[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL) is an infectious disease, often with long-duration evolution, caused by Leishmania (L.) infantum chagasi. However, although the disease is considered the major clinical manifestation of the link between L. (L.) i. chagasi and the human immune response, we have recently identified five clinical-immunological profiles of infection in the Brazilian Amazon: three asymptomatic (Asymptomatic Infection - AI, Sub-clinical Resistant Infection - SRI, and Indeterminate Initial Infection - III), and two symptomatic ones [Symptomatic Infection - SI ( = AVL) and Sub-clinical Oligosymptomatic Infection - SOI]. We confirm here the preclinical diagnosis of AVL through the IgM-antibody response in a case of an early infection (profile III) that evolved to the full disease after 6 weeks.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to characterize the immunopathological response in the skin of S. apella infected with Leishmania (L.) amazonensis and L. (V.) braziliensis parasites, the main causative agents of localized cutaneous leishmaniasis in South America. In infected animals, amastigote forms of L. (L.) amazonensis could be detected till 120 days postinfection (PI), while, in L. (V.) braziliensis infection, parasites could be detected until 180 days PI in the skin sections. CD20(+) cells were detected throughout the experimental time in both groups as well as in CD3(+) cells, which appeared to be activated because high densities of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS(+)) cells were detected at 60 and 90 days PI in both studied groups. After 60 and 120 days PI, decrease in iNOS(+) cells was observed in L. (L.) amazonensis and L. (V.) braziliensis, respectively, which was associated with parasite clearance. Increase in lysozyme(+) cells was observed during the experimental infections, which also can be associated with parasite killing.
BioMed Research International 08/2014; 2014:134236. DOI:10.1155/2014/134236 · 2.71 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We phenotypically characterized 43 leishmanial parasites from cutaneous leishmaniasis by isoenzyme electrophoresis and the indirect immunofluorescence antibody test (23 McAbs). Identifications revealed 11 (25.6%) strains of Leishmania (V.) braziliensis, 4 (9.3%) of L. (V.) shawi shawi, 7 (16.3%) of L. (V.) shawi santarensis, 6 (13.9%) of L. (V.) guyanensis and L. (V.) lainsoni, 2 (4.7%) of L. (L.) amazonensis, and 7 (16.3%) of a putative hybrid parasite, L. (V.) guyanensis/L. (V.) shawi shawi. McAbs detected three different serodemes of L. (V.) braziliensis: I-7, II-1, and III-3 strains. Among the strains of L. (V.) shawi we identified two populations: one (7 strains) expressing the B19 epitope that was previously considered to be species-specific for L. (V.) guyanensis. We have given this population sub-specific rank, naming it L. (V.) s. santarensis. The other one (4 strains) did not express the B19 epitope like the L. (V.) shawi reference strain, which we now designate as L. (V.) s. shawi. For the first time in the eastern Brazilian Amazon we register a putative hybrid parasite (7 strains), L. (V.) guyanensis/L. (V.) s. shawi, characterized by a new 6PGDH three-band profile at the level of L. (V.) guyanensis. Its PGM profile, however, was very similar to that of L. (V.) s. shawi. These results suggest that the lower Amazon region - western Pará state, Brazil, represents a biome where L. (V.) guyanensis and L. (V.) s. shawi exchange genetic information.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: SUMMARY In the present study, we assessed morphological changes and cytokine production after in vitro interaction with causative agents of American cutaneous leishmaniasis and compared the microglia and macrophage immune responses. Cultures of microglia and macrophages infected with stationary-phase promastigotes of Leishmania (Viannia) shawi, Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis or Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis were evaluated 24, 48 and 72 h after interaction. Macrophages only presented the classical phagocytic process while microglia also displayed large cytoplasmic projections similar to the ruffles described in macropinocytosis. In the macrophage cultures, the percentage of infected cells increased over time, in a fashion that was dependent on the parasite species. In contrast, in microglial cells as the culture time progressed, there was a significant reduction in the percentage of infected cells independent of parasite species. Measurements of cytokines in macrophage cultures 48 h after interactions revealed distinct expression patterns for different parasites, whereas in microglial cultures they were similar for all Leishmania tested species. Taken together, our results suggest that microglia may have a higher phagocytic ability and cytotoxic potential than macrophages for all investigated species. The robust response of microglia against all parasite species may suggest microglia have an important role in the defence against cerebral leishmaniasis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction:
The relationship between severe clinical manifestations of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and immune response profiles has not yet been clarified, despite numerous studies on the subject. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between cytokine profiles and the presence of immunological markers associated with clinical manifestations and, particularly, signs of severity, as defined in a protocol drafted by the Ministry of Health (Brazil).
