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Any of the cells that are released from the oocyst of an apicomplexan parasite and invade a new host cell.

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(ˌspɔːrəˈzəʊaɪt; ˌspɒ-)
(Biology) any of numerous small mobile usually infective individuals produced in sporozoans by sporogony
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(ˌspɔr əˈzoʊ aɪt, ˌspoʊr-)

one of the minute, active bodies into which the spore of certain sporozoans divides, each developing into an adult individual.
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Noun1.sporozoite - one of the minute active bodies into which sporozoans divide in one stage of their life cycle
sporozoan - parasitic spore-forming protozoan
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At [E.sub.0], the sporozoite recruitment rate, [LAMBDA] = 0, and parasite and host-infected compartments have zero values; that is, [S.sup.*] = [M.sup.*] = [R.sup.*.sub.X] = [H.sup.*.sub.X] = 0.
The sporozoite proteins (SPECT1 and SPECT2) were reported to be necessary to pass the skin barrier, cell traversal, and migration to the liver [25].
The morphologic characteristics of the oocyst, wall, sporocyst, sporozoite, and residual body were determined in micrometers.
As shown in the diagram below, when a mosquito takes blood from a human, malarial parasites in sporozoite form that are injected with the saliva of the mosquito (1) grow in the person's liver cells (2 - 3: liver-stage) before then migrating to the blood stream and multiplying within red blood cells (4).
Gibson, "The efficiency of sporozoite transmission in the human malarias, Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax" Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol.
For in vivo imaging studies, single intramuscular injections of DQ in nano- or microsuspension formulations were conducted 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks prior to sporozoite inoculation (Figure 1).
The divergent Plasmodium sugar transporters appear to be restricted to expression only in the sporozoite stage [40], a parasite form that must survive in both vertebrate and mosquito hosts.
Pradel et al., "A mosquito-specific protein family includes candidate receptors for malaria sporozoite invasion of salivary glands," Cellular Microbiology, vol.
Sanaria Inc, a company that develops and commercialises whole-parasite malaria vaccines, announced on Monday that a clinical trial of Sanaria PfSPZ (Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite) Vaccine to prevent malaria infections has shown that the vaccine provided protection against infection with malaria parasites for at least 14 months in subjects who were exposed to Plasmodium falciparum parasites, the malaria parasite that causes about 438,000 deaths and 214 million cases each year.
gondii is found in three morphologically different strains which are named as tachyzoite, bradyzoite, and sporozoite. The tachyzoites are active, proliferative forms found to exist in groups biologically called the clones), the bradyzoites exist as tissue cysts, and the sporozoites are found in oocysts in the environment either soil, water or air (Dubey, 1993).
Purified sporozoite antigen was administered subcutaneously @ 0.1 ml per bird in the neck region, to groups T1 to T4 and T5 was kept as control.