Isolation of Cryptosporidium oocysts and sporozoites using discontinuous sucrose and isopycnic Percoll gradients

J Parasitol. 1987 Apr;73(2):314-9.


Techniques for the large-scale isolation of Cryptosporidium oocysts and sporozoites, obtained from the feces of experimentally infected Holstein calves, were developed employing discontinuous sucrose gradients and isopycnic Percoll gradients. The oocyst recovery method utilized 2 sequential discontinuous sucrose gradients followed by 1 Percoll gradient. Recovered oocysts were essentially free of debris and bacteria and represented 34% of the original oocyst suspension. Sporozoites were recovered from excystation mixtures on a single Percoll gradient. Sixty-three percent of the original sporozoites were recovered with 2.2% contamination by intact oocysts and virtually no oocyst walls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Centrifugation, Density Gradient
  • Centrifugation, Isopycnic
  • Coccidia / isolation & purification*
  • Cryptosporidium / cytology
  • Cryptosporidium / isolation & purification*
  • Feces / parasitology*