Title: An integrated platform for genome engineering and gene expression perturbation in Plasmodium falciparum.
Authors: Nasamu, Armiyaw S; Falla, Alejandra; Pasaje, Charisse Flerida A; Wall, Bridget A; Wagner, Jeffrey C; Ganesan, Suresh M; Goldfless, Stephen J; Niles, Jacquin C
Published In Sci Rep, (2021 Jan 11)
Abstract: Establishing robust genome engineering methods in the malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, has the potential to substantially improve the efficiency with which we gain understanding of this pathogen's biology to propel treatment and elimination efforts. Methods for manipulating gene expression and engineering the P. falciparum genome have been validated. However, a significant barrier to fully leveraging these advances is the difficulty associated with assembling the extremely high AT content DNA constructs required for modifying the P. falciparum genome. These are frequently unstable in commonly-used circular plasmids. We address this bottleneck by devising a DNA assembly framework leveraging the improved reliability with which large AT-rich regions can be efficiently manipulated in linear plasmids. This framework integrates several key functional genetics outcomes via CRISPR/Cas9 and other methods from a common, validated framework. Overall, this molecular toolkit enables P. falciparum genetics broadly and facilitates deeper interrogation of parasite genes involved in diverse biological processes.
PubMed ID: 33431920
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