Blastocystis isolates from symptomatic humans behave differently from those from asymptomatic individuals

Researchers from the University of Malaysia report that Blastocystis cultures from symptomatic individuals report different behavior with respect to capase-like proteases.  Fluorescence intensity for active capase-like proteases was significantly greater in isolates from symptomatic individuals in the 72-hour in vitro culture (p < 0.001).  Treatment with metronidazole inhibited the capase activation.  The full free text is available from Parasites and Vectors.


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