Infectivity reacquisition by Trypanosoma brucei brucei cultivated with tsetse salivary glands

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Science  23 Sep 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4310, pp. 1279-1282
DOI: 10.1126/science.897667


Reacquisition of infectivity four mice was observed in cultures of Trypanosoma brucei brucei grown in the presence of tests fly salivary gland explants in a medium based on the amino acid composition of Glossina hemolymph and containing fetal bovine serum. High infection rates were obtained in mice inoculated with about 1.5 X 10(8) organisms. Infectivity reacquisition was correlated with invasion of the salivary glands by the parasites. Few small trypanosomes with subterminal kinetoplasts (metacyclic-like forms) were found in the infective inoculums. The parasitemias in mice consisted of pleomorphic cultivable trypanosomes. Cultures initiated by these organisms and then placed with the head-salivary gland preparations became infective for mice.

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