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Cell Microbiol. 2006 Oct;8(10):1529-36.

Functional genomics of Plasmodium falciparum through transposon-mediated mutagenesis.

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Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA.

Abstract

Plasmodium falciparum is the causative agent for the most lethal form of human malaria, killing millions annually. Genetic analyses of P. falciparum have been relatively limited due to the lack of robust techniques to manipulate this parasite. Development of transfection technologies and whole genome analyses have helped in understanding the complex biology of this parasite. Even with this wealth of information functional genomics approaches are still very limited in P. falciparum due to the cumbersome and inefficient methods of genetic manipulation. This review focuses on a recently developed, highly efficient method for transposon-based mutagenesis and transgene expression in P. falciparum that will allow functional genomics studies to be performed proficiently on this deadly malaria parasite. By using a piggyBac-based transposition system, multiple random integrations have been obtained into the genome of the parasite. This technique could hence be employed to set up several biological screens in this lethal protozoan parasite that may lead to identification of novel drug targets and vaccine candidates.

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