Membrane characterization of amastigote-like forms of Leishmania donovani
Abstract:During in vitro transformation, Leishmania donovani promastigotes converted into amastigote-like forms and underwent several changes in membrane parameters. They exhibited significantly increased microviscosity comparable to true amastigotes. Activities of several functionally important membrane bound enzymes were also altered, thereby indicating a change in their orientation. Peanut agglutinin was found to be specific for agglutination of stationary phase promastigotes whereas wheat-germ agglutinin was specific for the amastigote-like forms as well as for pure amastigotes, implying the presence of specific glycoconjugates on the parasite surface.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1996-08-01