Journal article

Trafficking and assembly of the cytoadherence complex in Plasmodium falciparum-infected human erythrocytes

ME Wickham, M Rug, SA Ralph, N Klonis, GI McFadden, L Tilley, AF Cowman

EMBO JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2001


After invading human erythrocytes, the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum, initiates a remarkable process of secreting proteins into the surrounding erythrocyte cytoplasm and plasma membrane. One of these exported proteins, the knob-associated histidine-rich protein (KAHRP), is essential for microvascular sequestration, a strategy whereby infected red cells adhere via knob structures to capillary walls and thus avoid being eliminated by the spleen. This cytoadherence is an important factor in many of the deaths caused by malaria. Green fluorescent protein fusions and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching were used to follow the pathway of KAHRP deployment from the parasite endomemb..

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