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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. 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
    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. Cell Biology

    Tryparedoxin peroxidase-deficiency commits trypanosomes to ferroptosis-type cell death

    Marta Bogacz, R Luise Krauth-Siegel
    Ferroptosis is an evolutionary ancient process that is counterbalanced by distant peroxidases, GPx4 in mammals and tryparedoxin peroxidases in trypanosomes, and can be induced at distinct subcellular membranes depending on the individual cell type.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The age of Homo naledi and associated sediments in the Rising Star Cave, South Africa

    Paul HGM Dirks et al.
    Independent dating techniques have established that the H. naledi fossils are between 236 and 335 thousand years old, indicating that small-brained hominins with relatively primitive body shapes co-existed with our early ancestors in Africa.
    1. Cell Biology

    Sphingomyelin metabolism controls the shape and function of the Golgi cisternae

    Felix Campelo et al.
    Association of curvature generating proteins to the Golgi membranes by sphingomyelin metabolism essentially controls the flatness of a Golgi cisterna that is necessary for efficient sorting and export.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Trypanosomiasis: Skin deep

    Aitor Casas-Sánchez, Álvaro Acosta-Serrano
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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.

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