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Characterization of Eimeria tenella Unsporulated Oocyst-Specific cDNA Clones
R. G. Herbert, J. J. Pasternak and M. A. Fernando
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 78, No. 6 (Dec., 1992), pp. 1011-1018
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3283222
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A cDNA library was constructed with poly(A)+ RNA from unsporulated oocysts of Eimeria tenella in pUC18. After screening, 4 cDNA clones that hybridized to RNA of unsporulated and sporulating oocysts but not to RNA of either sporulated oocysts or second generation merozoites were isolated and characterized. Each of the cDNA clones is unique. The loci for 2 of the clones are on E. tenella chromosome 7, the site of the third is located on chromosome 6 and the last clone hybridizes, for the most part, to chromosome 5 but also to other E. tenella chromosomes. The cognate RNAs for each of the cDNA clones show differential patterns of hybridization during oocyst sporulation with the levels of RNA being low at the start of sporulation (0 hr), increasing to peak levels between 6.5 and 23 hr after the onset of sporulation and, in each case, decreasing to low hybridization levels at 48 hr after initiation of sporulation. These results establish that specific mRNA levels are differentially regulated during sporulation.
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