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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987288/relict-plastidic-metabolic-process-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target
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REVIEW
Drista Sharma, Rani Soni, Praveen Rai, Bhaskar Sharma, Tarun Kumar Bhatt
The alignment of the evolutionary history of parasites with that of plants provides a different panorama in the drug development process. The housing of different metabolic processes, essential for parasite survival, adds to the indispensability of the apicoplast. The different pathways responsible for fueling the apicoplast and parasite offer a myriad of proteins responsible for the apicoplast function. The studies emphasizing the target-based approaches might help in the discovery of antimalarials. The different putative drug targets and their roles are highlighted...
October 5, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976181/exploring-the-untapped-biosynthetic-potential-of-apicomplexan-parasites
#2
Jack Ganley, Maria Toro-Moreno, Emily R Derbyshire
Apicomplexan parasites encompass a diverse group of eukaryotic intracellular pathogens that infect various animal hosts to cause disease. Intriguingly, apicomplexans possess a unique organelle of algal origin, the apicoplast, which phylogenetically links these parasites to dinoflagellates and photosynthetic, coral-associated organisms. While production of secondary metabolites in closely-related organisms has been thoroughly examined, it remains widely unexplored in apicomplexans. In this perspective, we discuss previous work toward understanding secondary metabolite building block biosynthesis in apicomplexans and highlight the unexplored enzymology and biosynthetic potential of these parasites in the context of evolution...
October 4, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974215/species-and-genotype-diversity-of-plasmodium-in-malaria-patients-from-gabon-analysed-by-next-generation-sequencing
#3
Albert Lalremruata, Sankarganesh Jeyaraj, Thomas Engleitner, Fanny Joanny, Annika Lang, Sabine Bélard, Ghyslain Mombo-Ngoma, Michael Ramharter, Peter G Kremsner, Benjamin Mordmüller, Jana Held
BACKGROUND: Six Plasmodium species are known to naturally infect humans. Mixed species infections occur regularly but morphological discrimination by microscopy is difficult and multiplicity of infection (MOI) can only be evaluated by molecular methods. This study investigated the complexity of Plasmodium infections in patients treated for microscopically detected non-falciparum or mixed species malaria in Gabon. METHODS: Ultra-deep sequencing of nucleus (18S rRNA), mitochondrion, and apicoplast encoded genes was used to evaluate Plasmodium species diversity and MOI in 46 symptomatic Gabonese patients with microscopically diagnosed non-falciparum or mixed species malaria...
October 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931453/molecular-characterization-and-distribution-of-plasmodium-matutinum-a-common-avian-malaria-parasite
#4
Gediminas Valkiūnas, Mikas Ilgūnas, Dovilė Bukauskaitė, Vaidas Palinauskas, Rasa Bernotienė, Tatjana A Iezhova
Species of Plasmodium (Plasmodiidae, Haemosporida) are widespread and cause malaria, which can be severe in avian hosts. Molecular markers are essential to detect and identify parasites, but still absent for many avian malaria and related haemosporidian species. Here, we provide first molecular characterization of Plasmodium matutinum, a common agent of avian malaria. This parasite was isolated from a naturally infected thrush nightingale Luscinia luscinia (Muscicapidae). Fragments of mitochondrial, apicoplast and nuclear genomes were obtained...
November 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917450/a-novel-class-of-plasmodial-clpp-protease-inhibitors-as-potential-antimalarial-agents
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Sourabh Mundra, Vandana Thakur, Angelica M Bello, Sumit Rathore, Mohd Asad, Lianhu Wei, Jane Yang, Sai Kumar Chakka, Radhakrishnan Mahesh, Pawan Malhotra, Asif Mohmmed, Lakshmi P Kotra
The prokaryotic ATP-dependent ClpP protease, localized in the relict plastid of malaria parasite, represents a potential drug target. In the present study, we utilized in silico structure-based screening and medicinal chemistry approaches to identify a novel pyrimidine series of compounds inhibiting P. falciparum ClpP protease activity and evaluated their antiparasitic activities. Structure-activity relationship indicated that morpholine moiety at C2, an aromatic substitution at N3 and a 4-oxo moiety on the pyrimidine are important for potent inhibition of ClpP enzyme along with antiparasiticidal activity...
