Trypanosoma cruzi: Infection of normal and activated mouse macrophages

Yvonne Kress, Herbert Tanowitz, Barry Bloom, Murray Wittner

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Normal and BCG-activated mouse peritoneal macrophages were infected with culture forms of Trypanosoma cruzi at 1:1, 10:1, or 100:1 multiplicities of infection (MOI). Secondary lysosomes labeled with thorium dioxide were seen fusing with parasite-containing phago-somes in both normal and activated macrophages. The latter, however, contained larger numbers of secondary lysosomes. Parasites were frequently found in the cytoplasm of normal macrophages infected with high ratios of infection; this permitted the parasite to escape the host cell defense system. While both activated and normal macrophages could control T. cruzi infections, the activated cells could control a significantly greater infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-396
Number of pages12
JournalExperimental Parasitology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1977


  • Cell-mediated immunity
  • Hemoflagellate
  • In vitro infection
  • Intracellular parasitism
  • Lysosomes
  • Macrophages
  • Mouse
  • Protozoa
  • Trypanosoma cruzi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases


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