Selective Phagocytosis of Nucleated Erythrocytes by Cytotoxic Amebae in Cell Culture

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Science  25 Dec 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3391, pp. 1763-1764
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3391.1763


Strains of Acanthamoeba, which produce cellular damage resembling viral cytopathic effect, are known to occur in cultures of monkey kidney cells. Trophozoites of a similar strain were observed to engulf and denucleate chicken erythrocytes. Nonnucleated guinea pig erythrocytes were apparently left unchanged.