Monoclonal antibodies to intracellular stages of Cryptosporidium parvum define life cycle progression in vitro

Georgia Wilke, Soumya Ravindran, Lisa Funkhouser-Jones, Jennifer Barks, Qiuling Wang, Kelli L. VanDussen, Thaddeus S. Stappenbeck, Theresa B. Kuhlenschmidt, Mark S. Kuhlenschmidt, L. David Sibley

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Among the obstacles hindering Cryptosporidium research is the lack of an in vitro culture system that supports complete life development and propagation. This major barrier has led to a shortage of widely available anti-Cryptosporidium antibodies and a lack of markers for staging developmental progression. Previously developed antibodies against Cryptosporidium were raised against extracellular stages or recombinant proteins, leading to antibodies with limited reactivity across the parasite life cycle. Here we sought to create antibodies that recognize novel epitopes that could be used to define intracellular development. We identified a mouse epithelial cell line that supported C. parvum growth, enabling immunization of mice with infected cells to create a bank of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against intracellular parasite stages while avoiding the development of host-specific antibodies. From this bank, we identified 12 antibodies with a range of reactivities across the parasite life cycle. Importantly, we identified specific MAbs that can distinguish different life cycle stages, such as trophozoites, merozoites, type I versus II meronts, and macrogamonts. These MAbs provide valuable tools for the Cryptosporidium research community and will facilitate future investigation into parasite biology.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere00124-18
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2018


  • Cryptosporidium
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Intracellular parasites
  • Membrane proteins
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Sexual development


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