Journal article

Structure of thePlasmodium falciparumPfSERA5pseudo-zymogen

Nicholas A Smith, Oliver B Clarke, Mihwa Lee, Anthony N Hodder, Brian J Smith

PROTEIN SCIENCE | WILEY | Published : 2020


PfSERA5, a significantly abundant protein present within the parasitophorous vacuole (PV) and essential for normal growth during the blood-stage life cycle of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, displays structural similarity to many other cysteine proteases. However, PfSERA5 does not exhibit any detectable protease activity and therefore the role of the PfSERA5 papain-like domain (PfSERA5E), thought to remain bound to its cognate prodomain, remains unknown. In this study, we present a revised structure of the central PfSERA5E domain at a resolution of 1.2 Å, and the first structure of the "zymogen" of this papain-like domain including its cognate prodomain (PfSERA5PE) to 2.2 Å resol..

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