AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Protists

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Edna Kaneshiro

Professor Biological Sciences
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
+1 (513) 556-9712

Pneumocystis, Cryptosporidium, the microsporidia and other eukaryotic protists (protozoa and lower fungi) can cause life-threatening disease in people who are chronically immunodeficient. Collaborations with investigators in the developing countries (Cameroon) especially where there are suboptimal sanitation conditions indicate that there is high prevalence in healthy people of the intestinal parasite belonging to a group of parasites known as the microsporidia. We believe that when people develop AIDS, they cannot clear the infections and these patients can also serve as a reservoir for these organisms. My collaborators and I have started arranging for collaborations with people in Brazil to determine the prevalence of microsporidia there. We also are collaborating on research on the lung pathogen Pneumocystis.

Project commenced on June 1, 2002

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