Hemoglobin Degradation

  • D. E. Goldberg
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 295)


Hemoglobin degradation by Plasmodium is a massive catabolic process within the parasite food vacuole that is important for the organism’s survival in its host erythrocyte. A proteolytic pathway is responsible for generating amino acids from hemoglobin. Each of the enzymes involved has its own peculiarities to be exploited for development of antimalarial agents that will starve the parasite or result in build-up of toxic intermediates. There are a number of unanswered questions concerning the cell biology, biochemistry and metabolic roles of this crucial pathway.


Plasmodium Falciparum Cysteine Protease Aspartic Protease Food Vacuole Generate Amino Acid 
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  • D. E. Goldberg
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  1. 1.Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Departments of Medicine and Molecular MicrobiologyWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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