A Model Organism

  • Hugo D. Luján
  • Staffan Svärd

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Taxonomy and Epidemiology of Giardia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. C. Andrew Thompson, Paul T. Monis
      Pages 3-15
    3. Simone M. Cacciò, Hein Sprong
      Pages 17-28
    4. Lucy J. Robertson, Yvonne Ai Lian Lim
      Pages 29-69
    5. Thomas Geurden, Merle Olson
      Pages 71-92
  3. Molecular Biology of Giardia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Hilary G. Morrison, Staffan Svärd
      Pages 95-101
    3. John Samuelson, Phillips W. Robbins
      Pages 103-110
    4. Mayte Yichoy, Ernesto S. Nakayasu, Atasi De Chatterjee, Stephen B. Aley, Igor C. Almeida, Siddhartha Das
      Pages 111-125
    5. Edward L. Jarroll, Harry van Keulen, Timothy A. Paget, Donald G. Lindmark
      Pages 127-137
  4. Cellular Biology of Giardia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Marlene Benchimol, Wanderley De Souza
      Pages 141-160
    3. Scott C. Dawson, Eva Nohýnková, Michael Cipriano
      Pages 161-183
    4. Jan Tachezy, Pavel Doležal
      Pages 185-200
    5. Tineke Lauwaet, Frances D. Gillin
      Pages 201-209
    6. Rodney D. Adam
      Pages 211-218
    7. Adrian B. Hehl
      Pages 219-231
    8. Pablo R. Gargantini, César G. Prucca, Hugo D. Luján
      Pages 233-244
    9. Theodore E. Nash
      Pages 245-257

About this book


Giardia is a relatively simple eukaryotic microbe, causing acute and chronic diarrhea which has been used as a model to understand complex biological processes occurring in eukaryotic cells. Further, due to its parasitic lifestyle, Giardia is an excellent system for the study of the mechanisms of adaptation and cell differentiation from the perspectives of molecular and cell biology. This book presents a comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge regarding all aspects of Giardia’s biology, including epidemiology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, pathogenesis, diagnostics, and clinical treatment. It was written by internationally renowned authors, the leading researchers in the field including several chapters with techniques and resources available for the study of this microorganism. Questions that need to be addressed to fully understand the molecular mechanisms of the parasite as well as the cause of its pathology are presented. Furthermore, Giardia’s biology is compared with that of other parasites in relation to their complexity. This volume is an indispensable resource for researchers working with this parasite. It is a “must” for libraries and the bookshelves of everyone interested in the biology of parasites and early-branching eukaryotes.

Editors and affiliations

  • Hugo D. Luján
    • 1
  • Staffan Svärd
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of MedicineCatholic University of CórdobaCórdobaArgentina
  2. 2.Department of Cell and Molecular BiologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Vienna 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7091-0197-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7091-0198-8
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