The initiation translation factor eIF-4A of Cryptosporidium parvum is encoded by two distinct mRNA forms and shows DNA sequence polymorphism distinguishing genotype 1 and 2 isolates.


The eukaryotic translation initiation factor eIF-4A is an ATP-dependent RNA helicase involved in ribosome attachment to the 5' end of mRNAs. Employing as a probe a Cryptosporidium parvum genomic amplicon encoding a partial polypeptide related to eIF-4A, we screened a C. parvum sporozoite cDNA library to clone the full length of the gene. Two complete cDNAs… (More)


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