Chromatin modifications, epigenetics, and how protozoan parasites regulate their lives

Matthew M. Croken, Sheila C. Nardelli, Kami Kim

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Abstract

Chromatin structure plays a vital role in epigenetic regulation of protozoan parasite gene expression. Epigenetic gene regulation impacts upon parasite virulence, differentiation and cell-cycle control. Recent work in many laboratories has elucidated the functions of proteins that regulate parasite gene expression by chemical modification of constituent nucleosomes. A major focus of investigation has been the characterization of post-translational modifications (PTMs) of histones and the identification of the enzymes responsible. Despite conserved features and specificity common to all eukaryotes, parasite enzymes involved in chromatin modification have unique functions that regulate unique aspects of parasite biology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-213
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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