Journal article

The biology of Plasmodium falciparum transmission stages

KP Day, RE Hayward, M Dyer

PARASITOLOGY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 1998

Abstract

The most important function of any parasite is to secure transmission to new hosts. The gametocyte, the stage which has become developmentally committed to the sexual cycle, provides a critical link in the transmission of Plasmodium falciparum from the human host to the anopheline mosquito vector. It is therefore imperative that our determination to understand the biology of the gametocyte is greater than the technical obstacles which have resulted in the gametocyte being left very much out of the limelight by the intensive investigation of the asexual bloodstream parasite. Here we explore the areas of gametocyte biology which by nature of their relevance to control and pathology as well as ..

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