Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Naegleria fowleri

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4090-1
The trophozoites of Naegleria fowleri ( Naegleriasis/Fig. 1) are characterized by blunt pseudopodia called lobopodia. They reach a size of 15–30 mm and live in general as other members of the Limax group in freshwater. These amoebae engulf their food by so-called amoebostomes. They are able to form two flagella (Ameba/Fig. 1). The cysts of N. fowleri are spherical, often clump closely together, and reach diameters of 7–15 μm. Naegleria is able to become an opportunistic agent of disease: PAME, naegleriasis (Fig. 1).


Opportunistic Agent Reach Diameter Blunt Pseudopodium 
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Further Reading

  1. Carrasco-Yepez M et al (2013) Naegleria fowleri glycoconjugates with residues of α-D-mannose are involved in adherence of trophozoites to mouse nasal mucosa. Parasitol Res 112:3615–3625CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Kim JH et al (2012) The immune response induced by DNA vaccine expressing nfa1 gene against Naegleria fowleri. Parasitol Res 111:2377–2384CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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