Surface Antigens On Cercariae, Schistosomula And Adult Worms Of Schistosoma Mansoni
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Shah J. and Ramasamy R. 1982. Surface antigens on cercariae, schistosomula and adult worms of Schistosoma mansoni. International Journal for Parasitology12: 451–461. The surface protein antigens of Schistosoma mansoni were radiolabelled by lactoperoxidase catalysed I125-iodination and analysed by immune-precipitation and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The results showed that regularly labelled surface antigens of mol. wts >150,000, 78,000, 45,000 and 22,000 were present on adult worms. Common surface antigens were observed on the cercariae, schistosomula and adult worms. It is suggested that surface antigens released from living adult worms can sensitise a host to react against the invading schistosomula of a secondary infection. However, the failure to vaccinate mice using material containing adult worm surface antigens suggests that the induction of protective immunity is a complex phenomenon.
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