Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 17067928
C. R. Biol. 2006 Nov;329(11):858-62
Malaria, the disease caused by Plasmodium, kills more than 1 million people annually. Little is known of the pre-erythrocytic phase of the parasite life cycle, i.e., after the sporozoite stage is inoculated in the dermis by a mosquito and before the erythrocyte-infecting stage is released from hepatocytes. We present here a quantitative, real-time analysis of the fate of parasites transmitted in a rodent system. We describe previously unrecognized steps in the parasite’s journey to the liver of the host, which are likely to play an important role in the host immune response.