Figure 5.

Cadherin profile in differentiated cultures after 24 h of T. gondii interaction. (A and inset) Mature (arrowhead) and young myotubes in fusion process with myoblasts (arrows) can be observed by phase contrast microscopy. (B and inset) By fluorescence microscopy, cadherin (in green) appears distributed throughout the myotubes, being more concentrated at the cell membrane during adhesion, while mature myotubes alone show more intense labeling at the extremities. (C) Interferential microscopy shows the adhesion of uninfected myoblasts (arrowhead) with a mature infected myotube (thick arrows). (D) Confocal microscopy analysis shows that infected myoblasts do not reveal cadherin labeling and more infected myotubes present weaker cadherin labeling (arrow). Observe that despite the weak labeling, in infected myotubes cadherin molecules appear to migrate to the point of contact with uninfected myoblasts (arrowhead). (E) Merge. Bars, 20 μm

Gomes et al. BMC Microbiology 2011 11:110   doi:10.1186/1471-2180-11-110
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