PF3D7_0715000 4-nitrophenylphosphatase

The open reading frame of the plasmodial PNPase was cloned in front of the GFP gene of the expression vector pARL1a− and subsequently transfected into P. falciparum. Developmental blood stages of the parasites were analysed by fluorescent light microscopy using an Axioskop 2 plus microscope. (I) Ring stage (multiple infection); (II) ring stage (single infection); (III) young trophozoite; (IV) old trophozoite. Live, P. falciparum live image; Hoechst, staining of the parasite’s nucleus; GFP, image taken using the GFP channel; Merge, merge of all images. The obtained fluorescent staining evidently proves the cytosolic appearance of the PfPNPase.

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