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(invertebrate zoology)
A genus of flagellated protozoan parasites that are the etiologic agents of several diseases of humans, such as leishmaniasis.



a genus of protozoans of the class Mastigophora.

Several species of Leishmania are known, although most are parasites of reptiles. Three species (L. donovani, L. tropica, and L. brasiliensis) are intracellular parasites of man and some animals, such as dogs. The organisms are transmitted by bloodsucking insects (sandflies of the genus Phlebotomus). L. donovani and L. tropica are found in the tropics and subtropics of Eurasia; L. brasiliensis is found in Central and South America. L. donovani is the causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar, a serious disease of man that is widespread in India, China, and Sumatra; in the USSR, it appears from time to time in Middle Asia.

Leishmanias localize in the cells of the reticuloendothelial system, including those of the lymph nodes. The body is pear-shaped, 2–4 µm long, and has one nucleus and a kinetoplast. In the body of the animal host, the organism develops into a flagellate leptornonad form.

L. tropica, the causative agent of cutaneous leishmaniasis (Penjdeh sore), is morphologically similar to L. donovani. In the USSR, it is found in Middle Asia and Transcaucasia.


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The size and restriction fragment length polymorphism banding pattern of the ITS1 amplicon was distinct from all previously sampled human Leishmania species.
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En el caso de la leishmaniosis visceral canina, se han empleado con exito vacunas con fracciones del parasito, entre ellas la Leishmune[R], que consiste en una preparacion enriquecida de glicoproteina de promastigotos de Leishmania donovani, llamada ligando de fucosa-manosa (FML, por su sigla en ingles) que es formulada con saponina de Quillaja saponania, como adyuvante.
In 1-10% of patients, leishmania disseminates from the skin to the nasooropharyngeal mucosa, resulting in mucosal leishmaniasis (ML) and destruction of nasal and pharyngeal structures.
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