1921
Volume 52, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645
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Abstract

Abstract

The microsporidia is reported in 10–30% of those infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. The parasite appears to be a cause of gastralgia, malabsorption, and diarrhea. A Western blot technique using another microsporidian species, , has demonstrated an antigenic similarity between this parasite and . Preliminary results show the variability of the antigenic profiles obtained from the sera of immunodeficient patients infected with and also of the cross-reactivity to sp. antigens of some sera from patients with cryptosporidiosis. The origin of this cross-reactivity is undetermined. The possibility of coinfection with undetected microsporidia is not excluded. These results raise questions concerning the interpretation of serologic data and of the potential immunodiagnostic value of microsporidian antigens.

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