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Entamoeba histolytica: Production of nitric oxide and in situ activity of NADPH diaphorase in amebic liver abscess of hamsters

La Salle University, Filadelfia, Pennsylvania, United States
Parasitology Research (Impact Factor: 2.1). 02/2001; 87(1):49-56. DOI: 10.1007/s004360000287
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Entamoeba histolytica trophozoites were inoculated into the liver of hamsters and serum nitrate/nitrite levels [expressed as nitric oxide (NO) production] were determined at different times during amebic liver abscess (ALA) development. We also tested the effects of NO synthase (NOS) inhibitors such as N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), aminoguanidine, and dexamethasone during ALA production. Since NOS activity has been correlated with expression of reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate diaphorase (NADPHd) in tissues, we performed histochemistry studies to determine the activity of the latter in livers infected with E. histolytica trophozoites. Production of NO in serum was directly proportional to the size of ALAs, and NOS inhibitors caused low levels of NO and smaller ALAs. Our data suggest that NO does not have any lytic effect on E. histolytica trophozoites and is therefore incapable of providing protection against the amebic liver infection. In addition, NADPHd activity was detected histochemically in hepatocytes and inflammatory cells associated with focal necrosis containing trophozoites. The positive reactivity observed in these parasites may be attributable to a close biochemical similarity of NADPHd to the NADPH:flavin oxidoreductase described in E. histolytica by other investigators.

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