Journal article

Co-option of Plasmodium falciparum PP1 for egress from host erythrocytes.

Aditya S Paul, Alexandra Miliu, Joao A Paulo, Jonathan M Goldberg, Arianna M Bonilla, Laurence Berry, Marie Seveno, Catherine Braun-Breton, Aziz L Kosber, Brendan Elsworth, Jose SN Arriola, Maryse Lebrun, Steven P Gygi, Mauld H Lamarque, Manoj T Duraisingh

Nature Communications | Nature Research | Published : 2020


Asexual proliferation of the Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria follows a developmental program that alternates non-canonical intraerythrocytic replication with dissemination to new host cells. We carried out a functional analysis of the Plasmodium falciparum homolog of Protein Phosphatase 1 (PfPP1), a universally conserved cell cycle factor in eukaryotes, to investigate regulation of parasite proliferation. PfPP1 is indeed required for efficient replication, but is absolutely essential for egress of parasites from host red blood cells. By phosphoproteomic and chemical-genetic analysis, we isolate two functional targets of PfPP1 for egress: a HECT E3 protein-ubiquitin ligase; and GCα, a..

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