Background: Human cryptosporidiosis is caused primarily by two species of apicomplexan protozoa, Cryptosporidium parvum and C. hominis. In cultured cell monolayers, the parasite undergoes two generations of asexual multiplication (merogony). However, the proportion of parasites completing the life-cycle is low and insufficient to sustain continuous propagation. Due to the intracellular location of... read moremeronts and later life-cycle stages, oocyst and sporozoites are the only forms of the parasite that can readily be isolated.
Keywords: Transcriptome, Cryptosporidium parvum, Sus scrofa, RNA-Seq.