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Title: New insights into the plasmodium vivax transcriptome using RNA-Seq
Authors: Zhu, Lei
Mok, Sachel
Imwong, Mallika
Jaidee, Anchalee
Russell, Bruce
Nosten, Francois
Day, Nicholas P.
White, Nicholas J.
Bozdech, Zbynek
Preiser, Peter Rainer
Keywords: RNA, Protozoan
Plasmodium Vivax
DRNTU::Science::Biological sciences
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Zhu, L., Mok, S., Imwong, M., Jaidee, A., Russell, B., Nosten, F., . . . Bozdech, Z. (2016). New insights into the plasmodium vivax transcriptome using RNA-Seq. Scientific Reports, 6, 20498-. doi:10.1038/srep20498
Series/Report no.: Scientific Reports
Abstract: Historically seen as a benign disease, it is now becoming clear that Plasmodium vivax can cause significant morbidity. Effective control strategies targeting P. vivax malaria is hindered by our limited understanding of vivax biology. Here we established the P. vivax transcriptome of the Intraerythrocytic Developmental Cycle (IDC) of two clinical isolates in high resolution by Illumina HiSeq platform. The detailed map of transcriptome generates new insights into regulatory mechanisms of individual genes and reveals their intimate relationship with specific biological functions. A transcriptional hotspot of vir genes observed on chromosome 2 suggests a potential active site modulating immune evasion of the Plasmodium parasite across patients. Compared to other eukaryotes, P. vivax genes tend to have unusually long 5′ untranslated regions and also present multiple transcription start sites. In contrast, alternative splicing is rare in P. vivax but its association with the late schizont stage suggests some of its significance for gene function. The newly identified transcripts, including up to 179 vir like genes and 3018 noncoding RNAs suggest an important role of these gene/transcript classes in strain specific transcriptional regulation.
DOI: 10.1038/srep20498
Schools: School of Biological Sciences 
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