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Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2001 Feb;112(2):277-85.

The cell cycle of Entamoeba invadens during vegetative growth and differentiation.

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Department of Biochemistry, Bose Institute, P1/12 CIT Scheme VIIM, Calcutta 700 054, India.


The cell division cycle of Entamoeba invadens was studied during vegetative growth of trophozoites and during their differentiation into cysts. During vegetative growth of trophozoites, it was observed that DNA synthesis typically continued after one genome content had been duplicated. During encystation, DNA synthesis was arrested after 4n genome content had been synthesised. Using multi-parameter flow cytometry, the light scattering properties of cysts and trophozoites were studied. The cytoplasmic granularity, reflected by the side scatter of light, was proportional to DNA content of trophozoites, whereas cysts with similar DNA contents showed heterogeneity in their cytoplasmic granularity. Dynamic changes in the intracellular calcium pools were observed during differentiation of trophozoites to cysts. Comparison of E. invadens and Entamoeba histolytica cell cycles suggest that both organisms may have similar regulatory processes during cell division and differentiation. Since E. histolytica cannot be induced to encyst in axenic culture, analysis of the E. invadens cell cycle during encystation may be useful for identifying homologous processes in E.histolytica.

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