PF3D7_0923600 lipoate-protein ligase 2

Localisation of LplA2-GFP was analysed by localising a C-terminally GFP-tagged protein in P. falciparum erythrocytic stages. Expression of the GFP-tagged protein in P. falciparum 3D7 was analysed by fluorescence light microscopy. The parasites were costained with MitotrackerTM Ros (Molecular Probes) to assess whether LplA2-GFP colocalises with the parasite’s mitochondrion. In panel 1 LplA2 is clearly colocalising with the mitochondrion. However, as is obvious from panel 2 LplA2-GFP localised also to an organelle close to the mitochondrion but clearly distinct from it. In panel 3 LplA2-GFP colocalises with the mitochondrion but also is present in a second organelle closely associated with the mitochondrion. Scale bars: 5 mm.

Günther S, Wallace L, Patzewitz EM, McMillan PJ, Storm J, Wrenger C, Bissett R, Smith TK, Müller S. Apicoplast lipoic acid protein ligase B is not essential for Plasmodium falciparum. PLoS Pathog. 2007 Dec;3(12):e189