Plasmodium vivax research has been hampered by the lack of technology for culturing this parasite. Culturing P. vivax is difficult because the parasite selectively invades reticulocytes. Here we describe a modified procedure to establish and maintain short-term cultures of freshly collected P. vivax parasites using reticulocyte-enriched cord blood. Using this method, parasites could be cultured for a month. Manipulation of the culture allowed procurement of synchronized stages of the parasite. This short-term culture method can be easily adapted to study various aspects of the parasite biology.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Infectious Diseases