Parasite physiology

Parasite physiology is the scientific discipline concerned with the study of the mechanisms and processes that enable parasites to grow and reproduce.

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  • Research Highlights |

    Two recent studies provide new insights into the architecture, molecular mechanisms and function of the Plasmodium translocon of exported proteins (PTEX) complex and the core PTEX protein EXP2.

    • Ashley York
  • News and Views |

    Plasmodium parasites possess a unique PEXEL sorting pathway to deliver secretory proteins into the host cells in which they reside. A new study shows the existence of independent sorting/entry complexes to detect and deliver PEXEL proteins into the parasite endoplasmic reticulum.

    • Martin R. Pool
    •  & Ilaria Russo
    Nature Microbiology 3, 969-970
  • News and Views |

    What evolutionary strategies are used by parasites to flourish for long periods within their mammalian hosts? These are questions that have been addressed by Pinger et al. in a recent study that identifies variable O-glycosylation as a novel immune-evasion mechanism employed by African trypanosomes.

    • Mark Carrington
    •  & Matthew K. Higgins
    Nature Microbiology 3, 856-857
  • News and Views |

    A study of blood-feeding female sand flies has shown how successive blood meals amplify Leishmania infections in the vector’s gut and enhance transmission of the tropical disease leishmaniasis.

    • Paul A. Bates
    Nature Microbiology 3, 529-530