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Apicomplexan parasite adhesins: novel strategies for targeting host cell carbohydrates.
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PMID:  20843678     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Apicomplexan parasites such as Plasmodium spp. (malaria) and Toxoplasma gondii (toxoplasmosis) are significant global pathogens of humans and animals. Unlike many intracellular bacterial and viral pathogens that rely on host cell uptake machinery to gain entry, apicomplexan parasites promote recognition, attachment and ultimately invasion of host cells through an orchestrated delivery of adhesins. While several of these adhesins are now known to target host cell glycans, only recently have atomic level insights been forthcoming. Here we review recent developments in defining detailed molecular blueprints used by these widespread pathogens to drive host cell adhesion and promote infectivity.
Martin J Boulanger; Michelle L Tonkin; Joanna Crawford
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-09-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in structural biology     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1879-033X     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9107784     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Struct Biol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  551-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Crown Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria, PO Box 3055, STN CSC, Victoria, BC, Canada.
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MOP82915//Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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