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  • n. A relict, non-photosynthetic plastid found in most of the Apicomplexa, proposed to have evolved via secondary endosymbiosis and surrounded by four membranes within the outermost part of the endomembrane system.


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  • "It's actually thought that the malaria parasite incorporated an algal cell early on, and that the thing we call the apicoplast is the remnant of the algal cell," says

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  • Joseph DeRisi of the University of California, San Francisco became interested in an organelle inside the malaria parasites' cells known as an apicoplast.

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  • "Even if our results cannot be confirmed in a field trial, the apicoplast is a promising target for future medication," explains Dr. Johannes - latest science and technology news stories

  • The apicoplast is a relict chloroplast found in most apicomplexan parasites, and the enzymes it contains are of high interest as drugs targets for several diseases caused by these pathogens.

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  • No one was completely sure what the apicoplast did.

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  • Normally, without an apicoplast, the parasites would just die.

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  • But since the medication blocking the apicoplast does not prevent the sporozoites from reproducing in the liver cell, the immune system is exposed to the full antigen load of a natural infection. - latest science and technology news stories

  • The antibiotics administered target the apicoplast of the parasites. - latest science and technology news stories

  • Sequences with similarity to signal peptides have been found in proteins trafficked to the parasite organelles (e.g. dense granules, apicoplast, mitochondria) as well as secreted out of the parasite.

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  • The known organelle proteins in the mitochondria, apicoplast, and micronemes were removed from the list.

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