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Genes 2018, 9(8), 417; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes9080417

Membrane Surface Features of Blastocystis Subtypes

Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Parasitology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119077, Singapore
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Received: 6 July 2018 / Revised: 13 August 2018 / Accepted: 14 August 2018 / Published: 17 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Membrane Proteins in Parasitic Protozoa)
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Abstract

Blastocystis is a common intestinal protistan parasite with global distribution. Blastocystis is a species complex composed of several isolates with biological and morphological differences. The surface coats of Blastocystis from three different isolates representing three subtypes were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy. This structure contains carbohydrate components that are also present in surface glycoconjugates in other parasitic protozoa. Electron micrographs show variations in the surface coats from the three Blastocystis isolates. These differences could be associated with the differences in the pathogenic potential of Blastocystis subtypes. Apart from the surface coat, a plasma membrane-associated surface antigen has been described for Blastocystis ST7 and is associated with programmed cell death features of the parasite. View Full-Text
Keywords: Blastocystis; surface coat; subtypes Blastocystis; surface coat; subtypes
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