Implication of a Plasmodium falciparum gene in the switch between asexual reproduction and gametocytogenesis
DL Gardiner, MWA Dixon, T Spielmann, TS Skinner-Adams, PL Hawthorne, MR Ortega, DJ Kemp, KR Trenholme
Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2005
Gametocytogenesis is fundamental for transmission of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum from the human host to the mosquito vector, yet very little is understood about what triggers the switch between asexual reproduction and gametocytogenesis. Arresting the progression through the sexual cycle would block transmission of this disease. Here we identify a novel gene in P. falciparum that when genetically silenced reduces gametocyte production by a factor of 6, and when complemented up-regulates gametocyte-specific gene transcription.