Infection and Immunity
We have observed previously that attachment of Toxoplasma gondii to synchronized host cells is considerably increased at the mid-S phase (4 h postrelease). Synchronized CHO host cells at the mid-S phase were fractionated by molecular weight, and the antigens were used to produce a panel of polyclonal mouse antisera. The polyclonal antisera raised against fraction 4 with molecular mass ranging approximately from 18 to 40 kDa significantly reduced attachment to mid-S-phase host cells. Immunofluorescence assays demonstrated strong reactivity to mid-S-phase host cells and identified a number of potential receptors on Western blots. These data indicate that there is a specific host membrane receptor for parasite attachment that is upregulated during the mid-S phase of the host cell cycle.
Dutta, Chaitali; Grimwood, Jane; and Kasper, Lloyd H., "Attachment of Toxoplasma gondii to a Specific Membrane Fraction of CHO Cells" (2000). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 979.