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Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2012 Jul;184(1):9-12. doi: 10.1016/j.molbiopara.2012.02.012. Epub 2012 Mar 7.

Stable transfection and continuous expression of heterologous genes in Entamoeba invadens.

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  • 1School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067, India.


Amoebiasis is spread by the ingestion of dormant Entamoeba histolytica cysts. Intervention of encystation could break the transmission cycle, thereby reducing disease burden. The model system used to study trophozoite to cyst differentiation is Entamoeba invadens. Here we describe an electroporation-based method for stable transfection of E. invadens with a plasmid pEiNEO-LUC containing the neomycin phosphotransferase gene under the control of E. invadens ribosomal protein gene S10 promoter. The plasmid also contains luciferase reporter gene expressed from the promoter of ribosomal protein gene L3. After electroporation, cells receiving the plasmid were selected by growth in 10μgml(-1) G418 and stable lines were obtained in four to five weeks. The plasmid was replicated episomally to ∼10 copies per haploid genome. In the absence of drug selection 50% of the plasmid copies were lost in 9-10 days. In cells growing under drug selection the reporter gene was continuously expressed throughout the differentiation process from trophozoite to cyst and back, making this system suitable for analysis of genes involved in differentiation.

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