Strategies to dissect parasite proteomes

Burgess, K.E.V. and Burchmore, R.J.S. (2012) Strategies to dissect parasite proteomes. Parasitology, 139(9), pp. 1119-1130. (doi:10.1017/S0031182011002368)

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Abstract

Proteomes are complex and dynamic entities that are still poorly understood, but the application of proteomic technologies has become invaluable in many areas of biology, including parasitology. These technologies can be exploited to identify proteins in both complex or relatively simple samples, that formerly could only be characterized by targeted approaches such as Western blotting. Quantitative proteomic approaches can reveal modulations in protein expression that accompany phenotypes of interest. Proteomic approaches have been exploited to understand some of the molecular basis for host:parasite interactions and to elucidate phenotypes such as virulence, antigenicity and drug resistance. Many of the same technologies can also be more easily applied to targeted sub-proteomes.

Examples from several studies on pathogen proteomes and sub-proteomes, from bacteria to helminths, are presented to illustrate the potential and limitations of proteomic technologies.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burchmore, Dr Richard and Burgess, Dr Karl
Authors: Burgess, K.E.V., and Burchmore, R.J.S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Parasitology
ISSN:0031-1820
Published Online:20 February 2012

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