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Methods Mol Biol. 2013;923:411-27.

Analysis of liver stage development in and merozoite release from hepatocytes.

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Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.

Abstract

Exoerythrocytic Plasmodium parasites infect hepatocytes and develop to huge multinucleated schizonts inside a parasitophorous vacuole. Finally, thousands of merozoites are formed and released into the host cell cytoplasm by complete disintegration of the parasitophorous vacuole membrane. This, in turn, results in death and detachment of the infected hepatocyte, followed by the formation of merosomes. The fast growth of the parasite and host cell detachment are hallmarks of liver stage development and can easily be monitored. Here, we describe how to translate these observations into assays for characterizing parasite development. Additionally, other recently introduced techniques and tools to analyze and manipulate liver stage parasites are also discussed.

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22990795
DOI:
10.1007/978-1-62703-026-7_29
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