Elastase in the pathogenic free-living amoebae Naegleria and Acanthamoeba spp.

A. Ferrante, E. J. Bates

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The data showed that pathogenic free-living amoebae contain the proteolytic enzyme elastase. The levels of enzyme were similar in Naegleria fowleri, N. australianis italica, and Acanthamoeba culberstoni A-1. No difference was found between elastase levels in a highly pathogenic N. fowleri and those in the same organism which had lost pathogenicity as a result of long-term axenic maintenance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3320-3321
Number of pages2
JournalInfection and Immunity
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology

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