A latent ability to persist: differentiation in Toxoplasma gondii.

Academic Article


  • A critical factor in the transmission and pathogenesis of Toxoplasma gondii is the ability to convert from an acute disease-causing, proliferative stage (tachyzoite), to a chronic, dormant stage (bradyzoite). The conversion of the tachyzoite-containing parasitophorous vacuole membrane into the less permeable bradyzoite cyst wall allows the parasite to persist for years within the host to maximize transmissibility to both primary (felids) and secondary (virtually all other warm-blooded vertebrates) hosts. This review presents our current understanding of the latent stage, including the factors that are important in bradyzoite induction and maintenance. Also discussed are the recent studies that have begun to unravel the mechanisms behind stage switching.
  • Authors

  • Jeffers, Vicki
  • Tampaki, Zoi
  • Kim, Kami
  • Sullivan, William J
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • July 2018
  • Published In


  • Animals
  • Bradyzoite
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Differentiation
  • Encystation
  • Epigenetics
  • Gene regulation
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Humans
  • Immunity
  • Latency
  • Tachyzoite
  • Toxoplasma
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 2355
  • End Page

  • 2373
  • Volume

  • 75
  • Issue

  • 13