High-Throughput Screening of Drugs Against the Growth of Cryptosporidium parvum In Vitro by qRT-PCR

  • Haili Zhang
  • Guan ZhuEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2052)


An effective method to quantify the parasite loads is the key to the evaluation of anti-cryptosporidial drug efficacy in vitro. However, high-throughput screening (HTS) of drugs against Cryptosporidium parvum in vitro was impractical by the labor-intensive traditional assays. Here we describe a simplified quantitative RT-PCR assay suitable for HTS of compounds and for evaluating drug efficacy against the growth of C. parvum in vitro.


Cryptosporidium parvum In vitro cell culture Real-time quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) Drug screening 



This research was supported in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease of the National Institutes of Health under award number R21AI099850.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical SciencesTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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