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Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2001 Apr 6;113(2):251-60.

Gene discovery in Plasmodium chabaudi by genome survey sequencing.

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Division of Infection & Immunity, IBLS, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Glasgow, UK.


The first genome survey sequencing of the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium chabaudi is presented here. In 766 sequences, 131 putative gene sequences have been identified by sequence similarity database searches. Further, 7 potential gene families, four of which have not previously been described, were discovered. These genes may be important in understanding the biology of malaria, as well as offering potential new drug targets. We have also identified a number of candidate minisatellite sequences that could be helpful in genetic studies. Genome survey sequencing in P. chabaudi is a productive strategy in further developing this in vivo model of malaria, in the context of the malaria genome projects.

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