Innate immune responses to Encephalitozoon species infections

Amber Mathews, Louisiana State University
Anne Hotard, Louisiana State University
Hollie Hale-Donze, Louisiana State University


Microsporidia are obligate intracellular, eukaryotic fungi, which have gained recognition as opportunistic parasites in immunocompromised patients. Resistance to lethal microsporidia infections requires a Th1 immune response; how this protection is initiated against Encephalitozoon species is the focus of this review article.