Sex in Plasmodium: a sign of commitment.

  title={Sex in Plasmodium: a sign of commitment.},
  author={Matthew W A Dixon and Joanne Thompson and Donald L. Gardiner and Katharine Trenholme},
  journal={Trends in parasitology},
  volume={24 4},
The gametocyte, or sexual blood-stage, of the malaria parasite represents the only stage of the parasite that can be transmitted to the mosquito vector following sexual development within the infected bloodmeal. Little is known about the processes leading to this cellular differentiation and specialization. The recent completion of the Plasmodium genome, and subsequent transcriptome and proteome analyses have revealed for the first time a molecular map of the genes that are differentially… CONTINUE READING