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Mycoplasma hominis and Trichomonas vaginalis symbiosis: multiplicity of infection and transmissibility of M. hominis to human cells

Rappelli, Paola and Carta, Franco and Delogu, Giuseppe and Addis, Maria Filippa and Dessì, Daniele and Cappuccinelli, Pietro Antonio and Fiori, Pier Luigi (2001) Mycoplasma hominisand Trichomonas vaginalis symbiosis: multiplicity of infection and transmissibility of M. hominis to human cells. Archives of Microbiology, Vol. 175 (1), p. 70-74. eISSN 1432-072X. Article.

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DOI: 10.1007/s002030000240

Abstract

We recently reported that most Trichomonas Vaginalis isolates cultured in vitro are infected by Mycoplasma Hominis. In this work, we have characterized some aspects of the relationships between the two microorganisms. PCR, cultivation, and immunological methods revealed that the number of M. hominis organisms carried by T. vaginalis in culture varied from isolate to isolate, suggesting a specific multiplicity of infection. Moreover, infected T. vaginalis isolates were able to pass bacteria not only to M. hominis-free protozoa, but also to human-derived epithelial cells. The in vitro transmission of the bacterium from T. vaginalis to both uninfected parasite isolates and human epithelial cells suggests a role for T. vaginalis as a carrier of the M. hominis infection in vivo.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:4086
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Trichomonas vaginalis, Mycoplasma hominis, symbiosis, sexually transmitted diseases
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/07 Microbiologia e microbiologia clinica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze biomediche
Publisher:Springer
eISSN:1432-072X
Copyright Holders:© Springer-Verlag 2000
Deposited On:02 Jul 2010 12:19

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