Eimeria tenella: Cultivation of the Asexual Stages in Cultured Animal Cells

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Science  05 Nov 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3697, pp. 767-769
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3697.767


Eimeria tenella, an intracellular protozoan parasite of the cecal epithelium of chickens, developed asexually in monolayer cultures of mammalian fibroblasts, mammalian epithelial cells, and avian fibroblasts mintained under various mediums at 41°C. Sexual stages of the parasite were not seen. Established cell lines and secondary cell cultures were equally suitable for cultivation of the parasite.