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Type: Journal article
Title: Vertical transmission of Toxoplasma gondii in Australian marsupials
Author: Parameswaran, N.
O'Handley, R.
Grigg, M.
Wayne, A.
Thompson, R.
Citation: Parasitology, 2009; 136(9):939-944
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Press
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0031-1820
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N. Parameswaran, R. M. O’Handley, M. E. Grigg, A. Wayne and R. C. A. Thompson
Abstract: To date, little is known about the dynamics of vertical transmission of Toxoplasma gondii in Australian marsupials. Studies in mice demonstrate that vertical transmission of T. gondii is common and that chronically infected mice can transmit T. gondii to successive generations. In this study, PCR and immunohistochemistry were used to detect T. gondii in chronically infected marsupial dams and their offspring. T. gondii was detected in the unfurred pouch young of 2 out of 10 chronically infected western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus) and in the unfurred pouch young of a brush-tailed bettong (Bettongia penicillata). Results of the study suggest that vertical transmission of T. gondii can occur in chronically infected Australian marsupials.
Keywords: Toxoplasma gondii; marsupial; vertical transmission; Australia; congenital; toxoplasmosis
Rights: Copyright Cambridge University Press 2009
RMID: 0020108908
DOI: 10.1017/S0031182009006453
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