Distribution of Acanthamoeba in more and less polluted North Sea coastal sediments

Munson, C. and Paget, Timothy A. (2006) Distribution of Acanthamoeba in more and less polluted North Sea coastal sediments. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 53 (S1). S12-S14. ISSN 1066-5234. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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A CANTHAMOEBA spp. are free-living amoebae that are ubi- quitous in nature. Some species within this large genus are opportunistic pathogens of man (Marciano-Cabral, Puffenbarger, and Cabral 2000). Infections caused by pathogenic species can involve the brain, skin, lung and eyes; eye infection is the most common ( Acanthamoeba keratitis; De Jonckheere 1991). Species of Acanthamoeba have been isolated from a variety of sources including soil, dust, fresh and marine waters (Fritsche et al. 2000; John 1993). These amoebae have a two-stage life cycle involving a vegetative trophozoite stage and a resistant cyst stage. The cysts are highly resistant to desiccation, cold, many commonly used disinfectants, and can survive exposure to 50 ppm free chlorine. As a result Acanthamoeba has been isolated from potable water systems and public baths (Seal 1995; Vesaluomo, Kalso, and Jokippi 1995). Although these organisms have been isolated from marine and fresh waters, their significance in relation to public health in these environments is less clear, as are the factors that are related to their geographical distribution. Such environments are affected by a number of factors and pollution would play a major role in modifying aquatic environments. Pollution can come from a variety of sources including fecal, industrial organic and heavy metals. This study assesses the impact of ‘‘pollutants’’ on the isolation rates and species/pathogen distribution of Acanthamoeba in North Sea coastal marine sediments

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Supplement: Suppl. 1
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Tim Paget
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2008 20:48
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 14:17
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