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SECOMAP

Sexual Commitment of Malaria Parasites: Investigation Into the Epigenetic Control of Plasmodium Gametocytogenesis

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Project "SECOMAP" data sheet

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Coordinator
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW 

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address: UNIVERSITY AVENUE
city: GLASGOW
postcode: G12 8QQ
website: www.gla.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/iii/staff/andywaters/
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2017-07-31

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1    UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW UK (GLASGOW) coordinator 195˙454.00

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 Project objective

Malaria is one of the major threats for human health worldwide and caused by unicellular organisms of the Plasmodium genus. Within their mosquito vector and human host malaria parasites replicate almost exclusively asexually. In order to be transmitted to mosquitoes formerly asexual parasites instead develop into gametocytes, which are the only forms that can infect mosquitoes. Understanding the switch of asexual to sexual replication could offer new routes towards therapeutic intervention in sexual development and transmission. However, the molecular details of commitment to gametocytogenesis remain largely unknown, and only recently the AP2-G transcription factor was identified as master regulator of gametocytogenesis. Gametocyte formation is a dead end for enduring infection and therefore sexual commitment has to be suitably regulated to ensure prolonged infection and transmission at the same time. The proposed research project aims to elucidate the epigenetic mechanisms which controls gametocytogenesis in malaria parasites infectious to rodents and humans, and intends to identify key molecular factors which regulate repression and activation of the ap2-g locus. The project will shed new light on the molecular mechanisms controlling sexual commitment and general gene expression in Plasmodium, with implications for therapeutic intervention in transmission and development of malaria parasites.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2016 Sebastian Kirchner, B. Joanne Power, Andrew P. Waters
Recent advances in malaria genomics and epigenomics
published pages: , ISSN: 1756-994X, DOI: 10.1186/s13073-016-0343-7
Genome Medicine 8/1 2019-07-24

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