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Laboratory Maintenance of Rodent Malaria Parasites

  • Chandra Ramakrishnan
  • Michael J. Delves
  • Kalpana Lal
  • Andrew M. Blagborough
  • Geoffrey Butcher
  • Kenneth W. Baker
  • Robert E. SindenEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 923)


We provide a series of protocols that have been used for the cyclic transmission of rodent malaria parasites in the laboratory. This is now possible both in vivo and in vitro. We focus on the least “resource intensive” and generic methods that we find applicable to any parasite–host combination. Nonetheless, we recognize that the ability to construct transgenic “reporter” parasites/hosts now permits the use of elegant analytical and imaging technologies both in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo in specific instances. The descriptions given illustrate methods routinely used for the maintenance of P. berghei; where critical, we note important differences when transmitting other parasite species.

Key words

Plasmodium Berghei Yoelii Chabaudi Passage Culture Mosquito Asexual Schizont Gametocyte Exflagellation Ookinete Oocyst Sporozoite Pre-erythrocytic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chandra Ramakrishnan
    • 1
  • Michael J. Delves
    • 1
  • Kalpana Lal
    • 1
  • Andrew M. Blagborough
    • 1
  • Geoffrey Butcher
    • 1
  • Kenneth W. Baker
    • 1
  • Robert E. Sinden
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.The Malaria Centre, Department of Life SciencesImperial CollegeLondonUK

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