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Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1987;81(6):907-9.

The complete development in vitro of the vertebrate phase of the mammalian malarial parasite Plasmodium berghei.

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Department of Pure and Applied Biology, Imperial College, London.

Abstract

All three 'vertebrate' stages of the rodent malarial parasite Plasmodium berghei berghei were grown in vitro in the absence of the vertebrate host. The parasite was introduced into culture from infected mosquitoes and 2 in vitro culture methods were used sequentially to complete the 'vertebrate' phases of development in hepatoma and erythrocyte host cells. The resultant blood infection produced mature schizonts and male and female gametocytes. The protocol, which is now being extended to the human pathogen P. falciparum, may assist future studies on this important group of parasites.

PMID:
3332508
DOI:
10.1016/0035-9203(87)90346-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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