Trichomonas vaginalis: paradigm of a successful sexually transmitted organism

Rughooputh, Sanjiv and Greenwell, Pamela (2005) Trichomonas vaginalis: paradigm of a successful sexually transmitted organism. British Journal of Biomedical Science, 62 (4). pp. 193-200. ISSN 0967-4845

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Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) is one of the most successful protozoan pathogens and one of the most common sexually transmitted organism in females, yet it is also one of the most poorly investigated. By producing a wide array of glycosidases and cysteine proteinase enzymes, the organism can easily adapt to the environment, harvesting host proteins and DNA for metabolism. With the ability to cause lesions, vaginitis and acute inflammatory disease of the genital mucosa, TV acts as a potential catalyst in the acquisition of secondary infections including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and human papillomavirus (HPV), the organism responsible for the pathogenesis of cervical cancer. Treatment of TV infection is relatively easy and could dramatically reduce the transmission of HIV in areas where TV is endemic.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Life Sciences, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2008 10:53
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2009 10:53

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