Cellular architecture of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes.

  title={Cellular architecture of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes.},
  author={Eric Hanssen and Paul J. McMillan and Leann Tilley},
  journal={International journal for parasitology},
  volume={40 10},
Plasmodium falciparum is a protozoan parasite that is responsible for the most pathogenic form of human malaria. The particular virulence of this parasite derives from its ability to develop within the erythrocytes of its host and to subvert their function. The intraerythrocytic parasite devours haemoglobin, and remodels its host cell to cause adhesion to blood vessel walls. Ultrastructural studies of P. falciparum have played a major role in defining its cell architecture and in resolving cell… CONTINUE READING