Aerobic Metabolism in Nematode Parasites of the Alimentary Tract


THE conflicting evidence concerning the relative importance of aerobic mechanisms in the metabolism of nematode parasites of the alimentary tract may be summarized by reference to the work of Davey1, who found that oxygen prolonged the survival of certain intestinal parasites in vitro, and that of von Brand and Weise2, who found oxygen to be absent, or present only in small amounts, in the contents of the alimentary tracts of several host animals.

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    Davey, D. G., J. Exp. Biol., 15, 217 (1938).

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ROGERS, W. Aerobic Metabolism in Nematode Parasites of the Alimentary Tract. Nature 163, 879–880 (1949).

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