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Kinetics of the cercaria-schistosomul um transformation in vivo: 2. The effect of oxamniquine

To study the cercaria-schistosomulum transformation in vivo, underthe influence of an antischistosomal compound (oxamniquine), a model using cercarial infections into the abdominal cavity of mice was chosen. This procedure provided easy and reproducible recoveries of larvae from peritoneal washings with appropriate solutions for a long time (30 to 180 min) after inoculation. The results show that high doses of oxamniquine (given intramuscularly one hour before the infection) produce a marked delay in the kinetics of the cercaria-schistosomulum transformation. Cercariae, tail-less cercarial bodies and schistosomula were recovered from the peritoneal cavity ofdrug treated mice in numbers significantly different from those recovered from untreated mice.

Schistosoma mansoni; Cercariae; Schistosomule; In vivo transformation; Oxamniquine

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