Variation in the cellular localization of host-protective oncospheral antigens in Taenia saginata and Taenia solium

A. Jabbar, M. Verástegui, J. A. Lackenby, A. K. Walduck, C. G. Gauci, R. H. Gilman, M. W. Lightowlers

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Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence with confocal microscopy were used to localize the host-protective antigens of Taenia saginata (TSA9 and TSA18) and Taenia solium (TSOL16, TSOL18 and TSOL45). In nonactivated oncospheres, TSA9 and TSOL45 antigens were found primarily in the cytoplasm of the penetration gland type one (PG1) cell. A similar pattern of staining was seen for TSOL45 in oncospheres of T. solium that remained within the oncospheral membrane. In addition, there was less intense staining of TSA9 and TSOL45 in the quadri-nucleate penetration gland type 2 (PG2) cell. TSA18, TSOL16 and TSOL18 were predominantly found in the PG2 cell. In activated oncospheres that had escaped the oncospheral membrane, the antigens (other than TSA9) were seen both in the penetration gland cell locations and throughout the oncospheral parenchyma. Co-localization analyses revealed that only TSOL16 and TSOL18 antigens were co-localized in the PG2 cell of oncospheres that had not escaped the oncospheral membrane. However, in activated oncospheres that escaped the oncospheral membrane, all three antigens of T. solium were co-localized as they were present throughout the parenchyma. No positive staining was observed on the surface of nonactivated or recently activated oncospheres of T. saginata or T. solium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-695
Number of pages12
JournalParasite Immunology
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • antigen
  • location
  • neurocysticercosis
  • oncospheres
  • porcine and bovine cysticercosis
  • vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Immunology


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