Life cycle stages, specific organelles and invasion mechanisms of Eimeria species

Burrell, A and Tomley, F M and Vaughan, S and Marugan-Hernandez, V (2019) Life cycle stages, specific organelles and invasion mechanisms of Eimeria species. Parasitology.

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Abstract

Apicomplexans, including species of Eimeria, pose a real threat to the health and wellbeing of animals and humans. Eimeria parasites do not infect humans but cause an important economic impact on livestock, in particular on the poultry industry. Despite its high prevalence and financial costs, little is known about the cell biology of these ‘cosmopolitan’ parasites found all over the world. In this review, we discuss different aspects of the life cycle and stages of Eimeria species, focusing on cellular structures and organelles typical of the coccidian family as well as genus-specific features, complementing some ‘unknowns’ with what is described in the closely related coccidian Toxoplasma gondii.

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