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Toxoplasma gondii Tic20 is essential for apicoplast protein import

van Dooren, Giel; Tomova, Cveta; Agrawal, Swati; Humbel, Bruno M.; Striepen, Boris


Apicomplexan parasites harbor a secondary plastid that has lost the ability to photosynthesize yet is essential for the parasite to multiply and cause disease. Bioinformatic analyses predict that 5-10% of all proteins encoded in the parasite genome function within this organelle. However, the mechanisms and molecules that mediate import of such large numbers of cargo proteins across the four membranes surrounding the plastid remain elusive. In this work, we identify a highly diverged member of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0803862105


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