Redescription of Besnoitia tarandi (Protozoa: Apicomplexa) from the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus).

@article{Dubey2004RedescriptionOB,
  title={Redescription of Besnoitia tarandi (Protozoa: Apicomplexa) from the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus).},
  author={Jitender Prakash Dubey and Chirukandoth Sreekumar and Benjamin M Rosenthal and Murilo Carlos Bizam Vianna and Minna Nylund and Sven E Nikander and Antti Oksanen},
  journal={International journal for parasitology},
  year={2004},
  volume={34 11},
  pages={1273-87}
}
Besnoitia tarandi tissue cysts were found in naturally-infected reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) from Finland. Infectivity of its tissue cysts, bradyzoites, and tachyzoites to animals and cell culture was studied. The bradyzoites and tissue cysts were not infectious to out-bred mice, rabbits or gerbils. When fed tissue cysts, neither cats nor dogs excreted oocysts. However, the parasite was lethal to interferon-gamma gene knock out mice irrespective of the route of inoculation. The parasite was… CONTINUE READING

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