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An exported protein of plasmodium falciparum is synthesized as an integral membrane protein

: Günther, K.; Tümmler, M.; Ridley, R.; Goman, M.; Scaife, J.G.; Arnold, H.-H.; Lingelbach, K.


Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 46 (1991), Nr.1, S.149-157
ISSN: 0166-6851
Fraunhofer ITA ( ITEM) ()
antigene; malaria; membrane protein; parasite; plasmodium falciparum; protein

Exp-1 is an antigen of Plasmodium falciparum which is transported from the parasite cell to the membrane of the parasitophorous vacuole and to membranous compartments in the erythrocyte. To investigate how this protein is transported, we studied the synthesis and membrane translocation of exp-1 in a cell-free system. The protein was translocated into canine pancreatic microsomes. Its N-terminal half was thus protected from proteinase K digestion, suggesting that exp-1 is an integral membrane protein with its N-terminus facing the lumen of the microsomes. This conclusion has been confirmed in vivo. In parasitized erythrocytes exp-1 is membrane-associated and resistant to extraction with alkali, as would be expected for an integral membrane protein. Moreover, using segment-specific monoclonal antibodies, we have shown that here again the N-terminus of exp-1 faces the inside of vesicles, inaccessible to proteases, whereas the C-terminus is degraded. We conclude that exp-1 is an integral m embrane protein and infer that it is transported by vesicles from the parasite to a compartment in the host cell cytoplasm.