The apicoplast: now you see it, now you don't.

@article{McFadden2017TheAN,
  title={The apicoplast: now you see it, now you don't.},
  author={Geoffrey Ian McFadden and Ellen Yeh},
  journal={International journal for parasitology},
  year={2017},
  volume={47 2-3},
  pages={
          137-144
        }
}
Parasites such as Plasmodium and Toxoplasma possess a vestigial plastid homologous to the chloroplasts of algae and plants. The plastid (known as the apicoplast; for apicomplexan plastid) is non-photosynthetic and very much reduced, but has clear endosymbiotic ancestry including a circular genome that encodes RNAs and proteins and a suite of bacterial biosynthetic pathways. Here we review the initial discovery of the apicoplast, and recount the major new insights into apicoplast origin… CONTINUE READING

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