Development and application of an improved semiquantitative technique for detecting low-level Cryptosporidium parvum infections in mouse tissue using polymerase chain reaction.

An improved semiquantitative technique was developed for measuring low infectious doses of Cryptosporidium parvum in neonatal mice using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Separate litters of neonatal mice were inoculated with 0, 10(2), 10(3), or 10(4) C. parvum oocysts and killed 96 hr postinfection. A segment of the ileum or the entire whole intestine was… CONTINUE READING