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Acanthamoeba castellanii Cell Culture

  1. Naveed A Khan

Published Online: 26 FEB 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002577



How to Cite

Khan, N. A. 2003. Acanthamoeba castellanii Cell Culture. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 FEB 2003


Acanthamoeba castellanii is an opportunistic human parasite that is found in a wide variety of environmental niches. This unicellular amoeba has been used extensively to study the capture of prey by phagocytosis, for its ability to harbour pathogenic bacteria as endosymbionts, to understand the molecular biology of motility, and because of its ability to cause serious human diseases.


  • Acanthamoeba;
  • culture;
  • cysts;
  • storage;
  • pathogenicity;
  • life cycle