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Active transcription is required for maintenance of epigenetic memory in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

Dzikowski R, Deitsch KW.

J Mol Biol. 2008 Oct 3;382(2):288-97. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2008.07.015. Epub 2008 Jul 16.


A var gene promoter controls allelic exclusion of virulence genes in Plasmodium falciparum malaria.

Voss TS, Healer J, Marty AJ, Duffy MF, Thompson JK, Beeson JG, Reeder JC, Crabb BS, Cowman AF.

Nature. 2006 Feb 23;439(7079):1004-8. Epub 2005 Dec 28.


Sir2 paralogues cooperate to regulate virulence genes and antigenic variation in Plasmodium falciparum.

Tonkin CJ, Carret CK, Duraisingh MT, Voss TS, Ralph SA, Hommel M, Duffy MF, Silva LM, Scherf A, Ivens A, Speed TP, Beeson JG, Cowman AF.

PLoS Biol. 2009 Apr 14;7(4):e84. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000084.


Insulator-like pairing elements regulate silencing and mutually exclusive expression in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

Avraham I, Schreier J, Dzikowski R.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Dec 26;109(52):E3678-86. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1214572109. Epub 2012 Nov 29.


Erasing the epigenetic memory and beginning to switch--the onset of antigenic switching of var genes in Plasmodium falciparum.

Fastman Y, Noble R, Recker M, Dzikowski R.

PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e34168. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0034168. Epub 2012 Mar 26.


Expression of P. falciparum var genes involves exchange of the histone variant H2A.Z at the promoter.

Petter M, Lee CC, Byrne TJ, Boysen KE, Volz J, Ralph SA, Cowman AF, Brown GV, Duffy MF.

PLoS Pathog. 2011 Feb;7(2):e1001292. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1001292. Epub 2011 Feb 17.


Strict pairing of var promoters and introns is required for var gene silencing in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

Frank M, Dzikowski R, Costantini D, Amulic B, Berdougo E, Deitsch K.

J Biol Chem. 2006 Apr 14;281(15):9942-52. Epub 2006 Feb 2.


Plasmodium falciparum associated with severe childhood malaria preferentially expresses PfEMP1 encoded by group A var genes.

Jensen AT, Magistrado P, Sharp S, Joergensen L, Lavstsen T, Chiucchiuini A, Salanti A, Vestergaard LS, Lusingu JP, Hermsen R, Sauerwein R, Christensen J, Nielsen MA, Hviid L, Sutherland C, Staalsoe T, Theander TG.

J Exp Med. 2004 May 3;199(9):1179-90.


Mutually exclusive var gene expression in the malaria parasite: multiple layers of regulation.

Chookajorn T, Ponsuwanna P, Cui L.

Trends Parasitol. 2008 Oct;24(10):455-61. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2008 Sep 2. Review.


A greedy promoter controls malarial var-iations.

Scherf A.

Cell. 2006 Jan 27;124(2):251-3. Review.


Programmed transcription of the var gene family, but not of stevor, in Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes.

Sharp S, Lavstsen T, Fivelman QL, Saeed M, McRobert L, Templeton TJ, Jensen AT, Baker DA, Theander TG, Sutherland CJ.

Eukaryot Cell. 2006 Aug;5(8):1206-14.


Antigenic variation in Plasmodium falciparum.

Scherf A, Lopez-Rubio JJ, Riviere L.

Annu Rev Microbiol. 2008;62:445-70. doi: 10.1146/annurev.micro.61.080706.093134. Review.


PfSET10, a Plasmodium falciparum methyltransferase, maintains the active var gene in a poised state during parasite division.

Volz JC, Bártfai R, Petter M, Langer C, Josling GA, Tsuboi T, Schwach F, Baum J, Rayner JC, Stunnenberg HG, Duffy MF, Cowman AF.

Cell Host Microbe. 2012 Jan 19;11(1):7-18. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2011.11.011.


Alterations in local chromatin environment are involved in silencing and activation of subtelomeric var genes in Plasmodium falciparum.

Voss TS, Tonkin CJ, Marty AJ, Thompson JK, Healer J, Crabb BS, Cowman AF.

Mol Microbiol. 2007 Oct;66(1):139-50. Epub 2007 Aug 28.


Variable switching rates of malaria virulence genes are associated with chromosomal position.

Frank M, Dzikowski R, Amulic B, Deitsch K.

Mol Microbiol. 2007 Jun;64(6):1486-98.


PfSETvs methylation of histone H3K36 represses virulence genes in Plasmodium falciparum.

Jiang L, Mu J, Zhang Q, Ni T, Srinivasan P, Rayavara K, Yang W, Turner L, Lavstsen T, Theander TG, Peng W, Wei G, Jing Q, Wakabayashi Y, Bansal A, Luo Y, Ribeiro JM, Scherf A, Aravind L, Zhu J, Zhao K, Miller LH.

Nature. 2013 Jul 11;499(7457):223-7. doi: 10.1038/nature12361. Epub 2013 Jul 3.


Selective upregulation of a single distinctly structured var gene in chondroitin sulphate A-adhering Plasmodium falciparum involved in pregnancy-associated malaria.

Salanti A, Staalsoe T, Lavstsen T, Jensen AT, Sowa MP, Arnot DE, Hviid L, Theander TG.

Mol Microbiol. 2003 Jul;49(1):179-91.


Var Gene promoter activation in clonal Plasmodium falciparum isolates follows a hierarchy and suggests a conserved switching program that is independent of genetic background.

Enderes C, Kombila D, Dal-Bianco M, Dzikowski R, Kremsner P, Frank M.

J Infect Dis. 2011 Nov 15;204(10):1620-31. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jir594. Epub 2011 Sep 16.


PfEMP1: an antigen that plays a key role in the pathogenicity and immune evasion of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

Pasternak ND, Dzikowski R.

Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2009 Jul;41(7):1463-6. doi: 10.1016/j.biocel.2008.12.012. Epub 2008 Dec 25. Review.

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