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The parasitophorous vacuole of Encephalitozoon cuniculi: Biogenesis and characteristics of the host cell-pathogen interface.
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PMID:  21550847     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Microsporidia are obligate intracellular fungal pathogens of increasing importance in immunocompromised patients. They have developed a unique invasion mechanism, which is based on the explosive discharge of a hollow tubulus, the so-called polar tube. The infectious sporoplasm is subsequently extruded through this flexible tube and injected into the host cell. The model microsporidium Encephalitozoon cuniculi is a paradigm of a fungus with an extreme host cell dependency. This human pathogen possesses one of the smallest eukaryotic genomes (<3MB) identified so far and has reduced its own biosynthetic pathways to a minimum, thus depending on an efficient supply of metabolites from the host cell. E. cuniculi spends its entire intracellular life cycle inside a parasitophorous vacuole (PV), which is formed during invasion. We have provided here an overview of the biogenesis and characteristics of this important host cell-pathogen interface and suggest in this context a modified model for E. cuniculi invasion. According to the model, the host cell plasma membrane is not pierced by the polar tube, but is pushed at the contact site into the cell interior by the mechanical force of the expelled polar tube. This results in a channel-like invagination of the plasma membrane, from which finally the parasitophorous vacuole is pinched-off.
Wolfgang Bohne; Karin Böttcher; Uwe Groß
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of medical microbiology : IJMM     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1618-0607     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-5-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100898849     Medline TA:  Int J Med Microbiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
Institute of Medical Microbiology, University of Göttingen, Kreuzbergring 57, Göttingen D-37075; Germany.
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