Linking the antigen archive structure to pathogen fitness in African trypanosomes.


Systems that generate antigenic variation enable pathogens to evade host immune responses and are intricately interwoven with major pathogen traits, such as host choice, growth, virulence and transmission. Although much is understood about antigen switching at the molecular level, little is known about the cross-scale links between these molecular processes and the larger-scale within and between host population dynamics that they must ultimately drive. Inspired by the antigenic variation system of African trypanosomes, we apply modelling approaches to our expanding understanding of the organization and expression of antigen repertoires, and explore links across these scales. We predict how pathogen population processes are determined by underlying molecular genetics and infer resulting selective pressures on important emergent repertoire traits.

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2129

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@article{Gjini2013LinkingTA, title={Linking the antigen archive structure to pathogen fitness in African trypanosomes.}, author={Erida Gjini and Daniel T. Haydon and J. David Barry and Christina A. Cobbold}, journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences}, year={2013}, volume={280 1753}, pages={20122129} }