Identification of an endoplasmic reticulum-resident calcium-binding protein with multiple EF-hand motifs in asexual stages of Plasmodium falciparum.
N La Greca, AR Hibbs, C Riffkin, M Foley, L Tilley
Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology | Published : 1997
An endoplasmic reticulum-located, calcium-binding protein, with an apparent molecular weight (Mr) of approximately 40,000 (PfERC), has been identified in the asexual stages of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. This protein appears to be equivalent to a previously described gametocyte protein, Pfs40, which was reported to be expressed on the gametocyte surface (Rawlings DJ, Kaslow DC. J Biol Chem 1992;267:3976-3982). Sequencing of the 3' end of the gene revealed the omission of a single base in the 3' region of the published sequence. The corrected gene sequence encodes a C-terminal IDEL motif, which indicates residency of the 40 kDa protein within the endoplasmic reticulum. The pr..View full abstract