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Strongyloides ratti: chemotactic responses of third-stage larvae to selected serum proteins and albumins

  • M. Koga (a1) and I. Tada (a1)

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Experiments were carried out in vitro to investigate whether the sera of several animals as well as albumins and peptides might act as attractants for larvae of Strongyloidesratti. Samples of sera from several mammal species were dialysed and the aliquots were further centrifuged using ultrafiltration cartridges to remove any remaining small molecules. Additional test substances included commercially obtained ovalbumin, rat and bovine serum albumins, polypeptides such as peptone, tryptone and tryptose, amino nitrogens, monosaccharides, and reduced glutathione (triaminopeptide). Larvae were strongly attracted to the dialysed mammalian sera, which mainly consisted of serum albumin and globulins. Ov- and serum albumins, and polypeptides also acted as attractants. On the other hand, reduced glutathione, 16 kinds of amino acids and four kinds of monosaccharides did not attract this nematode.

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Strongyloides ratti: chemotactic responses of third-stage larvae to selected serum proteins and albumins

  • M. Koga (a1) and I. Tada (a1)

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