Molecular and Cellular Biology of Pathogenic Trypanosomatids

Book Series: Frontiers in Parasitology

Volume 1


Marcelo Santos da Silva, Maria Isabel N. Cano

DOI: 10.2174/97816810840531170101
eISBN: 978-1-68108-405-3, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-68108-406-0
ISSN: 2542-4211 (Print)
ISSN: 2542-422X (Online)

Indexed in: EBSCO.

Every year millions of people living in tropical areas across the globe, are affected by trypanosomatids – the parasites causing Chaga...[view complete introduction]
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The Cellular Organization of Trypanosomatids During Life Cycle

- Pp. 3-60 (58)

Simone Guedes Calderano, Nilmar Silvio Moretti, Christiane Araujo, Marcelo S. da Silva, Teresa Cristina Leandro de Jesus, Loyze P. Oliveira de Lima, Mariana de Camargo Lopes, Leonardo da Silva Augusto, Julia Pinheiro Chagas da Cunha, Maria Carolina Elias and Sergio Schenkman


Trypanosoma cruzi , Trypanosoma brucei and Leishmania spp. are etiological agents of the following neglected diseases: African sleeping sickness (T. brucei ), Chagas’ disease (T. cruzi ) and leishmaniasis (Leishmania spp.). These parasites are eukaryotic cells that diverged early in evolution and therefore harbor modified organelles, such as glycosomes, and present subcellular compartments with unusual characteristics. This chapter aims to overview the most striking features of the structures and functions of these organelles, which ensure the existence of these parasites, and to discuss the differences between species and between the distinct life cycle forms of each organism.

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