Trypanosoma (Herpetosoma) leeuwenhoeki in Choloepus hoffmanni and Didelphis marsupialis of the Pacific Coast of Colombia.

Bruno Travi, A. Zea, A. D'Alessandro

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Abstract

Trypanosoma (Herpetosoma) leeuwenhoeki, originally described in Panamanian sloths, was isolated from Didelphis marsupialis (Marsupialia) and Choloepus hoffmanni (Edentata) inhabiting the Pacific coast of Colombia. Trypanosomes were characterized by their large blood forms (total length 51-53 microns), poor infectivity for mice, and lack of development in Rhodnius prolixus. Isoenzyme studies, with either strains or clones, revealed homogeneous profiles clearly distinct from Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma rangeli reference strains. The present report extends the geographical distribution of T. leeuwenhoeki to South America and broadens its known host range to another order of mammals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-224
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Parasitology
Volume75
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Trypanosoma rangeli
Sloths
Xenarthra
Didelphis marsupialis
Didelphis
Rhodnius
Trypanosoma
Marsupialia
Colombia
Trypanosomiasis
South America
infectivity
Trypanosoma cruzi
Host Specificity
host range
geographical distribution
Isoenzymes
clone
Mammals
Edentata

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  • Parasitology

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Trypanosoma (Herpetosoma) leeuwenhoeki in Choloepus hoffmanni and Didelphis marsupialis of the Pacific Coast of Colombia. / Travi, Bruno; Zea, A.; D'Alessandro, A.

In: Journal of Parasitology, Vol. 75, No. 2, 04.1989, p. 218-224.

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