We conducted a prospective, descriptive study between May 2008 and December 2009. This study was based on an assessment of all pediatric patients with VL who were observed in a reference hospital in Maranhão.
Among 27 children, 55.5% presented with more than one sign of severity or warning sign. Patients without signs of severity or warning signs and patients with only one warning sign had the highest interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) levels, although their interleukin 10 (IL-10) levels were also elevated. In contrast, patients with the features of severe disease had the lowest IFN-γ levels. Three patients who presented with more than two signs of severe disease died; these patients had undetectable interleukin 2 (IL-2) and IFN-γ levels and low IL-10 levels, which varied between 0 and 36.8pg/mL.
Our results showed that disease severity was associated with low IFN-γ levels and elevated IL-10 levels. However, further studies with larger samples are needed to better characterize the relationship between disease severity and cytokine levels, with the aim of identifying immunological markers of active-disease severity.
Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical 11/2013; 46(6):741-5. DOI:10.1590/0037-8682-0203-2013 · 0.98 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Resumo: A LTA constitui um sério problema de saúde pública; trata-se de uma doença endêmica no Brasil, tendo distribuição em todo território nacional, com maior casuística na Pré-Amazônia Maranhense. Causada por diferentes espécies de protozoários do gênero Leishmania Ross, 1903, esta doença caracteriza-se pelo comprometimento cutâneo e, dependendo da espécie de Leishmania e de fatores inerentes ao hospedeiro, podem ocorrer lesões mutilantes nas mucosas nasobucofaríngea. Foram atendidos 35 pacientes na cidade de Buriticupu, estado do Maranhão, dos quais a maioria era do gênero masculino (85,7%), apresentava um tempo de evolução da doença inferior a 2 meses (51,4%) e média de idade de 33,9±15,9 anos. Essas características indicam que, embora a busca ao serviço diagnóstico se dê na fase aguda, a doença continua a avançar nas regiões pesquisadas. Abstract: Epidemiological study of patients with American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Buriticupu, pre-amazon region of Maranhão. ACL constitutes a serious public health problem; it is an endemic disease in Brazil, being distributed in all of the nation's territory, with higher casuistic in the pre-amazon portion of Maranhão. Caused by many different protozoan species from the genus Leishmania Ross, 1903; this disease is characterized by its cutaneous compromises, and, depending on the species of Leishmania and on inherent host factors, there may occur mutilating lesions on the nasobuccopharingeal mucosae. 35 patients with ACL were assessed in the cities of São Luís and Buriticupu, state of Maranhão, from which the majority were males (85,7%), had a disease evolution time of below 2 months (51,4%) and a mean age of 33,9±15,9 years old. These characteristics indicate that, although the diagnostics made within the acute phase of the disease, it is still progressing in the locations researched.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The expression of Langerhans cell (LC) and dermal dendritic cell (dDC) as well as T CD4(+) and CD8(+) immune responses was evaluated in the skin of BALB/c mice experimentally infected by L. (L.) amazonensis (La) and L. (V.) braziliensis (Lb). At 4th and 8th weeks post infection (PI), skin biopsies were collected to determine the parasite load and CD207(+), CD11c(+), CD4(+), CD8(+), iNOS(+) cellular densities. Cytokine (IFN-γ, IL-4 and IL-10) profiles were also analysed in draining lymph node. At 4th week, the densities of CD207(+) and CD11c(+) were higher in the La infection, while in the Lb infection, these markers revealed a significant increase at 8th week. At 4th week, CD4(+) and CD8(+) were higher in the La infection, but at 8th week, there was a substantial increase in both markers in the Lb infection. iNOS(+) was higher in the Lb infection at 4th and 8th weeks. In contrast, the parasite load was higher in the La infection at 4th and 8th weeks. The concentration of IFN-γ was higher in the Lb infection, but IL-4 and IL-10 were higher in the La infection at 4th and 8th weeks. These results confirm the role of the Leishmania species in the BALB/c mice disease characterized by differences in the expression of dendritic cells and cellular immune response.