Izabela J. Swierzy

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The apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii is regularly transmitted to humans via the ingestion of contaminated meat products from chronically infected livestock. This route of transmission requires intracellular development and long-term survival of the parasite within muscle tissue. In this study, we determined the cell-autonomous immunity of mature(More)
Toxoplasma gondii is a widespread intracellular parasite of mammals and birds and an important opportunistic pathogen of humans. Following primary infection, fast-replicating tachyzoites disseminate within the host and either are subsequently eliminated by the immune system or transform to latent bradyzoites which preferentially persist in brain and muscle(More)
Toxoplasma gondii infects virtually any nucleated cell type of warm-blooded animals and humans including skeletal muscle cells (SkMCs). Infection of SkMCs by T. gondii, differentiation from the highly replicative tachyzoites to dormant bradyzoites and tissue cyst formation are crucial for parasite persistence in muscle tissue. These processes are also(More)
The apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii infects various cell types in avian and mammalian hosts including humans. Infection of immunocompetent hosts is mostly asymptomatic or benign, but leads to development of largely dormant bradyzoites that persist predominantly within neurons and muscle cells. Here we have analyzed the impact of the host cell type(More)
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