Autofluorescence of Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum was studied by fluorescence microscopy during their differentiation from tachyzoites to bradyzoites in vitro using Vero as host cells. Stage conversion into bradyzoites and cysts was confirmed by immunofluorescent microscopy and Western blot analysis using SAG1- and BAG1-specific antibody, respectively. From day 4 postinfection (PI), pale blue autofluorescence of the bradyzoites and tissue cysts was observed with UV light at 330– 385 nm, which coincided with the onset of cyst development. This autofluorescence under UV light of bradyzoites and tissue cysts increased in intensity from days 8 to 10 PI. In contrast to the autofluorescence shown by bradyzoites and cysts, tachyzoites and parasitophorous vacuoles containing tachyzoites never autofluoresced at any time examined. Autofluorescence of the cystic stages was of sufficient intensity and duration to allow the detection of cysts and bradyzoites of T. gondii and N. caninum. In this study, we describe for the first time the autofluorescence properties of in vitro–induced bradyzoites and cysts of T. gondii and N. caninum.
You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Neither BioOne nor the owners and publishers of the content make, and they explicitly disclaim, any express or implied representations or warranties of any kind, including, without limitation, representations and warranties as to the functionality of the translation feature or the accuracy or completeness of the translations.
Translations are not retained in our system. Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the BioOne website.