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Image #   251904E
Name:   Plasmodium falciparum plasmodial young schizont infecting an erythrocyte
Copyright:   Copyright 2007 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Description:   Caption: Plasmodium falciparum plasmodial young schizont infecting an erythrocyte (red blood cell). Note the red blood cell membrane has small distinct knobs (purple) that are characteristic of the infection by certain strains of Plasmodium falciparum. The young schizont stage cytoplasm has a distinct food vacuole (light brown) with hemozoin pigment granules (red). The cytoplasm contains two nuclei (ivory), mitochondria (pink) and ribosomes (orange). In addition Maurer's clefts (blue) can be seen in the red blood cell hemoglobin-containing cytoplasm. Malaria is caused by Plasmodium spp., parasitic single-celled protozoans called plasmodia. Malaria is spread to humans by species of tropical mosquitoes (Anopheles species). Infection spreads from the liver to the blood, where the plasmodium multiplies inside red blood cells. The plasmodial parasite reproduces asexually in the red blood cells significantly destroying many red blood cells. There are four stages of the parasite that develop in human red blood cells - merozoite stage, ring stage, trophozoite stage and schizont stage. Release of mature Plasmodium merozoites results in further infection and produces bouts of shivering fever (paroxysms) and sweating that may be fatal.
Magnification*: x3,810
Type: TEM
    *(Magnifications are based on a 35mm slide image of 24mm in the narrow dimension.)
Keywords:   medical blood blood cells red blood cells malaria schizont RBC plasmodium blood infection human disease infected red blood cell infected red blood cells infected human blood human blood malaria infected red blood cell knobby red blood cell knobby red blood cell membrane knobby cell membrane knobby variant malaria infected red blood cells malaria infection malaria schizont stage Plasmodium falciparum plasmodium schizont stage red blood cell schizont stage dividing schizont stage malaria parasite malaria parasites protozoa protozoan paroxysms chills disease vector erythrocyte erythrocytes fever insect vector malaria vector TEM 07.01.07 plasmodia parasite parasitic protozoans asexual reproduction RBCs liver infection plasmodial parasite hemozoin hemozoin pigment hemozoin pigment granule hemozoin pigment granules hemozoin pigments knobby cell blood cell Maurer's cleft Maurer's clefts Maurers cleft Maurers clefts 251904E

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