Studies on common antigenicities between the Belo Horizonte strain, Brazil of Schistosoma mansoni eggs and Biomphalaria snails by immunoelectrophoresis

Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 1992 Mar;23(1):98-102.


Immunoelectrophoretic studies of common antigenicities were carried out by using rabbit sera immunized against the Belo Horizonte strain of Schistosoma mansoni eggs and crude antigens of Biomphalaria snails and vice versa. With regard to common antigenicities between S. mansoni eggs and Biomphalaria snails, S. mansoni eggs produced 4 to 5 bands with Biomphalaria glabrata pigmentado, 3 to 4 bands with B. glabrata albino and only 1 band with B. straminea. In our laboratory, the infection rate of S. mansoni miracidia to B. glabrata pigmentado was 64.3% and 55.0% for B. glabrata albino, but B. straminea was not found to be susceptible to S. mansoni miracidia. It was observe that more bands were seen between S. mansoni egg and suitable hosts. Biomphalaria snail crude antigens were fractionated by Sephadex G-100 column, and each fraction antigen was tested with anti-S. mansoni egg sera by immunoelectrophoresis. As results, three fractions were collected form each snail strains. The common antigenicities between fractionated antigens from Biomphalaria snails crude antigens and anti-S. mansoni egg sera mostly existed in the first fraction and they were estimated to have molecular weights over 45,000.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomphalaria / immunology*
  • Biomphalaria / parasitology
  • Brazil
  • Epitopes / immunology*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Immunoelectrophoresis
  • Molecular Weight
  • Schistosoma mansoni / classification
  • Schistosoma mansoni / immunology*
  • Schistosoma mansoni / pathogenicity
  • Species Specificity


  • Epitopes