Schistosoma comparative genomics: integrating genome structure, parasite biology and anthelmintic discovery

Swain, Martin T., Larkin, Denis M., Caffrey, Conor R., Davies, Stephen J., Loukas, Alex, Skelly, Patrick J., and Hoffmann, Karl (2011) Schistosoma comparative genomics: integrating genome structure, parasite biology and anthelmintic discovery. Trends in Parasitology, 27 (12). pp. 555-564.

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Abstract

Schistosoma genomes provide a comprehensive resource for identifying the molecular processes that shape parasite evolution and for discovering novel chemotherapeutic or immunoprophylactic targets. Here, we demonstrate how intragenus and intergenus comparative genomics can be used to drive these investigations forward, illustrate the advantages and limitations of these approaches and review how post-genomic technologies offer complementary strategies for genome characterisation. Although sequencing and functional characterisation of other schistosome/platyhelminth genomes continues to expedite anthelmintic discovery, we contend that future priorities should equally focus on improving assembly quality, and chromosomal assignment, of existing schistosome/platyhelminth genomes.

Item ID: 20086
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-4922
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 00:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110803 Medical Parasitology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
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