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Complete development and long-term maintenance of Cryptosporidium parvum human and cattle genotypes in cell culture

Hijjawi, N., Meloni, B.P., Morgan, U.M. and Thompson, R.C.A. (2001) Complete development and long-term maintenance of Cryptosporidium parvum human and cattle genotypes in cell culture. International Journal for Parasitology, 31 (10). pp. 1048-1055.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0020-7519(01)00212-0
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Abstract

This study describes the complete development (from sporozoites to sporulated oocysts) of Cryptosporidium parvum (human and cattle genotypes) in the HCT-8 cell line. Furthermore, for the first time the complete life cycle was perpetuated in vitro for up to 25 days by subculturing. The long-term maintenance of the developmental cycle of the parasite in vitro appeared to be due to the initiation of the auto-reinfection cycle of C. parvum. This auto-reinfection is characterised by the production and excystation of new invasive sporozoites from thin-walled oocysts, with subsequent maintenance of the complete life cycle in vitro. In addition, thin-walled oocysts of the cattle genotype were infective for ARC/Swiss mice but similar oocysts of the human genotype were not. This culture system will provide a model for propagation of the complete life cycle of C. parvum in vitro.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 2001 Australian Society for Parasitology Inc.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/9624
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