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Opportunistic Infections : Toxoplasma, Sarcocystis, and Microsporidia - David S. Lindsay

Opportunistic Infections

Toxoplasma, Sarcocystis, and Microsporidia

By: David S. Lindsay (Editor), Louis M. Weiss (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st March 2004
ISBN: 9781402078149
Number Of Pages: 245

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Protozoan parasites compromise an extremely diverse group of eukaryotic life forms. The Phyla Apicomplexa and Microsporidia are obligatory parasites. All Microsporidian parasites are intracellular in host cells and most Apicomplexan parasites live inside of host cells. These two Phyla of protists contain some of the most interesting and diverse groups of parasites infecting vertebrates and invertebrates. Opportunistic Infections: Toxoplasma, Sarcocystis, and Microsporidia will focus on two important Genera of Apicomplexan parasites, Toxoplasma gondii and Sarcocystis species, and the medically important members of the Phylum Microsporida. We have been fortunate in obtaining excellent contributions from many experts in the field. Volumes in the "World Class Parasites" book series are written for researchers, students and scholars who enjoy reading about excellent research on problems of global significance. Each volume focuses on a parasite, or group of parasites, that has a major impact on human health, or agricultural productivity, and against which we have no satisfactory defense. The volumes are intended to supplement more formal texts that cover taxonomy, life cycles, morphology

Biology of Toxoplasma gondii in cats and other animalsp. 1
Proteases as potential targets for blocking Toxoplasma gondii invasion and replicationp. 21
Targeting the Toxoplasma gondii apicoplast for chemotherapyp. 39
Factors determining resistance and susceptibility to infection with Toxoplasma gondiip. 51
Immune responses to Toxoplasma gondii in the central nervous systemp. 67
Developmental stage conversion : insights and possibilitiesp. 89
Sarcocystic of humansp. 111
Zoonotic microsporidia from animals and arthropods with a discussion of human infectionsp. 123
Insights into the immune responses to microsporidiap. 135
Chemotherapy of microsporidiosis : benzimidazoles, fumagillin and polyamine analoguesp. 159
Phylogenetics : taxonomy and the microsporidia as derived fungip. 189
The microsporidia genome : living with minimal genes as an intracellular eukaryotep. 215
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9781402078149
ISBN-10: 1402078145
Series: World Class Parasites
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 245
Published: 31st March 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 1.2