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The cDNA encoding Pfmap-2, an enzyme of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, was cloned, sequenced, and expressed in Escherichia coli. The open reading frame carried by the Pfmap-2 cDNA encodes a 508-amino acid polypeptide of 59.2 kDa with maximal homology to mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) from various organisms. The purified(More)
Malaria symptoms occur during Plasmodium falciparum development into red blood cells. During this process, the parasites make substantial modifications to the host cell in order to facilitate nutrient uptake and aid in parasite metabolism. One significant alteration that is required for parasite development is the establishment of an anion channel, as part(More)
We have cloned Pfnek-1, a gene encoding a novel protein kinase from the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. This enzyme displays maximal homology to the never-in-mitosis/Aspergillus (NIMA)/NIMA-like kinase (Nek) family of protein kinases, whose members are involved in eukaryotic cell division processes. Similar to other P. falciparum protein(More)
Blood-stage malaria parasites in the vertebrate host can develop either into the asexual, multiplying forms, called schizonts, or into gametocytes, the sexual stages of the parasite. In the present work we studied the differentiation into asexual parasites or gametocytes of the progeny of single, isolated schizonts of the clone 3D7A of Plasmodium(More)
The asexual blood stages of Plasmodium falciparum cause the most lethal form of human malaria. During growth within an infected red blood cell, parasite multiplication and formation of invasive merozoites is called schizogony. Here, we present a detailed analysis of the phosphoproteome of P. falciparum schizonts revealing 2541 unique phosphorylation(More)
Two members of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family have been previously characterized in Plasmodium falciparum, but in vitro attempts at identifying MAP kinase kinase (MAPKK) homologues have failed. Here we report the characterization of a novel plasmodial protein kinase, PfPK7, whose top scores in blastp analysis belong to the MAPKK3/6(More)
The molecular mechanisms regulating cell proliferation and development during the life cycle of malaria parasites remain to be elucidated. The peculiarities of the cell cycle organization during Plasmodium falciparum schizogony suggest that the modalities of cell cycle control in this organism may differ from those in other eukaryotes. Indeed, existing data(More)
Commitment to the production of female and male gametocytes was studied in the NF54 line of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. The development of sibling parasites derived from individual schizonts was followed, and 2 antisera against the female gametocyte-specific protein Pfg377 and the male gametocyte-specific protein alpha-tubulin II were(More)
Little is known about the structure of malaria parasite gene promoters and how their activity is regulated during parasite development. We here report results of a functional study of the genomic flanking regions of the Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte-specific gene pfg27, whose promoter is inactive in asexual parasites and is specifically switched on at(More)
We used contour-clamped homogeneous electric field (CHEF) gel electrophoresis and Southern blot hybridization to analyze the molecular karyotype of Cryptosporidium parvum and establish the chromosomal location of 12 single copy genes. In agreement with previous studies, the molecular karyotype of C. parvum was found to consist of partially co-migrating(More)