Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Toxoplasma gondii IWOP-10 2008: One Hundred Years and Counting

Eukaryot Cell. 2009 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Toxoplasma gondii IWOP-10 2008: One Hundred Years and Counting

Halonen SK, Weiss LM.

Department of Microbiology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT; and Departments of Pathology and Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.

It has been 100 years since Toxoplasma gondii was initially described in the rodent Ctenodactylus gundi. T. gondii is a ubiquitous, Apicomplexan parasite of warm-blooded animals that can cause several clinical syndromes including encephalitis, chorioretinitis and congenital infection. The association of T. gondii with food and waterborne transmission has resulted in its classification as a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Category B priority agent. Due to the extensive repertoire of applicable experimental techniques available for this pathogen it has become a model organism for the study of intracellular pathogens. This review will address information related to recent advances in our understanding of biology of T. gondii presented at the Tenth International Workshop on Opportunistic pathogens and the associated symposium entitled "Centenary Celebration of Toxoplasma Discovery" held at that meeting.

PMID: 19168756 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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