Molecular characteristics and physiology of microsporidia.

  title={Molecular characteristics and physiology of microsporidia.},
  author={Guy M{\'e}t{\'e}nier and Christian P. Vivar{\'e}s},
  journal={Microbes and infection},
  volume={3 5},
A survey of the molecular features of microsporidia is presented which attempts to comment on unresolved questions concerning the physiology of these amitochondrial intracellular parasites. Various transports of host-derived molecules can be predicted and trehalose appears as a potential reserve of glucose for energy metabolism. Significant insights into membrane lipids, polyamine metabolism and sporogony-specific proteins have been gained. Some species, such as Encephalitozoon cuniculi, are… CONTINUE READING


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