September 5, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902970/a-genetic-screen-in-rodent-malaria-parasites-identifies-five-new-apicoplast-putative-membrane-transporters-one-of-which-is-essential-in-human-malaria-parasites
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Claire P Sayers, Vanessa Mollard, Hayley D Buchanan, Geoffrey I McFadden, Christopher D Goodman
The malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium, contains a unique non-photosynthetic plastid known as the apicoplast. The apicoplast is an essential organelle bound by four membranes. Although membrane transporters are attractive drug targets, only two transporters have been characterised in the malaria parasite apicoplast membranes. We selected 27 candidate apicoplast membrane proteins, 20 of which are annotated as putative membrane transporters, and performed a genetic screen in P. berghei to determine blood stage essentiality and subcellular localisation...
September 13, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842355/first-genetic-characterization-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-poultry-meat-intended-for-human-consumption-in-eastern-china
#7
Yang Zou, Lan-Bi Nie, Nian-Zhang Zhang, Feng-Cai Zou, Xing-Quan Zhu, Wei Cong
Toxoplasma gondii can infect nearly all warm-blooded animals including birds. However, limited information on the molecular epidemiology and genotypes of T. gondii infecting poultry is available in China. Therefore, the present study characterized T. gondii genotypes in poultry meat in eastern China. During August 2015 and September 2016, muscle tissue samples collecting from 414 poultries (257 chickens, 115 ducks and 42 geese) in Shandong provinces were used to detect the T. gondii B1 gene by a semi-nested PCR, and the positive samples were genotyped at 10 nuclear loci (i...
August 24, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826494/small-molecule-inhibition-of-apicomplexan-ftsh1-disrupts-plastid-biogenesis-in-human-pathogens
#8
Katherine Amberg-Johnson, Sanjay B Hari, Suresh M Ganesan, Hernan A Lorenzi, Robert T Sauer, Jacquin C Niles, Ellen Yeh
The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum and related apicomplexan pathogens contain an essential plastid organelle, the apicoplast, which is a key anti-parasitic target. Derived from secondary endosymbiosis, the apicoplast depends on novel, but largely cryptic, mechanisms for protein/lipid import and organelle inheritance during parasite replication. These critical biogenesis pathways present untapped opportunities to discover new parasite-specific drug targets. We used an innovative screen to identify actinonin as having a novel mechanism-of-action inhibiting apicoplast biogenesis...
August 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810863/multiple-essential-functions-of-plasmodium-falciparum-actin-1-during-malaria-blood-stage-development
#9
Sujaan Das, Leandro Lemgruber, Chwen L Tay, Jake Baum, Markus Meissner
BACKGROUND: The phylum Apicomplexa includes intracellular parasites causing immense global disease burden, the deadliest of them being the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, which invades and replicates within erythrocytes. The cytoskeletal protein actin is well conserved within apicomplexans but divergent from mammalian actins, and was primarily reported to function during host cell invasion. However, novel invasion mechanisms have been described for several apicomplexans, and specific functions of the acto-myosin system are being reinvestigated...
