Molecular and in vitro growth comparisons of Encephalitozoon hellem isolates from human and bird hosts
In vitro growth comparisons of the isolates described above were performed under simulated "mammalian and avian conditions". The models utilized mammalian and avian cell lines and sera at incubation temperatures of 37 °C and 40 °C, respectively. Three separate experiments were performed. E. cuniculi grew best under the mammalian model and significantly better than both E. hellem isolates under this model. The E. hellem isolates were able to infect and replicate under both the mammalian and avian models, which reflects the zoonotic potential of these isolates.
Advisor:Holman, Patricia J.; Abbott, Louise C.; Snowden, Karen F.
School:Texas A&M University
School Location:USA - Texas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:microsporidia encephalitozoon zoonoses birds in vitro parasite
Date of Publication:09/30/2004