The apicoplast: a review of the derived plastid of apicomplexan parasites.

@article{Waller2005TheAA,
  title={The apicoplast: a review of the derived plastid of apicomplexan parasites.},
  author={Ross Frederick Waller and Geoffrey Ian McFadden},
  journal={Current issues in molecular biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={7 1},
  pages={
          57-79
        }
}
The apicoplast is a plastid organelle, homologous to chloroplasts of plants, that is found in apicomplexan parasites such as the causative agents of Malaria Plasmodium spp. It occurs throughout the Apicomplexa and is an ancient feature of this group acquired by the process of endosymbiosis. Like plant chloroplasts, apicoplasts are semi-autonomous with their own genome and expression machinery. In addition, apicoplasts import numerous proteins encoded by nuclear genes. These nuclear genes… CONTINUE READING

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