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Print version ISSN 0074-0276On-line version ISSN 1678-8060

Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz vol.83 no.3 Rio de Janeiro July./Sept. 1988 

Infection of a mammal by monogenetic insect trypanosomatids (Kinetoplastida, trypanosomatidae)

Ana M. Jansen1 

João C. Carreira1 

Maria P. Deane1 

Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Departamento de Protozoologia, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


Monogenetic insect trypanosomatids of the genera Crithidia, Leptomonas and Herpetomonas, multiplied as in axenic cultures, for many months, in the lumen of the scent glands of the opossum Didelphis marsupialis. Specific antibodies were detected in the serum of the animals but there was no evidence of invasion of their tissues by the parasites.

Key words: monogenetic trypanosomatids; Crithidia; Leptomonas; Herpetomonas; opossum; Didelphis marsupialis; scent glands


Tripanosomatídeos monogenéticos de insetos, dos gêneros Crithidia, Leptomonas e Herpetomonas foram inoculados no lumen das glândulas de cheiro do gambá ae aí se multiplicaram como em culturas axênicas durante muitos meses. No soro dos animais foram detectados anticorpos específicos mas não houve evidência de invasão dos tecidos pelos parasitas.

Palavras-Chave: tripanosomatídeos monogenéticos; Crithidia; Leptomonas; Herpetomonas; gambá; Didelphis marsupialis; glândulas de cheiro


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