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Acanthamoeba Keratitis

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Sight-threatening infection of the eye due to opportunistic Acanthamoeba spp., which excrete proteases that degrade basement membranes and induce cytolysis as well as apoptosis of corneal cells. This finally culminates in the dissolution of the collagenous corneal stroma.

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Mehlhorn, H. (2016). Acanthamoeba Keratitis. In: Mehlhorn, H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Parasitology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_10

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