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Defining the Essential Exportome of the Malaria Parasite.

Jonsdottir TK, Gabriela M, Crabb BS, F de Koning-Ward T, Gilson PR
Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia.


To survive inside red blood cells (RBCs), malaria parasites export many proteins to alter their host cell’s physiological properties. Although most proteins of this exportome are involved in immune avoidance or in the trafficking of exported proteins to the host membrane, about 20% are essential for parasite survival in culture but little is known about their biological functions. Here, we have combined information from large-scale genetic screens and targeted gene-disruption studies to tabulate all currently known Plasmodium falciparum exported proteins according to their likelihood of being essential. We also discuss the essential functional pathways that exported proteins might be involved in to help direct research efforts towards a more comprehensive understanding of host-cell remodelling.

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  • Journal: Trends in Parasitology
  • Published: 10/05/2021
  • Volume: 37
  • Issue: 7
  • Pagination: 664-675