Toxoplasma Gondii: The Model Apicomplexan. Perspectives and Methods

Toxoplasma Gondii: The Model Apicomplexan. Perspectives and Methods

by Louis M. Weiss
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0123695422

ISBN-13: 9780123695420

Pub. Date: 04/24/2007

Publisher: Elsevier Science

Toxoplasmosis is caused by a one-celled protozoan parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii. In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 30% of cats, the primary carriers, have been infected by T. gondii. Most humans contract toxoplasmosis by eating cyst-contaminated raw or undercooked meat, vegetables, or milk products or when they come into

Overview

Toxoplasmosis is caused by a one-celled protozoan parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii. In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 30% of cats, the primary carriers, have been infected by T. gondii. Most humans contract toxoplasmosis by eating cyst-contaminated raw or undercooked meat, vegetables, or milk products or when they come into contact with the T. gondii eggs from cat feaces while cleaning a cat's litterbox, gardening, or playing in a sandbox. Approx 1 in 4 (more than 60 million) people in the USA are infected with the parasite, and in the UK between 0.5 and 1% of individuals become infected each year. By the age of 50, 40% of people test positive for the parasite. The predilection of this parasite is for the central nervous system (CNS) causing behavioral and personality alterations as well as fatal necrotizing encephalitis, and is especially dangerous for HIV infected patients.

Though there have been tremendous strides in our understanding of the biology of Toxoplasma gondii in the last decade, there has been no systemic review of all of the information that has accumulated. Toxoplasma gondii provides the first comprehensive summary of literature on this organism by leading experts in the field who were responsible for organising the 7th International Congress on Toxoplasmosis in May 2003. It offeres systematic reviews of the biology of this pathogen as well as descriptions of the methods and resources used. Within the next year the T. gondii genome will be completed making this an indispensable research resource for biologists, physicians, parasitologists, and for all those contemplating experiments using T. gondii.

* Serves as a model for understanding invasion of host cells by parasites, immune response, motility, differentiation, phylogenetics, evolution and organelle acquisition
• Discusses the protocols related to genetic manipulation, cell biology and animal models while also providing reference material on available resources for working with this organism

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780123695420
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
800
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

History
Life Cycle and Ultrastructure
Population Structure and Epidemiology
Clinical Disease and Diagnostics
Ocular Disease
Animal Models and Therapeutics
Biochemistry and Metabolism
Apicoplast
Acidocalcisome
Invasion and Secretion
Alterations in Host Cell Biology due to T. gondii
Bradyzoite Development-
Classical Genetics
Genetic manipulation
Gene Regulation
Genomic analysis and comparison of apicomplexa
Arrays
Proteomics
Mucosal Immunology and the innate response
Immunologic mechanisms
Adaptive Immune Response
Toxoplamosis as a Pathogen in Wildlife and Domestic Animals
Toxoplasma as a model system to study other Apicomplexa
Appendix 1: Monoclonal antibodies for T. gondii
Appendix 2: Vectors for T. gondii
Appendix 3. Animal models

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