The Leishmania parasite is an intracellular pathogen of the immune system targeting macrophages and dendritic cells. The disease Leishmaniasis affects the populations of 88 counties worldwide with symptoms ranging from disfiguring cutaneous and muco-cutaneous lesions that can cause widespread destruction of mucous membranes to visceral disease affecting the haemopoetic organs.
The L. major Friedlin genome is 32.8Mb in size, with a karyotype of 36 chromosomes. The G+C content is approximately 63%. The Pathogen Genomics group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute played a major role in sequencing the genome of Leishmania major (see Ivens et al .). The sequence data were obtained by adopting several parallel approaches, including complete cosmid sequencing, whole chromosome shotguns and/or BAC sequencing/skimming.
Published Genome Data
The Pathogen Genomics group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute played a major role in the genome sequencing of Leishmania major Friedlin, sequencing 24 of the 36 chromosomes. Six of the remaining chromosomes were sequenced by SBRI (Seattle, USA) and the other six by the EULEISH consortium.
The sequence data were obtained by adopting several parallel approaches, including complete cosmid sequencing, whole chromosome shotguns and/or BAC sequencing/skimming.
The L. major Friedlin cosmid library was constructed by Jon Warner using genomic DNA isolated by Deborah Smith. The cLHYG vector was a gift from its creator Steve Beverley. A BAC library has also been made by Peter Myler.
The genome of the kinetoplastid parasite, Leishmania major.
Science (New York, N.Y.) 2005;309;5733;436-42
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