Journal article

PRIMARY STRUCTURE AND EXPRESSION OF THE DIHYDROPTEROATE SYNTHETASE GENE OF PLASMODIUM-FALCIPARUM

T TRIGLIA, AF COWMAN

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | NATL ACAD SCIENCES | Published : 1994

Abstract

The enzyme dihydropteroate synthetase (DHPS) from Plasmodium falciparum is involved in the mechanism of action of the sulfone/sulfonamide group of drugs. We describe the cloning and sequencing of the gene encoding the P. falciparum DHPS enzyme and show that it is a bifunctional enzyme that includes dihydro-6-hydroxymethylpterin pyrophosphokinase (PPPK) at the N terminus of DHPS. The gene encodes a putative protein of 83 kDa that contains two domains that are homologous with the DHPS and PPPK enzymes of other organisms. The PPPK-DHPS gene is encoded on chromosome 8 and has two introns. An antibody raised to the PPPK region of the protein was found to recognize a 68-kDa protein that is express..

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