Trichomonas vaginalis Adhesin Proteins Display Molecular Mimicry to Metabolic Enzymes

  • J. A. Engbring
  • J. L. O’Brien
  • J. F. Alderete
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 408)


Trichomonas vaginalis is a flagellated protozoan responsible for trichomonosis, one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases. Women are mainly affected and have a broad range of symptomatology; minor irritation to severe inflammation of the vaginal epithelium, accompanied with discharge, itching and abdominal pain have been reported (Krieger et al., 1990). Because of these varied symptoms and the lack of a good clinical test, diagnosis is less than adequate with approximately 50% of women misdiagnosed.


Malic Enzyme AP65 Gene Host Cell Surface Vaginal Epithelial Cell TRICHOMONAS VAGINALIS 
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  • J. A. Engbring
    • 1
  • J. L. O’Brien
    • 1
  • J. F. Alderete
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyThe University of Texas Health Science CenterSan AntonioUSA

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