Molecular Biology of Parasitic Protozoa

Paperback | September 1, 1993

EditorDeborah F. Smith, Marilyn Parsons

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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 thebiochemical 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 techniqueshave 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.

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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 thebiochemical level; many parasites have dispensed w...

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Frontiers in Molecular Biology is a series of books designed to report on rapidly evolving, key areas of research in molecular biology. Individual chapters are written by leading researchers who are specialists in their fields. Each book is carefully organized to provide an integrated analysis of current progress in the area covered. P...

Deborah F. Smith is at Imperial College. Marilyn Parsons is at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.59 inPublished:September 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019963601X

ISBN - 13:9780199636013

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Table of Contents

1. Trypanosomatid genetics2. The three genomes of Plasmodium3. Toxoplasma as a model genetic system4. Kinetoplast DNA: structure and replication5. Developmental regulation of gene expression in African trypanosomes6. Trans-splicing in trypanosomatid protozoa7. RNA editing. Post-transcriptional restructuring of genetic information8. Biogenesis of specialized organelles: glycosomes and hydrogenosomes9. Mechanism of drug resistance in protozoan parasites10. Glycosyl-phosphatidylinositols and the surface architecture of parasitic protozoa

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`It is ... timely that a new book on the subject should be published in a series designed to report on front-line molecular biological research ... this is a good book.'Brian J. Kilbey, University of Edinburgh, Genetical Research, Vol. 69 - 1997