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Image #   251905D
Name:   Plasmodium falciparum plasmodial late schizont stage in a red blood cell
Copyright:   Copyright 2007 Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.
Description:   Caption: Plasmodium falciparum plasmodial schizont, or segmenter, in an erythrocyte (red blood cell) after completion of division. A residual body is left over after division (purple). The red blood cell has lysed and only a ghost red blood cell membrane (no cytoplasm) is seen surrounding the new merozoites that are just being released. Free merozoites can be seen outside the ghost red blood cell membrane. The cytoplasm of the merozoites contains a nucleus (blue), mitochondria (orange) and rhoptry bulbs (green). 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*: x2,810
Type: TEM
    *(Magnifications are based on a 35mm slide image of 24mm in the narrow dimension.)
Keywords:   07.01.07 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 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 plasmodia parasite parasitic protozoans asexual reproduction RBCs liver infection plasmodial parasite segmenter residual body merozoite merozoite stage malaria merozoite stage plasmodium merozoite stage blood cell 251905D

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