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Plasmodium falciparum GFP-E-NTPDase expression at the intraerythrocytic stages and its inhibition blocks the development of the human malaria parasite

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Borges-Pereira, Lucas ; Meissner, Kamila Anna ; Wrenger, Carsten ; Garcia, Celia R. S.
Total Authors: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: PURINERGIC SIGNALLING; v. 13, n. 3, p. 267-277, SEP 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 2

Plasmodium falciparum is the causative agent of the most dangerous form of malaria in humans. It has been reported that the P. falciparum genome encodes for a single ecto-nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase (E-NTPDase), an enzyme that hydrolyzes extracellular tri- and di-phosphate nucleotides. The E-NTPDases are known for participating in invasion and as a virulence factor in many pathogenic protozoa. Despite its presence in the parasite genome, currently, no information exists about the activity of this predicted protein. Here, we show for the first time that P. falciparum E-NTPDase is relevant for parasite lifecycle as inhibition of this enzyme impairs the development of P. falciparum within red blood cells (RBCs). ATPase activity could be detected in rings, trophozoites, and schizonts, as well as qRT-PCR, confirming that E-NTPDase is expressed throughout the intraerythrocytic cycle. In addition, transfection of a construct which expresses approximately the first 500 bp of an E-NTPDase-GFP chimera shows that E-NTPDase co-localizes with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in the early stages and with the digestive vacuole (DV) in the late stages of P. falciparum intraerythrocytic cycle. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/12807-3 - Analysis of the redox status and its effect on the proliferation of Plasmodium falciparum in genetically different erythrocytes
Grantee:Kamila Anna Meissner
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 11/51295-5 - Functional genomics in Plasmodium
Grantee:Célia Regina da Silva Garcia
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 15/26722-8 - Drug discovery against human infectious diseases
Grantee:Carsten Wrenger
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/10288-1 - Analysis of the organelle biogenesis in Plasmodium falciparum by live cell imaging
Grantee:Carsten Wrenger
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 10/51593-3 - Heterologous expression and biochemical characterization of apyrase from the parasite Plasmodium falciparum
Grantee:Lucas Borges Pereira
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)