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Salivarian trypanosomes are extracellular parasites of mammals that are transmitted by tsetse flies. The procyclic acidic repetitive proteins (PARPs) are the major surface glycoproteins of the form of Trypanosoma brucei that replicates in the fly. The abundance of PARP mRNA and protein is very strongly regulated, mostly at the post-transcriptional level.(More)
A series of Trypanosoma brucei transfection vectors was constructed in which transcription of the luciferase gene was driven by the procyclic acidic repetitive protein (procyclin) promoter. The untranslated regions surrounding the luciferase gene were derived from the actin, fructose bisphosphate aldolase, or PARP loci. Trans-splicing of the resulting(More)
While growing in the tsetse fly, Trypanosoma brucei expresses a major surface glycoprotein, the procyclic acidic repetitive protein (PARP). The parp genes are transcribed by an alpha-amanitin-resistant RNA polymerase. We have determined the sequence requirements for parp promoter activity. Studies of RNA produced from input DNA in transiently transfected(More)
The procyclic acidic repetitive protein (procyclin) and variant surface glycoprotein genes of Trypanosoma brucei are transcribed by a polymerase sharing many features with RNA polymerase I. Mutational analyses on the PARP and ribosomal RNA promoters have shown that sequences important for promoter activity are concentrated 20-60 bp upstream of the(More)
Nearly all trypanosome mRNAs are synthesized as polycistronic precursors, from which mature mRNAs are excised by trans splicing and polyadenylation. Polyadenylation of a procyclic acidic repetitive protein (PARP, or procyclin) transcript was studied by transient transfection of constructs bearing a chloramphenicol acetyltransferase gene linked to the PARP(More)
Five RNA transcripts of about 1.2 to 1.7 kilobases were mapped to a part of the genome of insect iridescent virus type 6 (Chilo iridescent virus; CIV) between genome coordinates 0.832 and 0.856 within the EcoRI DNA fragment F. The nucleotide sequence of this particular region (5702 base pairs) of the CIV genome was determined. The DNA sequence contains a(More)