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Author Gutiérrez Peña, Enrique J. ♦ Knab, Julia ♦ Büttner, Dietrich W.
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Content type Text
Publisher Springer-Verlag
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1998
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Sociology & anthropology
Abstract The involvement of eosinophils in the host reaction to microfilariae (mf) of Onchocerca volvulus was studied by immunohistochemistry and immunoelectron microscopy. Skin biopsies were obtained from patients after transepidermal administration of the microfilaricide amocarzine. At 20–28 h after the application of amocarzine, mf were degenerated or dead and a marked eosinophil-parasite adherence (EPA) reaction was seen, with intense staining for intra- and extracellular eosinophil granule proteins such as eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) surrounding the mf. Immunoelectron microscopically the eosinophil granule matrix in intact and necrotic eosinophils was specifically labeled, whereas granules whose matrix had dissolved showed no specific gold particle binding. As specific labeling was seen on lowly electron-dense material adjacent to matrix-depleted granules, the material was regarded as released eosinophil granule matrix material. Intact and necrotic eosinophils, matrix-containing as well as matrix-depleted eosinophil granules, and released eosinophil granule matrix material were observed on the surface of damaged mf and between collagen fibers. The coincidence of mf degeneration, EPA reaction, and release of eosinophil granule matrix material on damaged mf and collagen fibers indicated a role of eosinophils and eosinophil granule matrix protein in the host reaction to mf after amocarzine application.
ISSN 09320113
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1998-07-27
Publisher Place Berlin/Heidelberg
e-ISSN 14321955
Journal Parasitology Research
Volume Number 84
Issue Number 8
Page Count 9
Starting Page 607
Ending Page 615


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