PF3D7_0716600 cysteine desulfurase

Immunofluorescence localisation of PfSufS and PfSufE. (A) Immunofluorescence assay of P. falciparum 3D7 cells using anti-PfSufS Ab with anti-PfHU Ab as apicoplast marker (panel i) or Mitotracker Red (panel ii) indicates targeting of PfSufS to the apicoplast. (B) Co-localisation of PfSufE and apicoplast-targeted GFP observed in the P. falciparum D10 ACPleader-GFP cell line using anti-PfSufE and anti-GFP antibodies (panel i). No overlap of PfSufE signal was observed with Mitotracker Red in P. falciparum 3D7 cells (panel ii) indicating apicoplast localization of PfSufE. PfSufS co-localised with PfHU, an apicoplast DNA condensation protein and no overlapping signals for PfSufS were seen with the mitochondrial marker Mitotracker Red in P. falciparum 3D7 cells (A). PfSufE was localised in the P. falciparum D10-ACPleader-GFP line that targets GFP to the apicoplast. Specific PfSufE signals overlapping with apicoplast-targeted GFP were observed and no overlap of PfSufE signal was seen with Mitotracker Red (B). The localisation of PfSufS and PfSufE exclusively to the apicoplast was thus confirmed.

Charan M, Singh N, Kumar B, Srivastava K, Siddiqi MI, Habib S. Sulphur mobilisation for [Fe-S] cluster assembly by the essential SUF pathway in the Plasmodium falciparum apicoplast and its inhibition. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2014 Apr 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Other associated proteins

PFID Formal Annotation
PF3D7_0206100 cysteine desulfuration protein SufE
PF3D7_0904700 bacterial histone-like protein