John Philip Ackers

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Entamoeba histolytica is an intestinal parasite and the causative agent of amoebiasis, which is a significant source of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Here we present the genome of E. histolytica, which reveals a variety of metabolic adaptations shared with two other amitochondrial protist pathogens: Giardia lamblia and Trichomonas(More)
Entamoeba histolytica can act as a harmless commensal organism in the lumen of the large intestine, or can cause invasive amoebiasis. Some workers have suggested that there are two distinct subspecies of this organism, and that only one of these is associated with invasive disease. Present isoenzyme tests to identify the subspecies take several days to(More)
To correlate a particular state of immunity with Entamoeba spp., we used colorimetric PCR to differentiate E. histolytica from E. dispar in individuals with amoebiasis and to associate its presence with the clinical profile, including humoral and cellular immune responses to E. histolytica. Our results showed high levels of antibody in acute amoebiasis and(More)
BACKGROUND Invasive amoebiasis, caused by infection with the human parasite Entamoeba histolytica remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in some less-developed countries. Genetically E. histolytica exhibits a number of unusual features including having approximately 20% of its genome comprised of repetitive elements. These include a number of(More)
  • A Wilson, J P Ackers
  • 1980
Urine samples were collected from 248 men, 21 of whom were known contacts of women infected with Trichomonas vaginalis. This organism was cultured from only three of the 21 specimens from patients in the contact group. The cultural technique was shown to be capable of reliably detecting small numbers of organisms under practical conditions; it appears,(More)
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