Parasite evolution

Definition

Parasite evolution refers to the heritable genetic changes that a parasite accumulates during its life time, which can arise from adaptations in response to environmental changes or the immune response of the host. Because of their short generation times and large population sizes, parasites can evolve rapidly.

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    • , Thanaporn Hortiwakul
    • , Akina Hino
    • , Teruhisa Tanaka
    • , Miwa Higashiarakawa
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    Unbiased identification of proteins from pathogens that are exposed to a host can provide insight into host–pathogen interaction. Here, the authors use an enzymatic tagging method and mass spectrometry to identify rapidly evolving Nematocida microsporidia proteins when infecting C. elegans.

    • Aaron W. Reinke
    • , Keir M. Balla
    • , Eric J. Bennett
    •  & Emily R. Troemel
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    African apes harbour six Plasmodium species, one of which gave rise to the human malaria parasite. Here, Sundaraman et al. use selective whole-genome amplification to determine genome sequences from two chimpanzee Plasmodium species, shedding light on the evolutionary origin of the human parasite.

    • Sesh A. Sundararaman
    • , Lindsey J. Plenderleith
    • , Weimin Liu
    • , Dorothy E. Loy
    • , Gerald H. Learn
    • , Yingying Li
    • , Katharina S. Shaw
    • , Ahidjo Ayouba
    • , Martine Peeters
    • , Sheri Speede
    • , George M. Shaw
    • , Frederic D. Bushman
    • , Dustin Brisson
    • , Julian C. Rayner
    • , Paul M. Sharp
    •  & Beatrice H. Hahn
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    Trichinellosis is a globally important food-borne disease caused by roundworms of the Trichinella complex. Here the authors present genomic sequences representing all 12 recognized Trichinella species and genotypes, and reconstruct their phylogeny and biogeography.

    • Pasi K. Korhonen
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    • , Giuseppe La Rosa
    • , Bill C. H. Chang
    • , Anson V. Koehler
    • , Eric P. Hoberg
    • , Peter R. Boag
    • , Patrick Tan
    • , Aaron R. Jex
    • , Andreas Hofmann
    • , Paul W. Sternberg
    • , Neil D. Young
    •  & Robin B. Gasser
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    • Thomas J. Templeton
    • , Masahito Asada
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    • , Sohta A. Ishikawa
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    • , Boniface Namangala
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