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Title: New frontiers in Schistosoma genomics and transcriptomics
Authors: Alves, Laila
Mourão, Marina de Moraes
Oliveira, Guilherme Corrêa de
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou. Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia em Doenças Tropicais. Grupo de Genômica e Biologia Computacional. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil/Fundação Oswaldo Cruz . Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou. Centro de Excelência em Bioinformática. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil/Faculdade Infórium de Tecnologia. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou. Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia em Doenças Tropicais. Grupo de Genômica e Biologia Computacional. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou. Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia em Doenças Tropicais. Grupo de Genômica e Biologia Computacional. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil/Fundação Oswaldo Cruz . Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou. Centro de Excelência em Bioinformática. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Abstract: Schistosomes are digenean blood flukes of aves and mammals comprising 23 species. Some species are causative agents of human schistosomiasis, the second major neglected disease affecting over 230 million people worldwide. Modern technologies including the sequencing and characterization of nucleic acids and proteins have allowed large-scale analyses of parasites and hosts, opening new frontiers in biological research with potential biomedical and biotechnological applications. Nuclear genomes of the three most socioeconomically important species (S. haematobium, S. japonicum, and S. mansoni) have been sequenced and are under intense investigation. Mitochondrial genomes of six Schistosoma species have also been completely sequenced and analysed from an evolutionary perspective. Furthermore, DNA barcoding of mitochondrial sequences is used for biodiversity assessment of schistosomes. Despite the efforts in the characterization of Schistosoma genomes and transcriptomes, many questions regarding the biology and evolution of this important taxon remain unanswered. This paper aims to discuss some advances in the schistosome research with emphasis on genomics and transcriptomics. It also aims to discuss the main challenges of the current research and to point out some future directions in schistosome studies.
Keywords: Schistosoma mansoni
schistosomiasis
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Citation: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
DOI: 10.1155/2012/849132
ISSN: 1432-1955
Copyright: open access
Appears in Collections:MG - IRR - Artigos de Periódicos




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