Send to

Choose Destination
Curr Opin Microbiol. 2007 Dec;10(6):539-46. Epub 2007 Nov 9.

The cell biology of Trypanosoma brucei differentiation.

Author information

Institute of Immunology and Infection Research, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Ashworth Laboratories, King's Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JT, UK.


Developmental events in the life-cycle of the sleeping sickness parasite comprise integrated changes in cell morphology, metabolism, gene expression and signalling pathways. In each case these processes differ from the eukaryotic norm. In the past three years, understanding of these developmental processes has progressed from a description of the cytological events of differentiation to a discovery of its underlying molecular controls. With an expanding set of reagents for the identification of distinct parasite life-cycle stages in the tsetse, trypanosome differentiation is being studied from the molecular to the organismal and population level. Interestingly, the new molecular discoveries provide insights into the biology of the parasite in the field.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center