Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Cryptosporidium Species Phylogenetic Origin

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_3675-1

According to the phylogenetic tree established by Mogi and Kita (2010), Cryptosporidium species are closely related to gregarines. This is also underlined by the fact that Cryptosporidium species do not enter host cells (but are only attached by typical anticoccidial drugs. Furthermore they possess additionally alternative oxidase (AOX) and a pyruvate-NADP-oxireductase besides the malate-quinone-oxireductase of Plasmodium species and Toxoplasma gondii.


Phylogenetic Tree Host Cell Plasmodium Species Toxoplasma Gondii Alternative Oxidase 
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  1. Mogi T, Kita K (2010) Diversity in mitochondrial metabolic pathways in parasite protists Plasmodium and Cryptosporidium. Parasitol Int 59:305–312CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany