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Parasitol Res. 1995;81(5):446-50.

Elucidation of the life cycle of the intestinal protozoan Blastocystis hominis.

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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge.

Abstract

This paper elucidates the status of the different morphological forms of Blastocystis and reports the existence of thin- and thick-walled cysts in B. hominis on the basis of current experimental evidence. It is suggested that the thin-walled cysts are autoinfectious, leading to multiplication of the organism in the intestinal tract. The thick-walled cysts are responsible for external transmission via the faecal-oral route. A life cycle for B. hominis is postulated on the basis of these findings.

PMID:
7501648
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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