The Role of the Maurer’s Clefts in Protein Transport in Plasmodium falciparum
Trends in Parasitology
Maurer's clefts (MCs) are membranous structures that are formed by Plasmodium falciparum and used by the parasite for protein sorting and protein export. Virulence proteins, as well as other proteins used to remodel the erythrocyte, are exported. Discontinuity between major membrane compartments within the infected erythrocyte cytoplasm suggests multiple traffic routes for exported proteins. The sequences of the conserved Plasmodium export element seem insufficient for export of all parasite proteins. The parasite displays remarkable versatility in the types of proteins exported to the MCs and in the functions of the proteins within the MCs. In this Review, protein export to the MCs and the role of the MCs in the transport of proteins to the erythrocyte membrane are summarized. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Sam-Yellowe, Tobili Y., "The Role of the Maurer’s Clefts in Protein Transport in Plasmodium falciparum" (2009). Biological, Geological, and Environmental Faculty Publications. 211.