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However, there is no doubt that oxygen is consumed, with high affinity, when available. One possibility is that this is a detoxification mechanism, which could be necessary as the parasite clearly must encounter high oxygen concentrations in the blood.

First, the situation in the mammal, the host of all the parasites under consideration except Eimeria and some Plasmodium species, will be reviewed. 1 Energy stores Mammals can store energy in two main forms-as polysaccharide and as lipid. 1). Linear chains of glucose units are built up by a(l .... 4) glycosidic linkages, but branches occur every 8-10 residues due to additional a(l .... 2). Glycogen differs in structure from the typical plant storage polysaccharide, starch, in being more highly branched and thus existing as a more compact molecule.

6). There is also evidence that polyphosphates were important constituents of the 'primordial soup'. Polyphosphates thus are of great interest and may be important in the metabolism of trypanosomatids; unfortunately, at present, they have been little studied. 2 Substrate utnisation Undoubtedly, glucose is by far the most important exogenous substrate used BIOCHEMISTRY OF PARASITIC PROTOZOA 40 by blood-stream forms of trypanosomes in vivo, although other hexoses and glycerol can also be utilised by some species.

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