Course: Biology of Parasitic Protozoa

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Course title Biology of Parasitic Protozoa
Course code KPA/480
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 9
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Vávra Jiří, prof. RNDr. DrSc.
  • Fiala Ivan, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Kyslík Jiří, Mgr.
  • Lisnerová Martina, Mgr.
Course content
Content of lectures: 1. Kingdoms of organisms, protista vs. protozoa: definition of Protozoa. Origin of protists and the "Archezoa". Adaptations of protozoa to parasitism. Protozoan phyla and classification. 2. Phylum Euglenozoa. Class Kinetoplastidea, order Bodonida (Bodo, Ichthyobodo, Cryptobia, Trypanoplasma). Order Trypanosomatida, monogenetic genera Leptomonas, Crithidia, Herpetomonas, Phytomonas. 3. Phylum Euglenozoa. Class Kinetoplastidea, order Trypanosomatida, digenetic genera I: Leishmania. 4. Phylum Euglenozoa. Class Kinetoplastidea, order Trypanosomatida, digenetic genera II: trypanosomes of the Stercoraria and Salivaria groups). 5. Phylum Metamonadea (classes Retortamonadea, Trepomonadea and Oxymonadea). Retortamonas, Chilomastix, Giardia and related organisms. 6. Phylum Parabasala (trichomonads and hypermastigine flagellates). 7. Pathogenic amoeabae and amoebae-like organisms: Percolozoa (Naegleria) and tissue and intestinal Rhizopoda (Acanthamoeba, Balamuthia, Entamoeba). 8. The Alveolates: characteristics and phylogeny. The Dinoflagellates. Introduction to the phylum Apicomplexa. 9. Phylum Apicomplexa: Class Gregarinidea, orders Gregarinida, Archigregarinida, Neogregarinida. Class Coccidea (I) (Cryptosporidium). 10. Phylum Apicomplexa: Class Coccidea (II) (sarcosporidia, Toxoplasma and related genera). 11. Phylum Apicomplexa: Class Haematozoea (malaria parasites, babesia, theileria). 12. Phylum Ciliophora. 13. Protists outside the Protozoa, but studied by protozoologists I.: Microspora, II.: Myxozoa. 14. Protists outside the Protozoa, but studied by protozoologists III.: Chromista (proteromonads, opalines, Blastocystis). IV.: Pneumocystis. V.: Ichthyosporea (The DRIP's). 15. Discussion: recent oppinions on systematics and phylogeny of protists. Content of practices: 1. the use of the light microscope (the Koehler's illumination principle, phase contrast microscopy, Nomarski interference microscopy, fluorescence microscopy). 2. preparation of materials for light and electron microscopy (transmission and scanning). Safety measures in handling parasitic protozoa. 3.-15. Demonstration of representative organisms of the individual protozoan phyla and related special preparation techniques.

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Recommended literature
  • Bednář, M., Fraňková,V., Schindler, J., Souček, A., Vávra, J. (Eds. ) Lékařská mikrobiologie: bakteriologie, virologie, parazitologie. Marvil, Praha, l996, 558s. .
  • Cavalier-Smith, T. A revised six kingdom system of life. Biological Reviews 73, 203-266, 1998.
  • Corliss, J. O. An Interim Utilitarian ("User Friendly") Hierarchical Classification and Characterization of the Protists. Acta Protozoologica 33, 1-51, 1994.
  • Hausmann, K. and Hülsmann, N. Protozoology. Georg Thieme Vrlg., Stuttgart, N. Y. 1996, 338s. .
  • Jírovec, O. a spolupracovníci. Parasitologie pro lékaře. III. vydání. Avicenum/ Zdravitnické nakladatelství, Praha 1977, 797s..
  • Lee, J. J., Hutner, S. H. a Bovee, E. C. (Eds. ). Illustrated Guide to the Protozoa. Society of Protozoologists, 1985..
  • Sleigh, M. A. Protozoa and other protists. Cambridge University press, Cambridge, N. Y., Port Chester, Melbourne, Sydney. 1989. 342s. .

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Faculty of Science Parasitology (1) Biology courses 1 -