Molecular Biology of Parasitic Protozoa / Edition 1

Molecular Biology of Parasitic Protozoa / Edition 1

by Parsons Smith, Alison Smith
     
 

Protozoans are interesting creatures for several reasons, not least of which is their ability to live inside or among the cells of their host while resisting the host's cellular defences. The rigours of their lifestyle have resulted in the evolution of some remarkable adaptation at the biochemical level; many parasites have dispensed with entire metabolic pathways,

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Protozoans are interesting creatures for several reasons, not least of which is their ability to live inside or among the cells of their host while resisting the host's cellular defences. The rigours of their lifestyle have resulted in the evolution of some remarkable adaptation at the biochemical level; many parasites have dispensed with entire metabolic pathways, and have evolved complex mechanisms for transmission to new hosts. Parasitic protozoa cause some of the major infectious diseases of humans and domestic animals. In recent years, new molecular biological techniques have opened up the study of the biology of these parasites, and tremendous advances have been made. This book covers this interesting and fast-moving field at an advanced level for which there is no other up-to-date book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199636013
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Series:
Frontiers in Molecular Biology Series, #13
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.63(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

1. Trypanosomatid genetics
2. The three genomes of Plasmodium
3. Toxoplasma as a model genetic system
4. Kinetoplast DNA: structure and replication
5. Developmental regulation of gene expression in African trypanosomes
6. Trans-splicing in trypanosomatid protozoa
7. RNA editing. Post-transcriptional restructuring of genetic information
8. Biogenesis of specialized organelles: glycosomes and hydrogenosomes
9. Mechanism of drug resistance in protozoan parasites
10. Glycosyl-phosphatidylinositols and the surface architecture of parasitic protozoa

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