Research Article

Cryptic stage of sleeping-sickness trypanosome developing in choroid plexus epithelial cells.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 285 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.285.6352.1380 (Published 13 November 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;285:1380
  1. M O Abolarin,
  2. D A Evans,
  3. D G Tovey,
  4. W E Ormerod

    Abstract

    Electronmicrographs of the choroid plexus from rats infected with Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense showed that trypomastigotes from the perivascular spaces may penetrate and undergo multiple division in the ependymal cells which locally constitute the blood-brain barrier. Progressive degeneration of the ependymal cell liberates trypomastigotes back into the perivascular space, from which re-entry into the blood may occur. Re-entry to the blood does not take place from any tissues other than the brain and its membranes. These findings suggest that the ependymal cells of the choroid plexus are the site of the cryptic stage of the sleeping-sickness trypanosome.