Jude M Przyborski

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The human malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum exports proteins to destinations within its host erythrocyte, including cytosol, surface and membranous profiles of parasite origin termed Maurer's clefts. Although several of these exported proteins are determinants of pathology and virulence, the mechanisms and trafficking signals underpinning protein(More)
Phototrophic chromalveolates possess plastids surrounded by either 3 or 4 membranes, revealing their secondary endosymbiotic origin from an engulfed eukaryotic alga. In cryptophytes, a member of the chromalveolates, the organelle is embedded within a designated region of the host's rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER). Its eukaryotic compartments other than(More)
Many apicomplexan parasites, including Plasmodium falciparum, harbor a so-called apicoplast, a complex plastid of red algal origin which was gained by a secondary endosymbiotic event. The exact molecular mechanisms directing the transport of nuclear-encoded proteins to the apicoplast of P. falciparum are not well understood. Recently, in silico analyses(More)
Malaria, caused by the apicomplexan parasite Plasmodium, still represents a major threat to human health and welfare and leads to about one million human deaths annually. Plasmodium is a rapidly multiplying unicellular organism undergoing a complex developmental cycle in man and mosquito - a life style that requires rapid adaptation to various environments.(More)
Plasmodium falciparum is predicted to transport over 300 proteins to the cytosol of its chosen host cell, the mature human erythrocyte, including 19 members of the Hsp40 family. Here, we have generated transfectant lines expressing GFP- or HA-Strep-tagged versions of these proteins, and used these to investigate both localization and other properties of(More)
Malaria parasites modify their host cell, the mature human erythrocyte. We are interested in the molecules mediating these processes, and have recently described a family of parasite-encoded heat shock proteins (PfHsp40s) that are targeted to the host cell, and implicated in host cell modification. Hsp40s generally function as co-chaperones of members of(More)
Plasmodium falciparum, similar to many other apicomplexan parasites, contains an apicoplast, a plastid organelle of secondary endosymbiotic origin. Nuclear-encoded proteins are targeted to the apicoplast by a bipartite topogenic signal consisting of (i) an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-type N-terminal secretory signal peptide, followed by (ii) a plant-like(More)
The human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum resides and multiplies within a membrane-bound vacuole in the cytosol of its host cell, the mature human erythrocyte. To enable the parasite to complete its intraerythrocytic life cycle, a large number of parasite proteins are synthesized and transported from the parasite to the infected cell. To gain access(More)
Plasmodium falciparum traffics a large number of proteins to its host cell, the mature human erythrocyte. How exactly these proteins gain access to the red blood cell is poorly understood. Here we have investigated the effect of protein folding on the transport of model substrate proteins to the host cell. We find that proteins must pass into the(More)
During intra-erythrocytic development, the human malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum extensively remodels its adopted cellular home by exporting proteins beyond the confines of its own plasma membrane, but is, however, faced with a major problem: the lack of an endogenous protein trafficking machinery within the host erythrocyte. Thus, in order to(More)