Thesis / Dissertation

The molecular dissection of host manipulation by Toxoplasma gondii bradyzoites

Simona Seizova, Christopher Tonkin (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite, which chronically infects one-third of the world’s population. Toxoplasma infection severely affects immune-compromised individuals, resulting in birth defects, blindness, or brain encephalitis. Individuals often become infected through the consumption of contaminated food and water sources. Toxoplasma has two life stages during the lytic life cycle, the fast disease-causing tachyzoites and the chronic bradyzoites. Following host cell invasion, Toxoplasma tachyzoites extensively manipulate their host cell by exporting a distinct repertoire of effector proteins across the newly-established parasitophorous vacuole. This process interfere..

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