Effects of tea on survival rates and liver pathology of Trypanosoma brucei brucei infected mice

Mbuthia, S.K., Wachira, N.W., Ngure, R.M., Ouma, J., Kagira, J.M.
2011 The Journal of protozoology research  
The current study investigated the effects of different types of Kenyan tea extracts on the pathogenesis of Trypanosoma brucei brucei in a Swiss White mice model. Following infection with trypanosomes, the mice were monitored for survival and liver pathology. Tea significantly (P<0.05) enhanced the survival rate of tea treated mice. Additionally, in tea treated but infected mice, there was reduction in infiltration of inflammatory cells into the periportal and parenchymal regions as well as
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doi:10.32268/jprotozoolres.21.1_1 fatcat:tmefpylhwrfgngkicq4gqduixm