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Sequestration and metabolism of host cell arginine by the intraerythrocytic malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum

Cobbold, Simon; Llinas, Manuel; Kirk, Kiaran


Human erythrocytes have an active nitric oxide synthase, which converts arginine into citrulline and nitric oxide (NO). NO serves several important functions, including the maintenance of normal erythrocyte deformability, thereby ensuring efficient passage of the red blood cell through narrow microcapillaries. Here, we show that following invasion by the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum the arginine pool in the host erythrocyte compartment is sequestered and metabolized by the parasite....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Cellular Microbiology
DOI: 10.1111/cmi.12552


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