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study examined the susceptibility of peritoneal macrophage (PM) from the Neotropical primates: Callithrix jacchus, Callithrix penicillata, Saimiri sciureus, Aotus azarae infulatus and Callimico goeldii to ex vivo Leishmania (L.) infantum chagasi-infection, the etiological agent of American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL), as a screening assay for evaluating the potential of these non-human primates as experimental models for studying AVL. The PM-susceptibility to infection was accessed by the PM-infection index (PMI) at 24, 72 h and by the mean of these rates (FPMI), as well as by the TNF-α, IL-12 (Capture ELISA) and Nitric oxide (NO) responses (Griess method). At 24h, the PMI of A. azarae infulatus (128) was higher than those of C. penicillata (83), C. goeldii (78), S. sciureus (77) and C. jacchus (55). At 72h, there was a significant PMI decrease in four monkeys: A. azarae infulatus (128/37), C. penicillata (83/38), S. sciureus (77/38) and C. jacchus (55/12), with exception of C. goeldii (78/54). The FPMI of A. azarae infulatus (82.5) and C. goeldii (66) were higher than C. jacchus (33.5), but not higher than those of C. penicillata (60.5) and S. sciureus (57.5). The TNF-a response was more regular in those four primates which decreased their PMI at 24/72 h: C. jacchus (145/122 pg/mL), C. penicillata (154/130 pg/mL), S. sciureus (164/104 pg/mL) and A. azarae infulatus (154/104 pg/mL), with exception of C. goeldii (38/83 pg/mL). The IL-12 response was mainly prominent in A. infulatus and C. goeldii which presented the highest FPMI and, the NO response was higher in C. goeldii, mainly at 72 h. These findings strongly suggest that these New World primates have developed a resistant innate immune response mechanism capable of controlling the macrophage intracellular growth of L. (L.) i. chagasi-infection, which do not encourage their use as animal model for studying AVL.
Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo 04/2012; 54(2):95-101. DOI:10.1590/S0036-46652012000200007 · 1.01 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated the type I interferon (IFN-1)/PKR axis in the outcome of the Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis infection, along with the underlying mechanisms that trigger and sustain this signaling pathway. Reporter assays of cell extracts from RAW-264.7 macrophages infected with L. (L.) amazonensis or HEK-293T cells cotransfected with TLR2 and PKR promoter constructions were employed. Primary macrophages of TLR2-knockout (KO) or IFNR-KO mice were infected, and the levels of PKR, IFN-1, and superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) transcript levels were investigated and compared. Immunohistochemical analysis of human biopsy lesions was evaluated for IFN-1 and PKR-positive cells. Leishmania infection increased the expression of PKR and IFN-β on induction of PKR-promoter activity. The observed effects required the engagement of TLR2. TLR2-KO macrophages expressed low IFN-β and PKR levels postinfection with a reduced parasite load. We also revealed the requirement of PKR signaling for Leishmania-induced IFN-1 expression, responsible for sustaining PKR expression and enhancing infection. Moreover, during infection, SOD1 transcripts increased and were also enhanced when IFN-1 was added to the cultures. Remarkably, SOD1 expression was abrogated in infected, dominant-negative PKR-expressing cells. Finally, lesions of patients with anergic diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis exhibited higher levels of PKR/IFN-1-expressing cells compared to those with single cutaneous leishmaniasis. In summary, we demonstrated the mechanisms and relevance of the IFN-1/PKR axis in the Leishmania infection.
