Journal article

Direct Nanopore Sequencing of mRNA Reveals Landscape of Transcript Isoforms in Apicomplexan Parasites.

V Vern Lee, Louise M Judd, Aaron R Jex, Kathryn E Holt, Christopher J Tonkin, Stuart A Ralph

mSystems | Published : 2021

Abstract

Alternative splicing is a widespread phenomenon in metazoans by which single genes are able to produce multiple isoforms of the gene product. However, this has been poorly characterized in apicomplexans, a major phylum of some of the most important global parasites. Efforts have been hampered by atypical transcriptomic features, such as the high AU content of Plasmodium RNA, but also the limitations of short-read sequencing in deciphering complex splicing events. In this study, we utilized the long read direct RNA sequencing platform developed by Oxford Nanopore Technologies to survey the alternative splicing landscape of Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium falciparum We find that while native ..

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