Title

Further characterization of a 58 kDa Plasmodium berghei phosphoprotein as a cochaperone

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2-1996

Journal

Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology

Volume

83

Issue

1

DOI

10.1016/S0166-6851(96)02743-0

Keywords

chaperone; cochaperone; heat shock protein; Plasmodium berghei; steroid hormone receptor; tandem repeats

Abstract

Molecular chaperones are important for proper protein folding during protein biogenesis. This report describes a protein from Plasmodium berghei which is 30% identical and 40% similar to a recently described mammalian cochaperone, or heat shock protein 70 interacting protein. The P. berghei cochaperone accumulates throughout the trophozoite stage and decreases during the schizont stage. The stage specific expression is consistent with its presumed role in protein folding or protein-protein interactions. The largest difference between the Plasmodium and mammalian sequences is a more extensive domain of imperfect glycine-glycine-methionine-proline (GGMP) tandem repeats in the parasite's cochaperone sequence. Immunofluorescence studies show that the protein is an abundant cytosolic protein of the parasite. However, antibodies raised against the GGMP repeat domain, which is also found in other parasite chaperones, react with both the parasite and host erythrocyte membrane. The reactivity with the host membrane suggests that the parasite exports molecular chaperones into the infected erythrocyte.

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