August 15, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769894/a-historical-overview-of-research-on-babesia-orientalis-a-protozoan-parasite-infecting-water-buffalo
#10
REVIEW
Lan He, Qin Liu, Baoan Yao, Yanqin Zhou, Min Hu, Rui Fang, Junlong Zhao
Babesiosis is a globally important zoonotic disease caused by tick-borne intraerythrocytic protozoan of the genus Babesia (phylum apicomplexa). In China, there are five species that infect cattle buffalo and cause great economic loss, which include Babesia bigemina, B. bovis, B. major, B. ovata, and B. orientalis. Among them, B. orientalis is the most recently identified new Babesia species epidemic in China. This review summarized the work done in the past 33 years to give an overview of what learned about this parasite...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750796/the-n-terminal-extension-of-the-p-falciparum-gbp130-signal-peptide-is-irrelevant-for-signal-sequence-function
#11
Corinna Meyer, Luis Barniol, Jan A Hiss, Jude M Przyborski
The malaria parasite P. falciparum exports a large number of proteins to its host cell, the mature human erythrocyte. Although the function of the majority of these proteins is not well understood, many exported proteins appear to play a role in modification of the erythrocyte following invasion. Protein export to the erythrocyte is a secretory process that begins with entry to the endoplasmic reticulum. For most exported proteins, this step is mediated by hydrophobic signal peptides found towards the N-terminal end of proteins...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695709/-fe-s-cluster-assembly-in-the-apicoplast-and-its-indispensability-in-mosquito-stages-of-the-malaria-parasite
#12
Manish Charan, Hadi Hasan Choudhary, Nidhi Singh, Mohammad Sadik, Mohammad Imran Siddiqi, Satish Mishra, Saman Habib
The relict plastid (apicoplast) of the malaria parasite is the site for important biochemical pathways and is essential for parasite survival. The sulfur mobilization (SUF) pathway of iron-sulfur [Fe-S] cluster assembly in the apicoplast of Plasmodium spp. is of interest due to its absence in the human host suggesting the possibility of antimalarial intervention through apicoplast [Fe-S] biogenesis. We report biochemical characterization of components of the Plasmodium falciparum apicoplast SUF pathway after the first step of SUF...
August 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690382/qsar-based-predictive-modeling-for-anti-malarial-molecules
#13
Deepak R Bharti, Andrew M Lynn
Malaria is a predominant infectious disease, with a global footprint, but especially severe in developing countries in the African subcontinent. In recent years, drug-resistant malaria has become an alarming factor, and hence the requirement of new and improved drugs is more crucial than ever before. One of the promising locations for antimalarial drug target is the apicoplast, as this organelle does not occur in humans. The apicoplast is associated with many unique and essential pathways in many Apicomplexan pathogens, including Plasmodium...
2017: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655825/a-plastid-protein-that-evolved-from-ubiquitin-and-is-required-for-apicoplast-protein-import-in-toxoplasma-gondii
#14
Justin D Fellows, Michael J Cipriano, Swati Agrawal, Boris Striepen
Apicomplexan parasites cause a variety of important infectious diseases, including malaria, toxoplasma encephalitis, and severe diarrhea due to Cryptosporidium Most apicomplexans depend on an organelle called the apicoplast which is derived from a red algal endosymbiont. The apicoplast is essential for the parasite as the compartment of fatty acid, heme, and isoprenoid biosynthesis. The majority of the approximate 500 apicoplast proteins are nucleus encoded and have to be imported across the four membranes that surround the apicoplast...
June 27, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655332/conditional-knock-out-of-lipoic-acid-protein-ligase-1-reveals-redundancy-pathway-for-lipoic-acid-metabolism-in-plasmodium-berghei-malaria-parasite
#15
Min Wang, Qiong Wang, Xiang Gao, Zhong Su
BACKGROUND: Lipoic acid is a cofactor for α-keto acid dehydrogenase system that is involved in the central energy metabolism. In the apicomplexan parasite, Plasmodium, lipoic acid protein ligase 1 (LplA1) and LplA2 catalyse the ligation of acquired lipoic acid to the dehydrogenase complexes in the mitochondrion. The enzymes LipB and LipA mediate lipoic acid synthesis and ligation to the enzymes in the apicoplast. These enzymes in the lipoic acid metabolism machinery have been shown to play important roles in the biology of Plasmodium parasites, but the relationship between the enzymes is not fully elucidated...
