Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_3963

This is the abbreviation for the inner membrane complex of the so-called  pellicle of  apicomplexan asexual motile stages such as sporozoites,  merozoites,  tachyzoites,  bradyzoites, and  cystozoites, which consists of two adjacent membranes (formed by flattened ER lacunes) and attached species-specific numbers of  subpellicular microtubules. The IMC of gametocytes and that of all types of zoites contains several distinct proteins: alveolins, multitransmembrane proteins,  glideosome-associated proteins 45 and 50, myosin A, and myosin-A-tail interacting protein.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany