Complete avian malaria parasite genomes reveal host-specific parasite evolution in birds and mammals

  title={Complete avian malaria parasite genomes reveal host-specific parasite evolution in birds and mammals},
  author={U. B{\"o}hme and T. D. Otto and J. Cotton and Sascha Steinbiss and M. Sanders and Samuel O. Oyola and A. Nicot and S. Gandon and K. Patra and Colin Herd and E. Bushell and Katarzyna Modrzyńska and O. Billker and J. Vinetz and A. Rivero and C. Newbold and M. Berriman},
  • U. Böhme, T. D. Otto, +14 authors M. Berriman
  • Published 2016
  • Biology
  • bioRxiv
  • Avian malaria parasites are prevalent around the world, and infect a wide diversity of bird species. Here we report the sequencing and analysis of high quality draft genome sequences for two avian malaria species, Plasmodium relictum and Plasmodium gallinaceum. We identify 50 genes that are specific to avian malaria, located in an otherwise conserved core of the genome that shares gene synteny with all other sequenced malaria genomes. Phylogenetic analysis suggests that the avian malaria… CONTINUE READING
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