The FASEB Journal 08/2011; 25(12):4162-73. DOI:10.1096/fj.11-185165 · 5.04 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In Amazonian Brazil, the Cebus apella monkey (Primates: Cebidae) has been associated with the enzootic cycle of Leishmania (V.) shawi, a dermotropic parasite causing American cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL). It has also been successfully used as animal model for studying cutaneous leishmaniasis. In this work, there has been investigated its susceptibility to experimental Leishmania (L.) infantum chagasi-infection, the etiologic agent of American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL). There were used ten C. apella specimens, eight adult and two young, four males and six females, all born and raised in captivity. Two experimental infection protocols were performed: i) six monkeys were inoculated, intra-dermal via (ID), into the base of the tail with 2 x 10(6) promastigotes forms from the stationary phase culture medium; ii) other four monkeys were inoculated with 3 x 10(7) amastigotes forms from the visceral infection of infected hamsters by two different via: a) two by intravenous via (IV) and, b) other two by intra-peritoneal via (IP). The parameters of infection evaluation included: a) clinical: physical exam of abdomen, weigh and body temperature; b) parasitological: needle aspiration of the bone-marrow for searching of amastigotes (Giemsa-stained smears) and promastigotes forms (culture medium); c) immunological: Indirect fluorescence antibody test (IFAT) and, Delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH). In the six monkeys ID inoculated (promastigotes forms) all parameters of infection evaluation were negative during the 12 months period of follow-up. Among the four monkeys inoculated with amastigotes forms, two IV inoculated showed the parasite in the bone-marrow from the first toward to the sixth month p.i. and following that they cleared the infection, whereas the other two IP inoculated were totally negative. These four monkeys showed specific IgG-antibody response since the third month p.i. (IP: 1/80 and IV: 1/320 IgG) toward to the 12th month (IP: 1/160 and IV: 1/5120). The DTH-conversion occurred in only one IV inoculated monkey with a strong (30 mm) skin reaction. Considering these results, we do not encourage the use of C. apella monkey as animal model for studying the AVL.
Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo 02/2011; 53(1):45-50. DOI:10.1590/S0036-46652011000100008 · 1.01 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study reports the first record of lutzomyia termitophila Martins, Falcão and Silva (1964) and Lutzomyia hermanlenti Martins, Silva and Falcão (1970) (Diptera: Psychodidae) in Pará state, Brazil. Specimens were captured in Serra dos Carajás, Municipality of Parauapebas, Southeast Mesoregion of Pará, using CDC light traps installed in different areas with different types of vegetation. The specimens were examined in the Serra Sul and the Igarapé Gelado Environmental Protection Area. The discovery of these phlebotomine sand flies in the study area extends their geographic distribution and brings the total number of sand fly species recorded in Pará State to 128.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Canine visceral leishmaniasis (CVL) is recognizable by characteristic signs of disease and is highly lethal. The infection, however, may be quite inapparent in some seropositive dogs, and this has raised the polemic question as to whether or not such animals can be a source of infection for Lutzomyia longipalpis, the vector of American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL). In this study we have examined 51 dogs with acute CVL from an AVL area in Pará State, northern Brazil, and compared the parasite density, amastigotes of Leishmania (L.) infantum chagasi, in the skin, lymph node and viscera of symptomatic with that of nine asymptomatic but seropositive dogs (IFAT-IgG). Post-mortem biopsy fragments of these tissues were processed by immunohistochemistry, using a polyclonal antibody against Leishmania sp. The X² and Mann Whitney tests were used to evaluate the means of infected macrophage density (p < 0.05). There was no difference (p > 0.05) in the skin (10.7/mm² x 15.5/mm²) and lymph node (6.3/mm² x 8.3/mm²), between asymptomatic and symptomatic dogs, respectively. It was higher (p < 0.05), however, in the viscera of symptomatic (5.3/mm²) than it was in asymptomatic (1.4/mm²) dogs. These results strongly suggest that asymptomatic or symptomatic L. (L.) i. chagasi-infected dogs can serve as a source of infection, principally considering the highest (p < 0.05) parasite density from skin (10.7/mm² x 15.5/mm²), the place where the vetor L. longipalpis takes its blood meal, compared with those from lymph node (6.3/mm² x 8.3/mm²) and viscera (1.4/mm²x 5.3/mm²).
Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo 10/2010; 52(5):259-66. DOI:10.1590/S0036-46652010000500007 · 1.01 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This was a prospective study carried out during a period over 2years (May/2006–September/2008) with a cohort of 1,099 individuals
of both genders, aged 1year old and older, from an endemic area of American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL) in Pará state, Brazil.
The object was to analyze the prevalence and incidence of human Leishmania (L.) infantum chagasi infection as well as the dynamics evolution of its clinical-immunological profiles prior identified: (1) asymptomatic infection
(AI); (2) symptomatic infection (SI = AVL); (3) sub-clinical oligosymptomatic infection (SOI); (4) sub-clinical resistant
infection (SRI) and; (5) indeterminate initial infection (III). The infection diagnosis was performed by using both the indirect
fluorescent antibody test and leishmanin skin test with amastigotes and promastigotes antigens of L. (L.) i. chagasi, respectively. A total of 187 cases of infection were recorded in the prevalence (17%), 117 in the final incidence (6.9%),
and 304 in the accumulated prevalence (26.7%), which provided the following distribution into the clinical-immunological profiles:
AI, 51.6%; III, 22.4%; SRI, 20.1%; SOI, 4.3%; and SI (=AVL), 1.6%. The major finding regarding the dynamics evolution of infection
was concerned to III profile, from which the cases of infection evolved to either the resistant profiles, SRI (21 cases, 30.8%)
and AI (30 cases, 44.1%), or the susceptible SI (=AVL; 1 case, 1.5%); the latter 16 cases remained as III till the end of
the study. These results provided the conclusion that this diagnostic approach may be useful for monitoring human L. (L.) i. chagasi infection in endemic area and preventing the high morbidity of severe AVL cases.
Parasitology Research 01/2010; 106(2):377-386. DOI:10.1007/s00436-009-1672-x · 2.10 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Since the first description of Leishmania (Viannia) shawi, few studies were performed with this parasite. In the present work, the in vivo and ex vivo behavior of L. (Viannia) shawi infection was studied using murine model. Peritoneal macrophages from BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice were infected with promastigotes
in the stationary phase of growth; after 24h, the infection index and nitric oxide (NO) levels in the supernatant of the
cultures were analyzed. BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice were infected into the hind footpad, and at each 2weeks, mice were sacrificed,
and the histological changes of the skin inoculation site, parasitism, and humoral immune responses were evaluated during
8weeks. Ex vivo experiments showed that macrophages of BALB/c presented higher infection index and lesser NO levels than
macrophages of C57BL/6. In vivo experiments showed that BALB/c presented higher lesion size than C57BL/6 mice; similarly,
the histopathological changes and the parasitism in skin were more exacerbate in BALB/c mice. In draining lymph nodes, the
main change was increase of germinative centers, and parasites were detected from 6weeks pi onwards in both mice strain.
IgG was detected in BALB/c mice from 4weeks, while in C57BL/6, from 6weeks pi onwards. Taken together, these results indicate
that BALB/c showed a classical behavior of susceptibility when compared to C57BL/6 mice.
Parasitology Research 11/2009; 105(6):1741-1747. DOI:10.1007/s00436-009-1614-7 · 2.10 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This was a longitudinal study carried out during a period over 2 years with a cohort of 946 individuals of both sexes, aged 1 year and older, from an endemic area of American visceral leishmaniasis (AVL) in Pará State, Brazil. The object was to analyze the transmission dynamics of human Leishmania (Leishmania) infantum chagasi infection based principally on the prevalence and incidence. For diagnosis of the infection, the indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT) and leishmanin skin test (LST) were performed with amastigote and promastigote antigens of the parasite, respectively. The prevalence by LST (11.2%) was higher (p < 0.0001) than that (3.4%) by IFAT, and the combined prevalence by both tests was 12.6%. The incidences by LST were also higher (p < 0.05) than those by IFAT at 6 (4.7% x 0.6%), 12 (4.7% x 2.7%), and 24 months (2.9% x 0.3%). Moreover, there were no differences (p > 0.05) between the combined incidences by both tests on the same point surveys, 5.2%, 6.3%, and 3.6%. During the study, 12 infected persons showed high IFAT IgG titers with no LST reactions: five children and two adults developed AVL (2,560-10,120), and two children and three adults developed subclinical oligosymptomatic infection (1280-2560). The combined tests diagnosed a total of 231 cases of infection leading to an accumulated prevalence of 24.4%.
