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
  5. Pathology, Treatment and Diagnostics of Giardia and the Host Immune Response

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Guadalupe Ortega-Pierres, Maria Luisa Bazán-Tejeda, Rocio Fonseca-Liñán, Rosa María Bermúdez-Cruz, Raúl Argüello-García
      Pages 261-274
    3. Scott C. Dawson
      Pages 275-299
    4. Steven M. Singer
      Pages 319-331
    5. Peter Lee, Aws Abdul-Wahid, Gaétan Faubert
      Pages 333-351
    6. Huw V. Smith, Theo G. Mank
      Pages 353-377
  6. Methods for Giardia Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 379-379
    2. Karin Troell, Staffan Svärd
      Pages 395-400
    3. Janet Yee, Joella Joseph
      Pages 401-411
    4. Robert Molestina, Hugo D. Luján
      Pages 413-416
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 417-420

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

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