D. Gold, H. Hahn

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Aqueous extracts or aqueous extracts of delipidated Entamoeba histolytica (E.h.e.) contain a mitogenic principle for murine lymphocytes. As detected by [ 3H]-thymidine incorporation and blast transformation, E.h.e. acted predominantly on T cells of splenic origin, but not on thymocytes or bone marrow cells. Furthermore, E.h.e. induced proliferation of a subset of non-T-cells which is present in the spleen of athymic nude mice, adhered to nylon wool, but could not be activated to produce antibody. It seems possible that polyclonal activation of lymphocytes by E. histolytica might play a role in the disturbance of the immune system as manifested in the impaired cell mediated immune response of E. histolytica infected hosts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-352
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980


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