Entamoeba histolytica represents one of the leading causes of parasitic death worldwide. Although identified as the causative agent of amebiasis since 1875, the molecular mechanisms by which the parasite causes disease are still not fully understood. Studying Entamoeba reveals insights into a eukaryotic cell that differs in many ways from better-studied model organisms. Thus, much can be learned from this protozoan parasite on evolution, cell biology, and RNA biology.
This review discusses selected research highlights in Entamoeba research, focuses on the development of molecular biological techniques to study this pathogen, and ends by highlighting some of the many questions that remain to be answered in order to fully understand this important human pathogen.