Location, location, location

Trafficking and function of secreted proteases of toxoplasma and plasmodium

Emily M. Binder, Kami Kim

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Abstract

The Apicomplexan parasites Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium species are obligate intracellular parasites that rely upon unique secretory organelles for invasion and other specialized functions. Data is emerging that proteases are critical for the biogenesis of micronemes and rhoptries, regulated secretory organelles reminiscent of dense core granules and secretory lysosomes of higher eukaryotes. Proteases targeted to the Plasmodium food vacuole, a unique organelle dedicated to hemoglobin degradation, are also critical to parasite survival. Thus study of the targeting and function of the proteases of the Apicomplexa provides a fascinating model system to understand regulated secretion and secretory organelle biogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)914-924
Number of pages11
JournalTraffic
Volume5
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004

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Plasmodium
Toxoplasma
Organelles
Parasites
Peptide Hydrolases
Apicomplexa
Secretory Vesicles
Organelle Biogenesis
Vacuoles
Lysosomes
Eukaryota
Hemoglobins
Food
Degradation

Keywords

  • Dense granule
  • Falcipain
  • Invasion
  • Lysosome
  • Microneme
  • Plasmepsin
  • Rhoptry
  • Secretion
  • Subtilase
  • Toxopain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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Location, location, location : Trafficking and function of secreted proteases of toxoplasma and plasmodium. / Binder, Emily M.; Kim, Kami.

In: Traffic, Vol. 5, No. 12, 12.2004, p. 914-924.

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