Molecular epidemiology of human intestinal amoebas in Iran

Hooshyar, H. and Rostamkhani, P. and Rezaian, M. (2012) Molecular epidemiology of human intestinal amoebas in Iran. Iranian Journal of Public Health, 41 (9). pp. 10-17.

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Many microscopic-based epidemiological surveys on the prevalence of human intestinal pathogenic and nonpathogenic protozoa including intestinal amoeba performed in Iran show a high prevalence of human intestinal amoeba in different parts of Iran. Such epidemiological studies on amoebiasis are confusing, mainly due to recently appreciated distinction between the Entamoeba histolytica, E. dispar and E. moshkovskii. Differential diagnosis can be done by some methods such as PCR-based methods, monoclonal antibodies and the analysis of isoenzyme typing, however the molecular study of these protozoa in Iran is low. Based on molecular studies, it seems that E. dispar is predominant species especially in the central and northern areas of Iran and amoebiasis due to E. histolytica is a rare infection in the country. It is suggested that infection with E. moshkovskii may be common among Iranians. Considering the importance of molecular epidemiology of amoeba in Iran and also the current data, the present study reviews the data currently available on the molecular distribution of intestinal human amoeba in Iran.

Item Type: Article
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Subjects: Parasitology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Basic Sciences > Department of Parasitological & Mycology
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Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 16:17
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 16:17

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