Acanthamoeba castellanii Cell Culture


Acanthamoeba castellanii is an opportunistic human parasite that is found in a wide variety of environmental niches. This unicellular amoeba has been used extensively to study the capture of prey by phagocytosis, for its ability to harbour pathogenic bacteria as endosymbionts, to understand the molecular biology of motility, and because of its ability to cause serious human diseases.

Keywords: Acanthamoeba; culture; cysts; storage; pathogenicity; life cycle

Figure 1.

Life cycle of Acanthamoeba castellanii. (a) Infective form of A. castellanii, also known as trophozoites, as observed under (a) the scanning electron microscope and (b) the phase‐contrast microscope. Under unfavourable conditions, trophozoites differentiate into cysts. (c) Cyst form of A. castellanii, characterized by arms or rays (arrow). Bar, 5 μm.



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Khan, Naveed A(Feb 2003) Acanthamoeba castellanii Cell Culture. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002577]