Volume 25, Issue 134 (3-2016)                   J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci 2016, 25(134): 412-429 | Back to browse issues page


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Shokri A, Fakhar M, Akhtari J, Gill P. Applications of Nanoscopic Technology in Protozoal Infections. J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci. 2016; 25 (134) :412-429
URL: http://jmums.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-7237-en.html

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Identification of materials at the nanometer scale using microscope tools or nanoscopy helps in better understanding of cell physiology. It is one of the available methods in evaluating the changes caused by physico-chemical agents. In recent years, nanoscopic tools have developed greatly in ultrastructural studies or diagnostic purposes and drug screening for human protozoan infections including plasmodium spp. and Leishmania spp. The present study aimed at evaluating the application of nanoscopic technologies in studies carried out on protozoal infections, especially Leishmania parasite. A non-systematic review of published articles (1998-2014) was performed in electronic databases as PubMed, Google scholar, Scopus, Magiran, Iranmedex, and Web of Science. The search keywords included STM, AFM, protozoan pathogens, Leishmania, and nanotechnology. Our study revealed that nanoscopic technologies and on top of them atomic force microscopy (AFM) are effective and powerful tools for structural distinction of protozoan parasites, particularly Leishmania, which could be used alongside old methods such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM). 

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Type of Study: Review | Subject: parasitology

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