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1 25 The Protists Copyright © McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC. Permission required for reproduction or display.

2 The Protists Eukaryotes with the taxonomic classification in flux
Kingdom Protista (out dated?) is artificial grouping of over 65,000 different single-celled life forms A polyphyletic collection of organisms Most are unicellular Lack the level of tissue organization present in higher eukaryotes

3 Distribution of Protists
Grow in a wide variety of moist habitats Most are free living Chemoorganoheterotrophic forms play role in recycling nitrogen and phosphorus Terrestrial and planktonic forms Photolithoautotrophic forms usually referred to as algae Parasitic forms cause disease in humans and domesticated animals


5 Nutrition in Protists Protozoa are chemoorganoheterotrophic protists
saprophytes – nutrients obtained from dead organic matter through enzymatic degradation osmotrophy – absorb soluble products holozoic nutrition – solid nutrients acquired by phagocytosis Photolithoautotrophic protists strict aerobes, use photosystems I and II for oxygenic photosynthesis Mixotrophic protists use organic and inorganic carbon compounds

6 Protist Morphology Plasma membrane structure similar to multicellular plants/animals Pellicle structure provides support in protozoa Cell wall in algae Motility Pseudopodia in amoeboids Flagella Cilia Some with no motility

7 Encystment and Excystment
protists simplify in structure and become dormant (cyst) with a cell wall and very low metabolic activity protects against environmental changes can assist in nuclear reorganization/reproduction (schizogony and plasmotomy) serve as a means of host to host transfer for parasitic species

8 Encystment and Excystment
A return to favorable conditions may stimulate a cyst form to return to its original state In parasitic protists, this may occur following ingestion of a cyst by a new host organism Giardia

9 Protist Reproductive Cells and Structures
Protists have asexual and sexual reproduction Asexual stage usually binary fission but can be schizogony or plasmotomy Sexual stages use fusion of gametes in syngamy process within a single org (autogamy) or between (conjugation)

10 Protists Taxonomy Difficult to define due to vast differences in protists Very much in flux and an area of active research New classification scheme is based on that of the International Society of Protistologists doesn’t utilize hierarchical ranks (class and order) 6 Super Groups

11 Super-Group Excavata Giardia – causes diarrhea
Trichonympha – symbiotic with termites Trichomonas vaginalis – common STD Trypanosoma gambiense – African Sleeping Sickness Trypanosoma cruzii – Chaga's Disease Euglena – autotroph and heterotroph Super-Group Excavata

12 Trichonympha Obligate mutuals of wood-eating insects such as termites
Release cellulose for digesting May account for 1/3 biomass in termite

13 Leishmaniasis Caused by Leishmania flagellated protists
Leishmania donovani, L. tropica, L mexicana Transmitted by sandflies when they take a blood meal animal reservoirs include canines and rodents, also blood transfusions, needles Three forms of infection mucocutaneous, cutaneous, and visceral

14 Leishmaniasis Diagnosis Treatment, prevention, and control
observation of parasites within infected macrophages, cultural and serological tests Treatment, prevention, and control antiparasite therapy vector and reservoir control, and epidemiological surveillance

15 Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
Lesions of mouth, nose, throat, and skin that cause extensive scarring and disfigurement Papules that develop into crustated ulcers Healing occurs with scarring, permanent immunity Disease has destroyed the nasal septum and deformed the nose and lips.


17 Trichomonas vaginalis
trichomoniasis sexually transmitted infection in humans 7 million cases in U.S. 180 million worldwide

18 Trichomoniasis Caused by protist flagellate Trichomonas vaginalis
Common sexually transmitted disease Clinical manifestations accumulation of leukocytes at site of infection in females, yellow purulent vaginal discharge/itching in males, usually asymptomatic or burning urination Diagnosis observation of parasite in vaginal discharge, semen, or urine Treatment, prevention, and control antiparasite therapy

19 Trypanosomiasis Caused by trypanosomes
group of flagellated protists changes its protein coat (antigens) and evades the immunologic response Transmitted by tsetse flies (African trypanosomiasis) or kissing bug (Chagas’ disease) reservoirs include domestic cattle and other animals Diagnosed by observation of motile parasites in blood or antibody levels

20 Trypanosomes Antigenic variation
thick glycoprotien layer coating cell wall surface which is changeable enables the parasite’s escape from the host immune system no vaccines new drugs may target flagellar proteins important for division

21 African Trypanosomiasis
Clinical manifestations interstitial inflammation and necrosis within lymph nodes and small blood vessels of brain and heart, leading to lethargy (hence name, sleeping sickness) and death within 1 to 3 years Drug therapy is available Vaccines not useful due to antigenic variation



24 Chagas’ Disease Triatome ("Kissing") bug takes blood meal, defecates in wound Trypanosome in feces is scratched into body Acute disease rapid onset, trypanosome moves through bloodstream, enters cells, becomes amastigote, replicates may be cleared or develop chronic form treatment may be effective at this stage

25 Chagas’ Disease Chronic disease
amastigotes reach heart, gastrointestinal and other cells replicate causing heart disease and other disorders due to destruction of parasitized cells in the liver, spleen, lymph nodes, GI, and central nervous system Leading cause of heart disease worldwide and previlence is increasing in the U.S. Only investigational treatment currently available at chronic stage vaccines not effective due to antigenic variation of trypanosome


27 Giardiasis Caused by Giardia intestinalis
forms cysts and trophozoites trophozoites attach to intestinal epithelium and interfere with nutrient absorption Transmission usually by cyst-contaminated water numerous animal reservoirs asymptomatic human carriers are common more serious disease in children

