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Complex network of cytokines activating murine microglial cell activity against Acanthamoeba castellani Volume 13, numéro 3, September 2002

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Institute of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Second University of the Studies of Naples, Larghetto Sant' Aniello a Caponapoli 2, 80138 Naples, Italy.
  • Page(s) : 351-7
  • Année de parution : 2002

INTRODUCTION Acanthamoeba species are pathogenic, opportunistic, free-living amebas [1, 2] capable of infecting the eye, skin and brain [2-9] of human beings and other animals. Acanthamoeba spp. exist in cyst and trophozoite stages in the environment. In humans, the cysts are potentially infectious because of their capacity to convert to the trophozoite phase, but only the trophozoites are invasive [10]. The invasive capability depends [...]