Protocols for the Routine Screening of Drug Sensitivity in the Human Parasite Trichomonas vaginalis

  • Manal J. Natto
  • Anthonius A. Eze
  • Harry P. de Koning
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1263)


Trichomonas vaginalis is a sexually transmitted protozoan parasite of humans. Treatment of trichomoniasis is almost completely dependent on the old drug metronidazole and is hampered by resistance. New drug development, like routine screening for drug resistance, has however been hampered by the lack of reliable screening protocols with sufficient throughput. Here we report on two separate in vitro protocols that use fluorescent dyes and allow for standardized drug sensitivity testing on the required scale.

Key words

Trichomonas vaginalis Trichomoniasis Drug screening High-throughput Drug resistance In vitro assay Resazurin Resorufin Propidium iodide Alamar Blue® 



This work was supported through a Research Fellowship from the Government of Saudi Arabia to M.J.N. (grant number S8306) and a Commonwealth scholarship to A.A.E.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manal J. Natto
    • 1
  • Anthonius A. Eze
    • 1
    • 2
  • Harry P. de Koning
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life SciencesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Department of Medical BiochemistryUniversity of NigeriaEnuguNigeria

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