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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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SALDANA C, Charles; CORDOVA P, Ofelia  and  VARGAS V¹, Franklin. Utilización de Lepidium Peruvianum Maca, como medio de cultivo para el crecimiento de Trypanosoma Cruzi. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2006, vol.23, n.2, pp.137-140. ISSN 1726-4634.

Because of its high nutritional value, the possible usefulness of Lepidum peruvianum (maca) was assayed, as a possible culture medium for Trypanosoma cruzi. Under experimental conditions, T. cruzi epimastigota were incubated in four biphasic different culture media including Lepidum peruvianum (maca), and they were compared against BHI culture medium as a control. The inclusion of maca in the culture media allowed Trypanosoma cruzi growth; it was determined that the medium containing blood-enriched maca amongst its solid components and a maca infusion in the liquid phase had better growth (3,41 X 105 parasites/mL) compared to the other culture media after five days (p<0,05).

Keywords : Trypanosoma cruzi; cultive way; Lepidium peruvianum.

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