Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Ookinete

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2219

Diploid stage in the life cycle of   Plasmodium . After fertilization of the  macrogamete in the gut of the mosquito, the resultant  zygote quickly elongates ( Kinete, Fig. 3) and becomes a motile ookinete, which penetrates the peritrophic membrane in the mosquito’s gut, migrates through the  cytoplasm of a gut cell, and begins its transformation into an  oocyst.

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