Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Eosinophils generate hypochlorous acid when stimulated with opsonized particles. The hypochlorous acid can react with β-amino acids such as taurine to produce chloramines with a long lifetime. In the presence of bromide, eosinophils generate hypobromous acid which can react with taurine to generate taurine bromamine. As taurine is abundantly present in leukocytes, eosinophils have the potential to generate taurine chloramine or taurine bromamine. With regard to the role of eosinophils in killing schistosomula, we have now shown that both taurine chloramine and taurine bromamine in physiological concentrations are able to kill the schistosomula of .


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