Interaction between neutrophils and Schistosoma mansoni larvae in vivo: a transmission electron-microscopic study

Interação entre neutrófilos e larvas de Schistosoma mansoni in vivo: estudo ao microscópio eletrônico de transmissão

Schistosoma mansoni cercariae were inoculated into the peritoneal cavity of naive mice and recovered 30 minutes later. Ultrastructural studies showed that neutrophils adhere to the larval surface and participate in the removal of glycocalyx by phagocytosis. This finding suggests that the neutrophils can play a role on the cercaria-schistosomulum transformation process.

Neutrophils; Schistosoma mansoni; Cercaria transformation

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