In Vitro Culture of Cryptosporidium parvum Using Hollow Fiber Bioreactor: Applications for Simultaneous Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Evaluation of Test Compounds

  • Nigel YarlettEmail author
  • Mary Morada
  • Mohini Gobin
  • Wesley Van Voorhis
  • Samuel Arnold
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2052)


Hollow fiber technology is a powerful tool for the culture of difficult-to-grow cells. Cryptosporidium parvum has a multistage sexual and asexual life cycle that has proved difficult to culture by conventional in vitro culture methods. Here, we describe a method utilizing a hollow fiber bioreactor for the continuous in vitro growth of C. parvum that produces sexual and asexual stages. The method enables the evaluation of potential therapeutic compounds under conditions that mirror the dynamic conditions found in the gut facilitating preliminary pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data to be obtained.


Hollow fiber bioreactor Cryptosporidium parvum In vitro culture Pharmacokinetic Pharmacodynamics 



This research was supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nigel Yarlett
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mary Morada
    • 1
  • Mohini Gobin
    • 1
  • Wesley Van Voorhis
    • 3
  • Samuel Arnold
    • 3
  1. 1.Haskins LaboratoriesPace UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Department of Chemistry and Physical ChemistryPace UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, The Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious DiseasesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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