Loa loa (Eye worm, Cameroon SouthWest Province isolate) (Loa_loa_V3)

NOTE: The genome sequence and annotation represented here correspond with the original publication of the genome (Desjardins et al, 2013). For the latest L. loa data, including alternative genome assemblies, please visit WormBase ParaSite.

About Loa loa

Loa loa, the African eye worm, is a parasitic nematode and the causative agent of subcutaneous filariasis in human. Unlike B.malayi it does not contain obligate Wolbachia endosymbionts. Its life cycle contains an insect stage in a Chrysops host where it develops into an infectious larvae stage. Its geographic distribution is mainly Africa and India.

Picture credit: Dr Graham Beards Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons (Image source)

Taxonomy ID 7209

Data source Broad Institute

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Genome assembly: Loa_loa_V3

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Gene annotation

What can I find? Protein-coding and non-coding genes, splice variants, cDNA and protein sequences, non-coding RNAs.

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Comparative genomics

What can I find? Homologues, gene trees, and whole genome alignments across multiple species.

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Phylogenetic overview of gene families

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This species currently has no variation database. However you can process your own variants using the Variant Effect Predictor:

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Other data

Various protein and cDNA sequences have been aligned to the L. loa genome and can be viewed on the genome browser:

  • Complete protein sets from human (UniProtKB), D. melanogaster (FlyBase), S. cerevisae (SGD), and selected other nematodes (WormBase)
  • All other reviewed protein sequences from UniProtKB
  • ESTs and mRNAs from other nematodes in WormBase