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Int J Parasitol. 2009 Jan;39(1):41-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2008.09.004. Epub 2008 Oct 4.

Recent insights into Entamoeba development: identification of transcriptional networks associated with stage conversion.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine, S-143 Grant Building, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford, CA 94305-5107, USA. usingh@stanford.edu


Entamoeba histolytica is an important human pathogen and a leading parasitic cause of death globally. The parasite life cycle alternates between the trophozoite form, which is motile and causes invasive disease and the cyst stage, which is environmentally resistant and transmits infection. Understanding the triggers that initiate stage conversion is an important yet understudied area of investigation. Recent progress in dissecting the transcriptional networks that regulate E. histolytica development is outlined in this paper.

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