Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract Analysis of the initial interaction betweenEntamoeba histolytica trophozoites and the large intestine is impossible in humans and very difficult in experimental animals. To circumvent this obstacle we treated the luminal side of full-thickness rabbit colon segments mounted in Ussing-type chambers with trophozoite lysates of theE. histolytica HM1 virulent strain. Exposure to lysates for up to 90 min produced dose- and time-dependent effects on the colon, consisting of (a) increased decay rates for potential difference, short-circuit current, and transmural resistance and (b) mucosal damage ranging from vacuolation at the bases and shortening of epithelial cells to the loss of intercellular junctions, destruction of microvilli, and necrosis of interglandular epithelial zones. This acute model of intestinal amebiasis is sensitive, fast, and reliable.
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