28 Giardiasis Clinical manifestations Diagnosis
acute giardiasis - severe diarrhea, epigastric pain, cramps, voluminous flatulence, and anorexia chronic gastritis - intermittent diarrhea with periodic appearance and remission of symptoms Diagnosis observation of cysts or trophozoites in stools, and ELISA Treatment, prevention, and control antiprotozoal agents avoiding contaminated water and use of slow sand filters in processing of drinking water


30 Euglena Commonly found in fresh water
1/3 photoautotrophic, rest are chemoorganotrophs Euglena is the representative phototroph pellicle - proteinaceous strips, microtubules red eye spot (stigma) orients to light chlorophylls a and b, carotenoids contractile vacuole and flagella

31 Super-Group Amoebozoa
Entamoeba histolytica causes amoebic dysentery third leading cause of parasitic death worldwide acquired by consuming E. histolytica cysts may migrate to lungs, brain, liver, or skin Naegleria fowleri Acanthamoeba Slime Molds (previously classified as fungi)

32 Amebiasis (Amebic Dysentery)
Caused by Entamoeba histolytica Infection by ingestion of mature cysts from fecally contaminated water, food or hands, or from fecal exposure during sexual contact Clinical manifestations asymptomatic to fulminating dysentery, exhaustive diarrhea, appendicitis, and abscesses of liver, lungs, and brain

33 Amebiasis Diagnosis Treatment, prevention, and control
observation of trophozoites in fresh warm stools or cysts in ordinary stools, and serological tests Treatment, prevention, and control antiprotozoal agents avoiding contaminated water and food and hyperchlorination or iodination of water supplies to destroy waterborne cysts


35 Amebic Meningoencephalitis and Keratitis
Caused by the free-living amoebae Naegleria and Acanthamoeba facultative (opportunistic) parasites Clinical manifestations primary amebic meningoencephalitis Granulomatous amoebic encephalitis keratitis – progressive ulceration of the cornea Diagnosis demonstration of amoebae in clinical specimens Treatment, prevention, and control no drug therapy available do not use water for contact lens care

36 Super-Group Amoebozoa continued:
Acellular and Cellular Slime Molds

37 Super-Group Rhizaria Radiolaria
Most have internal skeleton made of siliceous material

38 Foraminifera Called forams ~20mm – several centimeter size range
Filopodia are arranged in branching network (reticulopodia) May harbor endosymbiotic algae contribute to foram nutrition Have characteristics tests arranged in multiple chambers that are sequentially added as organism grows

39 More about Forams Complex life cycle
sexual and asexual reproduction Found in marine and estuarine habitats Foram tests make up most modern-day chalk, limestone, and marble

40 Supergroup Chromoaveolata
A diverse group including autotrophic, mixotrophic, and heterotrophic protists Some of the most significant parasitic protists Examples: Dinoflagellata (dinoflagellates) Balantidium coli causes diarrhea and dysentery Plasmodium species cause Malaria Toxoplasma gondii causes Toxoplasmosis Cryptosporidium parvum causes diarrheal disease Diatoms - found in marine plankton produce 40% to 50% of organic carbon in ocean golden and brown algae (seaweeds and kelp)

41 Dinoflagellates Large group found in marine plankton
cause phosphorescence/toxic blooms in seawater Nutritionally complex Symbiotic forms live in association with reef building corals

42 Arthropod Borne Diseases
Malaria caused by four species of Plasmodium transmitted by bite of an infected female mosquito life cycle of plasmodial protists sporozoite injected with mosquito bite replicates as merozoite in hepatic cells released, enters erythrocytes and replicates lyses erythrocytes – correlates with fever



45 Malaria Clinical manifestations periodic attacks of chills and fever
anemia can result and the spleen and liver often hypertrophy can cause cerebral malaria in children and nonimmune individuals

46 Malaria Diagnosis Treatment, prevention, and control
demonstration of parasites within Wright- or Giemsa- stained red blood cells and serological tests Treatment, prevention, and control antimalarial drugs resistance has been observed chemoprophylaxis for travelers to endemic areas prevention via netting/insecticide to control mosquitoes new vaccine shows promise


48 Toxoplasmosis Worldwide very common disease caused by
Toxoplasma gondii apicomplexan (nonmotile) protist most are asymptomatic reservoir wild rodents, birds, small mammals Fecal-oral transmission from infected animals also by ingestion of undercooked meat, congenital transfer, blood transfusion, or tissue transplant

49 Toxoplasmosis Clinical manifestations diagnosis
usually asymptomatic or resembles mononucleosis encephalitis can be fatal in immunocompromised hosts tachyzoites cross the placenta and infect fetus, causing serious congenital defects or death diagnosis serological tests treatment, prevention, and control antiparasite therapy minimizing exposure by: avoidance of raw meat, washing hands after soil work, cat-handling practices

50 Cryptosporidiosis Emerging disease caused by Cryptosporidium parvum
forms cysts, sporozoites, and merozoites sporozoites parasitize intestinal epithelial cells Transmitted from animal reservoirs in contaminated food or water many birds and mammals shed oocysts in feces

51 Cryptosporidiosis Clinical manifestations Diagnosis
diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, fever, and fatigue usually self-limiting can be fatal in late stage AIDS patients and other immunocompromised individuals Diagnosis microscopic examination of stools Treatment, prevention, and control symptomatic/supportive therapy cysts very resistant to chlorine

52 Diatoms Chlorophylls and accessory pigments
Frustule – two-piece cell wall of silica unique, beautiful patterns Important in global carbon cycling marine planktonic diatoms produce 40–50% of organic ocean carbon Diatomaceous Earth – significant economic algae

53 Supergroup Archaeplastida
All higher plants and many algal species are included Chlorophytya (green algae) Phototrophs have chlorophylls a/b and carotenoids Many have cellulose cell walls Exhibit a diverse morphology

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