June 27, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636461/genice-a-novel-framework-for-gene-network-inference-by-clustering-exhaustive-search-and-multivariate-analysis
#16
Ricardo De Souza Jacomini, David Correa Martins-Jr, Felipe Leno Da Silva, Anna Helena Reali Costa
Gene network (GN) inference from temporal gene expression data is a crucial and challenging problem in systems biology. Expression data sets usually consist of dozens of temporal samples, while networks consist of thousands of genes, thus rendering many inference methods unfeasible in practice. To improve the scalability of GN inference methods, we propose a novel framework called GeNICE, based on probabilistic GNs; the main novelty is the introduction of a clustering procedure to group genes with related expression profiles and to provide an approximate solution with reduced computational complexity...
August 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617870/a-novel-genetic-technique-in-plasmodium-berghei-allows-liver-stage-analysis-of-genes-required-for-mosquito-stage-development-and-demonstrates-that-de-novo-heme-synthesis-is-essential-for-liver-stage-development-in-the-malaria-parasite
#17
Upeksha L Rathnapala, Christopher D Goodman, Geoffrey I McFadden
The combination of drug resistance, lack of an effective vaccine, and ongoing conflict and poverty means that malaria remains a major global health crisis. Understanding metabolic pathways at all parasite life stages is important in prioritising and targeting novel anti-parasitic compounds. The unusual heme synthesis pathway of the rodent malaria parasite, Plasmodium berghei, requires eight enzymes distributed across the mitochondrion, apicoplast and cytoplasm. Deletion of the ferrochelatase (FC) gene, the final enzyme in the pathway, confirms that heme synthesis is not essential in the red blood cell stages of the life cycle but is required to complete oocyst development in mosquitoes...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595540/apicoplast-import-protein-tic20-a-promising-therapeutic-molecular-target-for-plasmodium-falciparum-an-insilico-approach-for-therapeutic-intervention
#18
Pavan C P K Srimath-Tirumala-Peddinti, Sandeep Solmon Kusuma, Deepthi Nammi, Nageswara Rao Reddy Neelapu
Malaria is a lethal disease causing mortality to over millions each year. Drug resistance in the malarial parasite encouraged to discover effective antimalarial drug targets and drugs. An objective of this current study is to identify drug targets for malarial parasite. Genes unique, non-homologous to humans and essential for parasite are identified using BLASTn by comparing genomes between parasite and host. Further open BLASTp was used to filter the targets specific to Plasmodium species and later were subjected to gene property analysis to identify 65 potential targets...
June 5, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593938/myosin-dependent-cell-cell-communication-controls-synchronicity-of-division-in-acute-and-chronic-stages-of-toxoplasma-gondii
#19
Karine Frénal, Damien Jacot, Pierre-Mehdi Hammoudi, Arnault Graindorge, Bohumil Maco, Dominique Soldati-Favre
The obligate intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii possesses a repertoire of 11 myosins. Three class XIV motors participate in motility, invasion and egress, whereas the class XXII myosin F is implicated in organelle positioning and inheritance of the apicoplast. Here we provide evidence that TgUNC acts as a chaperone dedicated to the folding, assembly and function of all Toxoplasma myosins. The conditional ablation of TgUNC recapitulates the phenome of the known myosins and uncovers two functions in parasite basal complex constriction and synchronized division within the parasitophorous vacuole...
June 8, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462015/membrane-and-luminal-proteins-reach-the-apicoplast-by-different-trafficking-pathways-in-the-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum
#20
Rahul Chaudhari, Vishakha Dey, Aishwarya Narayan, Shobhona Sharma, Swati Patankar
The secretory pathway in Plasmodium falciparum has evolved to transport proteins to the host cell membrane and to an endosymbiotic organelle, the apicoplast. The latter can occur via the ER or the ER-Golgi route. Here, we study these three routes using proteins Erythrocyte Membrane Protein-1 (PfEMP1), Acyl Carrier Protein (ACP) and glutathione peroxidase-like thioredoxin peroxidase (PfTPxGl) and inhibitors of vesicular transport. As expected, the G protein-dependent vesicular fusion inhibitor AlF4(-) and microtubule destabilizing drug vinblastine block the trafficking of PfEMP-1, a protein secreted to the host cell membrane...
2017: PeerJ
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