Thursday, December 16, 2010

Post-genomics resources and tools for studying apicomplexan metabolism

Trends Parasitol. 2010 Dec 8. [Epub ahead of print]

Post-genomics resources and tools for studying apicomplexan metabolism

Hung SS, Parkinson J.

Program in Molecular Structure and Function, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The phylum Apicomplexa comprises over 5000 species of obligate intracellular parasites, many responsible for diseases that significantly impact human health and economics. To aid drug development programs, global sequencing initiatives are generating increasing numbers of apicomplexan genomes. The challenge is how best to exploit these resources to identify effective therapeutic targets. Because of its important role in growth and maintenance, much interest has centred on metabolism. However, in the absence of detailed biochemical data, reconstructing the metabolic potential from a fully sequenced genome remains problematic. In this review current resources and tools facilitating the metabolic reconstruction for apicomplexans are examined. Furthermore, how these datasets can be utilized to explore the metabolic capabilities of apicomplexans are discussed and targets for therapeutic intervention are prioritized.

Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
PMID: 21145790 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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