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Title: A crucial role of the zinc finger protein PfZnFP-G in sexual differentiation of the malaria parasites, Plasmodium falciparum      
dateReleased:
11-24-2015
description:
We described the biological role of a putative zinc finger protein (Plasmodb id: PF3D7_1008600), which plays an important role during the initiation and subsequent progression of gametocytogenesis in P. falciparum. Hence we termed the protein P. falciparum Zinc Finger Protein for Gametocytogenesis (PfZnFP-G). During the asexual intraerythrocyic developmental cycle (IDC), PfZnFP-G levels peak during the schizont stage during which it is localized in the nucleus. During the IDC, PfZnFP-G appears to be stochastically expressed in ~3% parasite population. Deactivation of PfZnFP-G appears to suppress, but not fully inhibit, production of gametocytes and vice versa overproduction of PfZnFP-G stimulates gametocytogenesis. In addition, PfZnFP-G is capable of associating with DNA binding preferentially to intergenic, promoter regions of the genome, and this binding correlates positively with transcription, particularly of other gametocyte specific genes. PfZnFP-G is also expressed in the mid-to-late gametocytes where it is present in the cytoplasm. Overall, these results suggest a dual function of PfZnFP-G in gametocytogenesis including: (i) commitment as a transcription factor and (ii) gametocyte maturation as a putative RNA binding protein. Transgenic 3D7 wild type parasite lines were generated with PfZnFP-G tagged, over-expressed and knocked-out. Transcriptional profiles across the parasite life cycle were generated. Genome occupancy of PfZnFP-G were also investigated and compared to the corresponding transcriptional profiles.
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E-GEOD-75295
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keywords:
functional genomics
dateModified:
11-28-2015
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types:
gene expression
name:
Plasmodium falciparum
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accessURL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/geo/query/acc.cgi?acc=GSE75295
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abbreviation:
EBI
homePage: http://www.ebi.ac.uk/
ID:
SCR:004727
name:
European Bioinformatics Institute
homePage: https://www.ebi.ac.uk/arrayexpress/
ID:
SCR:002964
name:
ArrayExpress

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