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Exp Parasitol. 2002 Jun-Jul;101(2-3):168-73.

Comparative EST analyses provide insights into gene expression in two asexual developmental stages of Eimeria tenella.

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Centre for Gene Analysis and Technology, School of BioSciences and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor DE, Malaysia.


The protozoan parasite Eimeria tenella has a complex life cycle that includes two major asexual developmental stages, the merozoite and the sporozoite. The expressed sequence tag (EST) approach has been previously used to study gene expression of merozoites. We report here the generation and analysis of 556 ESTs from sporozoites. Comparative analyses of the two datasets reveal a number of transcripts that are preferentially expressed in a specific stage, including previously uncharacterised sequences. The data presented indicate the invaluable potential of the comparative EST analysis for providing information on gene expression patterns in the different developmental stages of E. tenella.

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