Abdullah A. B. Bokhari

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Development of malaria parasites within vertebrate erythrocytes requires nutrient uptake at the host cell membrane. The plasmodial surface anion channel (PSAC) mediates this transport and is an antimalarial target, but its molecular basis is unknown. We report a parasite gene family responsible for PSAC activity. We used high-throughput screening for(More)
The plasmodial surface anion channel (PSAC) is an unusual small-conductance ion channel induced on erythrocytes infected with plasmodia, including parasites responsible for human malaria. Although broadly available inhibitors produce microscopic clearance of parasite cultures at high concentrations and suggest that PSAC is an antimalarial target, they have(More)
Reduced clearance of amyloid(A ) from brain partly underlies increased A brain accumulation in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The mechanistic basis for this pathology is unknown, but recent evidence suggests a neurovascular component in AD etiology. We show here that the ATP-driven pump, P-glycoprotein, specifically mediates efflux transport of A from mouse(More)
The plasmodial surface anion channel (PSAC) is a voltage-dependent ion channel on erythrocytes infected with malaria parasites. To fulfill its presumed function in parasite nutrient acquisition, PSAC is permeant to a broad range of charged and uncharged solutes; it nevertheless excludes Na+ as required to maintain erythrocyte osmotic stability in plasma.(More)
Human erythrocytes infected with the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum have increased permeabilities to many solutes. The plasmodial surface anion channel (PSAC) may mediate these changes. Despite good understanding of the biochemical and biophysical properties, the genetic basis of PSAC activity remains unknown. Functional polymorphisms in laboratory(More)
Malaria parasites grow within vertebrate erythrocytes and increase host cell permeability to access nutrients from plasma. This increase is mediated by the plasmodial surface anion channel (PSAC), an unusual ion channel linked to the conserved clag gene family. Although PSAC recognizes and transports a broad range of uncharged and charged solutes, it must(More)
Malaria parasites increase their host erythrocyte's permeability to a broad range of ions and organic solutes. The plasmodial surface anion channel (PSAC) mediates this uptake and is an established drug target. Development of therapies targeting this channel is limited by several problems including interactions between known inhibitors and permeating(More)
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