Developmental differentiation between tachyzoites and bradyzoites of Toxoplasma gondii

Parasitol Today. 1996 Jan;12(1):30-3. doi: 10.1016/0169-4758(96)80642-9.


An important event in the pathogenesis of toxoplasmosis is the interconversion between the bradyzoite and the tachyzoite stage of Toxoplasma gondii within the intermediate host. The factors that influence either cyst formation (bradyzoites) or reactivation (tachyzoites) are unknown. Uwe Gross, Wolfgang Bohne, Martine Soête and Jean François Dubremetz here describe current knowledge about the mechanisms that might lead to the induction of stage differentiation of this protozoan parasite.