Eliane C Laurentino

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Malaria parasites invade erythrocytes of their host both for asexual multiplication and for differentiation to male and female gametocytes - the precursor cells of Plasmodium gametes. For further development the parasite is dependent on efficient release of the asexual daughter cells and of the gametes from the host erythrocyte. How malarial parasites exit(More)
Human FACT (facilitates chromatin transcription) consists of the proteins SPT16 and SSRP1 and acts as a histone chaperone in the (dis)assembly of nucleosome (and thereby chromatin) structure during transcription and DNA replication. We identified a Plasmodium berghei protein, termed FACT-L, with homology to the SPT16 subunit of FACT. Epitope tagging of(More)
We have carried out a survey of the genome of Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis by shotgun sequencing. Approximately 15% of the haploid genome of the parasite (5.15 Mb of genomic sequence) was obtained. A large number of known and putative genes, predicted to be involved in several cellular processes, were identified. Some genomic features were(More)
The use of transposable elements as a gene-trapping strategy is a powerful tool for gene discovery. Herein we describe the development of a transposable system, based on the bacterial Tn5 transposon, which has been used successfully in Leishmania braziliensis. The transposon carries the neomycin phosphotransferase gene, which is expressed only when inserted(More)
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