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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Expression site attenuation mechanistically links antigenic variation and development in Trypanosoma brucei

    Christopher Batram et al.
    The VSG gene controls its monoallelic expression, and expression site activity determines developmental progression.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Modes of flagellar assembly in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Trypanosoma brucei

    Johanna L Höög et al.
    Comparative electron tomography of growing flagellar tips reveals that axonemal growth differs between short and long flagella, and between species.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    APOL1 renal risk variants have contrasting resistance and susceptibility associations with African trypanosomiasis

    Anneli Cooper et al.
    Common kidney disease risk variants in African populations are associated with reduced susceptibility to deadly African trypanosomes.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Independent evolution of functionally exchangeable mitochondrial outer membrane import complexes

    Daniela G Vitali et al.
    The convergent evolution of yeast Mim1/2 and trypanosomal pATOM36 enable the first demonstration of reciprocal functional rescue of two evolutionary unrelated mitochondrial biogenesis complexes belonging to two different eukaryotic supergroups.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Hypothemycin, a fungal natural product, identifies therapeutic targets in Trypanosoma brucei

    Mari Nishino et al.
    Hypothemycin, which inhibits a number of protein kinases, kills the T. brucei parasites that cause sleeping sickness and reveals new therapeutic targets for the disorder.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Trypanosomiasis: Skin deep

    Aitor Casas-Sánchez, Álvaro Acosta-Serrano
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Convergent Evolution: Shaping the import system of mitochondria

    Kostas Tokatlidis
    Evidence is accumulating that unrelated species have independently evolved the same way of importing proteins in their mitochondria.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Gene Variation: The double-edged sword of evolution

    Etty Kruzel-Davila, Karl Skorecki
    Two gene variants provide different levels of protection against sleeping sickness, but this comes with an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Basalin is an evolutionarily unconstrained protein revealed via a conserved role in flagellum basal plate function

    Samuel Dean et al.
    Basalins are intrinsically disordered proteins with astonishingly high-sequence divergence that are essential for building the transition zone basal plate and for proper central pair nucleation.