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The Toxoplasma Apicoplast Phosphate Translocator Links Cytosolic and Apicoplast Metabolism and Is Essential for Parasite Survival

Brooks, Carrie F; Johnsen, Hanne; van Dooren, Giel; Muthalagi, Mani; Lin, San San; Bohne, Wolfgang; Fischer, Karsten; Striepen, Boris


Apicomplexa are unicellular eukaryotic pathogens that carry a vestigial algal endosymbiont, the apicoplast. The physiological function of the apicoplast and its integration into parasite metabolism remain poorly understood and at times controversial. We establish that the Toxoplasma apicoplast membrane-localized phosphate translocator (TgAPT) is an essential metabolic link between the endosymbiont and the parasite cytoplasm. TgAPT is required for fatty acid synthesis in the apicoplast, but this...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Cell Host and Microbe
DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2009.12.002


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