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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)
A genome-wide expression analysis was undertaken to identify novel genes specifically activated from early stages of gametocytogenesis in Plasmodium falciparum. A comparative analysis was conducted on sexually induced cultures of reference parasite clone 3D7 and its gametocyteless derivative clone F12. Competitive hybridisations on long-oligomer microarrays(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)
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)
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)
A molecular assay has been developed for the specific detection and genetic characterisation of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes in the blood of malaria infected individuals. The assay is based on the reverse transcription and polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) amplification of the messenger RNA of gene pfg377, a sexual-stage specific transcript abundantly(More)
We report the deduced protein sequence and preliminary characterization of Pfg377, a novel sexual stage antigen of Plasmodium falciparum. An initial cDNA clone (Pfg377-1) encoding the N-terminal 755 amino acids of Pfg377 was isolated by transfecting a 3D7 gametocyte cDNA library into COS7 cells and selecting using a pool of anti-Pfs230 monoclonal(More)
Malaria parasites invade erythrocytes of their host both for asexual multiplication and for differentiation to male and female gametocytes - the precursor cells of Plasmodium gametes. For further development the parasite is dependent on efficient release of the asexual daughter cells and of the gametes from the host erythrocyte. How malarial parasites exit(More)
The gene encoding the gametocyte specific cytoplasmic protein Pfg27/25 of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum has been cloned. The gene encodes a highly hydrophilic non-repetitive protein which does not share obvious homologies with other polypeptides. The stage specificity of Pfg27/25 is controlled at the stage of the production of stable(More)
Some molecular characteristics of Plasmodium falciparum lines which do not produce gametocytes are described. Parasites carrying a subtelomerically deleted chromosome 9 cannot form even the earliest forms of gametocytes, detectable with antibodies against the gametocyte-specific antigen Pfg27. In a parasite culture of clone HB3, in which both intact and(More)