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Noncoding RNA, antigenic variation, and the virulence genes of Plasmodium falciparum

Authors
Journal
BMC Biology
1741-7007
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Volume
9
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/1741-7007-9-50
Keywords
  • Commentary
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) are being increasingly recognized as important regulators of gene expression. A recent paper in Genome Biology reports the identification of a lncRNA family in Plasmodium falciparum, the cause of the most deadly form of malaria, that may help to explain the mechanism of antigenic variation in virulence genes of this important pathogen. See Research article: http://genomebiology.com/2011/12/6/R56/abstract

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