Plasmodium lifecycle

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Plasmodium lifecycle

Post by u3s75 » Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:28 am

just wondering if you could tell me the difference between microgametocyte and a macrogametocyte.
Thanks in advance for the help.

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Post by Dr.Stein » Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:03 am

Gametocyte is a gamete-producing cell. Macrogametocyte produces macrogamete or eggs, while microgametocyte produces flagellated microgamete or sperms. Fertilization generates zygote, which develops into worm-like called ookinete.

In Biology term, prefix macro- refers to female while prefix micro- refers to male :)
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Post by u3s75 » Tue Jan 17, 2006 4:02 pm

Cheers for that, just what i needed to find out.

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Post by Dr.Stein » Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:36 am

Hehe ;)
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