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Malar J. 2008 Sep 22;7:183. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-7-183.

Transformation of the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium chabaudi and generation of a stable fluorescent line PcGFPCON.

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  • 1Institute of Immunology and Infection Research, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK. sarah.reece@ed.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium chabaudi has proven of great value in the analysis of fundamental aspects of host-parasite-vector interactions implicated in disease pathology and parasite evolutionary ecology. However, the lack of gene modification technologies for this model has precluded more direct functional studies.

METHODS:

The development of in vitro culture methods to yield P. chabaudi schizonts for transfection and conditions for genetic modification of this rodent malaria model are reported.

RESULTS:

Independent P. chabaudi gene-integrant lines that constitutively express high levels of green fluorescent protein throughout their life cycle have been generated.

CONCLUSION:

Genetic modification of P. chabaudi is now possible. The production of genetically distinct reference lines offers substantial advances to our understanding of malaria parasite biology, especially interactions with the immune system during chronic infection.

PMID:
18808685
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PMCID:
PMC2563023
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