This study describes a novel assay for characterizing the activity of anti-malarial drugs against the later stages of P. falciparum gametocyte development using qPCR in genetically unmodified parasites.
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Through redox proteomics, we detected differences in carbonylated membrane proteins among the different blood groups, both in Plasmodium-infected and uninfected erythrocytes (RBC).
Here we attempt to identify the utility of each assay and provide rational frameworks by which to compare the impacts recorded by the diverse methodologies.
Protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation (catalysed by kinases and phosphatases, respectively) are post-translational modifications that play key roles in many eukaryotic signalling pathways, and are often deregulated in a number of pathological conditions in humans.
Signalling through post-translational modification (PTM) of proteins is a process central to cell homeostasis, development and responses to external stimuli.
In this article, we present a comprehensive evolutionary analysis of IMC components, which exemplifies the adaptive nature of the IMCs' protein composition.
Here, we obtained the near-complete apicoplast genome sequences from eight Plasmodium species that infect a wide variety of vertebrate hosts and performed structural and phylogenetic analyses.
Using complementary palmitoyl protein purification approaches and quantitative mass spectrometry, we examined protein palmitoylation in asexual-stage P. falciparum parasites and identified over 400 palmitoylated proteins, including those involved in cytoadherence, drug resistance, signaling, development, and invasion.
As the frequencies of mosquito insecticide resistance and parasite drug resistance continue to rise, alternative strategies to curb the emergence and spread of malaria are urgently needed.