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Last update: 13/08/2022

  • 13/08/2022

    Model for cAMP and Ca2+ mediated signaling pathways that regulate microneme secretion cAMP as a key regulator that triggers the timely secretion of microneme proteins enabling receptor-engagement and invasion. We demonstrate that exposure of merozoites to a low K+ environment, typical of blood plasma, activates a bicarbonate-sensitive cyto
  • 05/08/2022

    lncRNAs operate by different mechanisms rotozoan parasites encode diverse ncRNA transcripts; however, little is known about their cellular functions. Recent advances in high-throughput "omic" studies identified many novel long ncRNAs (lncRNAs) in apicomplexan parasites, some of which undergo sp
  • 05/08/2022

    Interactions between erythrocyte cytoskeletal and exported P. falciparum proteins. We used a biochemical screening approach to identify putative exported P. falciparum proteins that bound to inside-out vesicles prepared from erythrocytes. Out of 69 P. falciparum PEXEL-motif proteins tested, 18 bound to inside-out vesicles (IOVs) in two
  • 19/07/2022

    Characteristics of known and putative P. falciparum transport proteins manual curation of information from various sources led to the identification of 197 known and putative transporter genes, representing almost 4% of all parasite genes, a proportion that is comparable to well-studied metazoan species. This transporter lis
  • 29/06/2022

    Fast- and slow-acting antimalarials against cultured P. falciparum strains An incisive comprehensive analysis of the fast and slow-acting profile of antimalarial agents relating to parasite time-kill kinetics and the target organelle on the progression of blood-stage parasites was carried out. It is evident from numerous finding
  • 26/06/2022

    RhopH synthesis and trafficking. RhopH is synthesized as a soluble complex of CLAG3, RhopH2, and RhopH3 with 1:1:1 stoichiometry. After transfer to a new host cell, the complex crosses a vacuolar membrane surrounding the intracellular parasite and becomes integral to the erythrocyte memb
  • 20/06/2022

    Proteins released by P. falciparum gametocytes upon induction Plasmodium sexual stage maturation in the mosquito, including egress from the host erythrocyte, is one of the prime targets for transmission-blocking interventions. This work aims to identify candidate molecules potentially involved in gamete emergence
  • 19/06/2022

    Predicted potential drug targets using the PMH plus metabolic network We employed machine learning approach to predict suitable drug targets in P. falciparum. Five of the predicted protein targets were considered as potential drug targets as they were non-homologous to their human counterparts. Out of these, we determined t
  • 15/06/2022

    RhopH synthesis and trafficking RhopH is synthesized as a soluble complex of CLAG3, RhopH2, and RhopH3 with 1:1:1 stoichiometry. After transfer to a new host cell, the complex crosses a vacuolar membrane surrounding the intracellular parasite and becomes integral to the erythrocyte memb
  • 02/06/2022

    Eryptosis in Plasmodium infection Eryptosis is a programmed cell death-like process that occurs in red blood cells. Although the red blood cells are anucleated, there are similarities between eryptosis and apoptosis, such as increased calcium efflux, calpain activation, phosphatidylserine