Plant-like traits associated with metabolism of Trypanosoma parasites.

  title={Plant-like traits associated with metabolism of Trypanosoma parasites.},
  author={V{\'e}ronique Hannaert and Emma Saavedra and Francis Duffieux and J P Szikora and Daniel J. Rigden and Paul A M Michels and Fred R. Opperdoes},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={100 3},
Trypanosomatid parasites cause serious diseases among humans, livestock, and plants. They belong to the order of the Kinetoplastida and form, together with the Euglenida, the phylum Euglenozoa. Euglenoid algae possess plastids capable of photosynthesis, but plastids are unknown in trypanosomatids. Here we present molecular evidence that trypanosomatids possessed a plastid at some point in their evolutionary history. Extant trypanosomatid parasites, such as Trypanosoma and Leishmania, contain… CONTINUE READING


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