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Expression of cysteine proteinases by metacyclic promastigotes of Leishmania mexicana

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>05/1994
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
Issue number3
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)199-203
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The expression of cysteine proteinases by metacyclic promastigotes of Leishmania mexicana was investigated using gelatin polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Two prominent bands were detected which distinguished metacyclics from multiplicative promastigotes, lacking detectable cysteine proteinase activity, and amastigotes, with a distinct banding pattern composed of multiple enzymes. A correlation between relative activity of the metacyclic-specific bands and the prevalence of metacyclics was found both during the growth cycle in vitro as metacyclogenesis occurred, and by comparison of stationary phase populations from consecutive subpassages in vitro. Irreversible inhibition of the metacyclic activities using N-benzyloxycarbonyl-phenylalanyl-alanyl diazomethane did not inhibit metacyclic to amastigote transformation in vitro. These activities provide a useful biochemical marker for the metacyclic promastigotes of L. mexicana.