Malaria pp 99-125 | Cite as

Transfection of Rodent Malaria Parasites

  • Nisha Philip
  • Rachael Orr
  • Andrew P. WatersEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 923)


Gene manipulation is an invaluable tool to investigate and understand the biology of an organism. Although this technology has been applied to both the human and rodent malarial parasites (RMP), Plasmodium berghei in particular offers a more robust system due to a higher and more efficient transformation rate. Here, we describe a comprehensive transfection and selection protocol using P. berghei including a variant negative selection protocol administering 5-fluorocytosine to the animals in drinking water. Additionally, we discuss and assess the latest advances in gene manipulation technologies developed in RMP to gain a better understanding of Plasmodium biology.

Key words

Plasmodium berghei Transfection Reverse genetics Forward genetics Episomes Selectable markers Promoter swap Artificial chromosome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Infection and Immunity Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre, Faculty of Biomedical Life Sciences and Wellcome Trust Center for Molecular ParasitologyUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Division of Infection and Immunity Faculty of Biomedical Life Sciences and Wellcome TrustCenter for Molecular Parasitology Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre University of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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