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Perspective of a new diagnostic for human trichomonosis.

Authors
  • Lecke, Sheila B
  • Tasca, Tiana
  • Souto, André A
  • De Carli, Geraldo A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Publisher
SciELO
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2003
Volume
98
Issue
2
Pages
273–276
Identifiers
PMID: 12764446
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Several diagnostic techniques have been employed for the detection of Trichomonas vaginalis. Microtubules constitute the cytoskeleton in eukaryotic cells and are sensitive to antimitotic drugs, such as Taxol (paclitaxel). We used FLUTAX a fluorescent taxoid - to analyze the microtubule distribution in living trophozoites of T. vaginalis in urine and in vaginal discharge. A high intensity of fluorescence was observed in living T. vaginalis, epithelial cells and leukocytes present in urine and vaginal discharge. Our preliminary results show the perspective of a new diagnostic technique for trichomonosis and will contribute to the understanding of the cytoskeleton of T. vaginalis.

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