Parasitology Research 10/2008; 104(3):559-67. DOI:10.1007/s00436-008-1230-y · 2.10 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: There is little available information regarding the infectivity of New World Leishmania species, particularly those from the Amazonian Brazil, where there are six species of the subgenus Viannia causing American cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL). The aim of this study was to compare, in vitro, the potential infectivity of the following Leishmania (Viannia) spp.: L. (V.) braziliensis from localized cutaneous leishmaniasis (LCL) and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis (MCL) patients, L. (V.) guyanensis, L. (V.) shawi, L. (V.) lainsoni and L. (V.) naiffi from LCL patients only, in cultured BALB/c mice peritoneal macrophage, as well as the production of NO by the infected cells. The infectivity of parasites was expressed by the infection index and, the nitric oxide (NO) production in the macrophage culture supernatant was measured by the Griess method. It was found that L. (V.) braziliensis from MCL, the more severe form of disease, showed the highest (p<or=0.05) infection index (397), as well as the lowest NO production (2.15 microM) compared with those of other species. In contrast, L. (V.) naiffi which is less pathogenic for the human showed the lowest infection index (301) and the highest NO production (4.11 microM). These results demonstrated a negative correlation between the infectivity and the ability of these parasites to escape from the microbicidal activity of the host cell.
Parasitology Research 06/2008; 103(4):771-6. DOI:10.1007/s00436-008-1039-8 · 2.10 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A quantitative study was conducted on the density of Langerhans cells (LCs) CD1a+ in specimens obtained from patients with American tegumentary leishmaniasis (ATL) lesions without previous treatment, as well as from control healthy individuals. LC density was significantly higher among infected patients when compared to controls and also higher in longer term ones. Regarding parasite quantities, these were proportionally inverse and diminished in chronic patients. Localized cutaneous leishmaniasis (LCL) showed an increase in cell population when compared to diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis (DCL). A tendency towards density increase was observed in LC Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis patients when compared to Leishmania (Viannia) sp. Regarding the delayed hypersensitivity test (DTH, Montenegro skin test), L. (L.) amazonensis demonstrated a peculiar behavior because it is a poor cell immune inducer, presenting--among LCL patients--higher density in negative Montenegro patients than in positive ones. Negative DTH responses are usually poor in LC, although this was not evidenced in this study, possibly due to cell reposition, in order to stimulate immune response. Such results confirm the important role of LC in ATL, while suggesting that L. (L.) amazonensis may be a good model for LC studies as APC in ATL, due to its spectral immunological and clinical behavior.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report the result of an examination for blood and intestinal protozoa in 12 specimens of the red squirrel Sciurus spadiceus (Rodentia: Sciuridae) from Birroque, municipality of Placido de Castro, state of Acre, Brazil. No parasites were detected in thin, Giemsa-stained blood films of the animals, but culture of the blood of three in Difco B45 medium blood-agar slants gave rise to isolates of epimastigotes. Inoculation of one isolate into laboratory mice resulted in the appearance of Trypanosoma cruzi-like trypomastigotes in their peripheral blood, and the other two isolates gave rise to transient infections with a T. lewisi-like parasite in inoculated mice and hamsters. The failure of the latter parasite to develop in the triatomine bug Rhodnius robustus suggests that it is probably not T. rangeli. This appears to be the first record of a T. lewisi-like trypanosome in neotropical squirrels. Oocysts of an Eimeria sp., were detected in the faeces of 10 animals (83.3%). The parasite develops in the epithelial cells of the intestine, where it may cause severe damage and sometimes results in death of the animal. No oocysts were detected in bile.
Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz 11/2004; 99(6):577-9. DOI:10.1590/S0074-02762004000600008 · 1.59 Impact Factor