Oops! (Re: Trypanosoma cruzi)

a rose andreas.rose at biologie.uni-regensburg.de
Wed Dec 9 21:59:17 EST 1998


Sorry, this of cource not Johannes Krsuu that wrote this article, but Andreas 
Rose (andreas.rose at biologie.uni-regensburg.de). Sorry. I changed the settings.

>Greetings,

>I work on a bloodsucking bug that transmits Chagas disease (or American 
>Trypanosomiasis). The agent Trypanosoma cruzi is transmitted with the feces, 
>which is given off during or shortly after the blood meal. Usually, the 
>infection is said to occur whem the feces and the Trypanosomes are brought 
>into contact with wounds or with mucous membranes, especially in the eyes or 
>the mouth of the victim. 

>I have no problem with the fact that they can enter the body through wounds 
>and lesions. However, how do they get into the body through mucous membranes?  
>Is there a certain mechanism that allows them to cross intact cells layers, or 
>do they rely on little wounds here as well?

>Thank you for any input,

>Andreas




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