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Many of the proteins thought to play roles in phagocytic processes in higher eukaryotes have been analyzed in through the use of directed deletion mutations. During phagocytosis of either nonpathogens or particles, internalization of the target by proceeds via a process that is very reminiscent of phagocytic uptake by macrophages. The original attempt to isolate phagocytosis-defective mutants that employed a selection strategy was one that was published more than 25 years ago, although the nature of the mutations isolated in this study has never been worked out. There are number of microbial pathogens discussed in this chapter, however, that are documented to interact with amoebae in the environment, making them attractive microorganisms to study with respect to . As described in the discussion of the interaction of with amoebae, the resemblance of pathogenic mycobacterial species with common environmental isolates suggests that selection for virulence could be partially explained by acquiring resistance to killing by soil amoebae. The soil fungus is an opportunistic pathogen of humans that mainly causes disease in immunecompromised patients, such as those with a genetically defective immune system, organ transplant patients on immunosuppressive therapy, and individuals with human immunodeficiency virus infection. There are a number of surrogate hosts that have been used to simplify analysis of virulence factors of pathogens that attack mammalian hosts, most notably , , and .

Citation: Li Z, Isberg R. 2009. : a Model Phagocyte and a Model for Host-Pathogen Interactions, p 493-512. In Russell D, Gordon S (ed), Phagocyte-Pathogen Interactions. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816650.ch32
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A mutant is inefficient at maintaining an replication compartment. was incubated with either (A) the wild-type AX4 strain of or (B) an AX4 strain for 6 h, fixed, and prepared for electron microscopy. The wild-type strain is found within a spacious vacuole, whereas the mutant appears to be in a vacuole that has fused with other compartments in the amoebae. Micrograph is from .

Citation: Li Z, Isberg R. 2009. : a Model Phagocyte and a Model for Host-Pathogen Interactions, p 493-512. In Russell D, Gordon S (ed), Phagocyte-Pathogen Interactions. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816650.ch32
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resides in two different locales within . Micrographs from (A) and (B) . Amoebae were incubated with for 24 h, fixed, and processed for transmission electron microscopy. (A) Groups of bacteria found in a single vacuole. (B) Bacteria apparently found in the amoebal cytoplasm. Bacteria free in cytoplasm were originally described as being in individual phagosomes ( ), but more recent work suggests that the may not be in membrane-bound compartments in panel B ( ).

Citation: Li Z, Isberg R. 2009. : a Model Phagocyte and a Model for Host-Pathogen Interactions, p 493-512. In Russell D, Gordon S (ed), Phagocyte-Pathogen Interactions. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816650.ch32
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