Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Shape Shifting

  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_4321
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Formation of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes (= gamonts) needs much more time (9–12 days) than the formation of the asexual merozoites which requires only 43–48 h. During this formation of male and female gamonts in P. falciparum, the young sexual stages being practically not distinguishable from asexual ones develop their typical crescent shape (see Fig. 1), which is unique among the human malaria species, since P. vivax, P. malariae, and P. ovale have ovoid to spherical gamonts in both sexes.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany