Application of single cell transcriptomics to kinetoplastid research

Briggs, E. M., Warren, F. S.L., Matthews, K. R., McCulloch, R. and Otto, T. D. (2021) Application of single cell transcriptomics to kinetoplastid research. Parasitology, 148(10), pp. 1223-1236. (doi: 10.1017/S003118202100041X) (PMID:33678213) (PMCID:PMC8311972)

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Kinetoplastid parasites are responsible for both human and animal diseases across the globe where they have a great impact on health and economic well-being. Many species and life cycle stages are difficult to study due to limitations in isolation and culture, as well as to their existence as heterogeneous populations in hosts and vectors. Single-cell transcriptomics (scRNA-seq) has the capacity to overcome many of these difficulties, and can be leveraged to disentangle heterogeneous populations, highlight genes crucial for propagation through the life cycle, and enable detailed analysis of host–parasite interactions. Here, we provide a review of studies that have applied scRNA-seq to protozoan parasites so far. In addition, we provide an overview of sample preparation and technology choice considerations when planning scRNA-seq experiments, as well as challenges faced when analysing the large amounts of data generated. Finally, we highlight areas of kinetoplastid research that could benefit from scRNA-seq technologies.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Warren, Mr Felix and Briggs, Miss Emma and Otto, Professor Thomas and McCulloch, Professor Richard
Authors: Briggs, E. M., Warren, F. S.L., Matthews, K. R., McCulloch, R., and Otto, T. D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:Parasitology
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1469-8161
Published Online:08 March 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Parasitology 148(10):1223-1236
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
170547The Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology ( Core Support )Andrew WatersWellcome Trust (WELLCOTR)104111/Z/14/ZRIII - Parasitology
173173How do common and diverged features of the replicative stress response shape the biology of TriTrypRichard McCullochBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/N016165/1III - Parasitology
304005MRC Precision Medicine Training GrantMorven BarlassMedical Research Council (MRC)MR/N013166/1-LGH/MS/MED25CAMS - Cardiovascular Science