Toxoplasma gondii: The Oocyst, Sporozoite, and Infection of Cultured Cells

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Science  06 Feb 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3919, pp. 892-893
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3919.892


The infective form of Toxoplasma gondii fouind in cat feces is an oocyst wihich, when sporutlated, resembles that of the genus Isospora in havinig two sporocysts. Sporozoites obtained by artificial excystation of the oocyst are infective for monkey kidney cell cultures. Ultrastructural characteristics of sporozoites resemble those seen previously in proliferative stages of Toxoplasma gondii.

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