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Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2001 Apr 25;114(1):17-27.

Control of VSG gene expression sites.

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The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Division of Molecular Biology and Centre of Biomedical Genetics, Plesmanlaan 121, 1066 CX, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. pborst@nki.nl

Abstract

Trypanosoma brucei survives in mammals by antigenic variation of its surface coat consisting of variant surface glycoprotein (VSG). Trypanosomes change coat mainly by replacing the transcribed VSG genes in an active telomeric expression site by a different VSG gene. There are about 20 different expression sites and trypanosomes can also change coat by switching the site that is active. This review summarizes recent work on the mechanism of site switching and on the way inactive expression sites are kept silent.

PMID:
11356510
DOI:
10.1016/s0166-6851(01)00243-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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