[Study on the biological characteristic of Blastocystis hominis: morphology, mode of reproduction and the relation to bacteria]

Wei Sheng Yan Jiu. 2006 Nov;35(6):739-42.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To observe the reproductive modes of Blastocystis hominis and study the relation between this protozoa and bacteria.

Methods: Using the Iodine and Haematoxylin staining, the morphology of B. h from patients and RPMI 1640 medium were observed. The B. h positive mucous diarrheal specimens were cultured and identified any possible known pathogenic intestinal bacteria. B. h and colibacillus were co-cultured to observe the interaction between them.

Results: Four modes of reproduction for B. h were confirmed: binary fission, endodyogeny, multiple fission and budding. The fact that there was no other intestinal pathogens in half of the B. h positive specimens suggested B. h may cause disease independently. B. h and colibacillus were restrained each other.

Conclusion: B. h reproduces in at least four modes. B. h could be a pathogen and its pathogenesis may be related to micro-ecological changes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blastocystis hominis / microbiology*
  • Blastocystis hominis / physiology*
  • Blastocystis hominis / ultrastructure
  • Escherichia coli / physiology
  • Feces / parasitology
  • Humans
  • Reproduction / physiology