Erwin Studer

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In cycling between the mammalian host and the tsetse fly vector, trypanosomes undergo major changes in energy metabolism and surface coat composition. Early procyclic (insect) forms in the tsetse fly midgut are coated by glycoproteins known as EP and GPEET procyclins. EP expression continues in late procyclic forms, whereas GPEET is down-regulated. In(More)
Procyclic forms of Trypanosoma brucei reside in the midgut of tsetse flies where they are covered by several million copies of glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins known as procyclins. It has been proposed that procyclins protect parasites against proteases and/or participate in tropism, directing them from the midgut to the salivary glands. There(More)
The procyclin genes in Trypanosoma brucei are transcribed by RNA polymerase I as part of 5-10 kb long polycistronic transcription units on chromosomes VI and X. Each procyclin locus begins with two procyclin genes followed by at least one procyclin-associated gene (PAG). In procyclic (insect midgut) form trypanosomes, PAG mRNA levels are about 100-fold(More)
Cholesterol deficiency, a new autosomal recessive inherited genetic defect in Holstein cattle, has been recently reported to have an influence on the rearing success of calves. The affected animals show unresponsive diarrhea accompanied by hypocholesterolemia and usually die within the first weeks or months of life. Here, we show that whole genome(More)
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