Role of transposable elements in trypanosomatids

Frédéric Bringaud, Elodie Ghedin, Najib M A El-Sayed, Barbara Papadopoulou

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Transposable elements constitute 2-5% of the genome content in trypanosomatid parasites. Some of them are involved in critical cellular functions, such as the regulation of gene expression in Leishmania spp. In this review, we highlight the remarkable role extinct transposable elements can play as the source of potential new functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-581
Number of pages7
JournalMicrobes and Infection
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 2008


  • Cellular function
  • Domestication
  • Evolution
  • Gene expression
  • Leishmania
  • Regulation of mRNA stability
  • Retroposon
  • Transposable element
  • Trypanosoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases


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