Cellular and molecular interactions between the apicomplexan parasites Plasmodium and Theileria and their host cells

Heussler, Volker; Stanway, R R (2008). Cellular and molecular interactions between the apicomplexan parasites Plasmodium and Theileria and their host cells. Parasite, 15(3), pp. 211-218. Princeps Editions

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Apicomplexan parasites of the genera Theileria and Plasmodium have complicated life cycles including infection of a vertebrate intermediate host and an arthropod definitive host. As the Plasmodium parasite progresses through its life cycle, it enters a number of different cell types, both in its mammalian and mosquito hosts. The fate of these cells varies greatly, as do the parasite and host molecules involved in parasite-host interactions. In mammals, Plasmodium parasites infect hepatocytes and erythrocytes whereas Theileria infects ruminant leukocytes and erythrocytes. Survival of Plasmodium-infected hepatocytes and Theileria-infected leukocytes depends on parasite-mediated inhibition of host cell apoptosis but only Theileria-infected cells exhibit a fully transformed phenotype. As the development of both parasites progresses towards the merozoite stage, the parasites no longer promote the survival of the host cell and the infected cell is finally destroyed to release merozoites. In this review we describe similarities and differences of parasite-host cell interactions in Plasmodium-infected hepatocytes and Theileria-infected leukocytes and compare the observed phenotypes to other parasite stages interacting with host cells.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Cell Biology > Malaria
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Cell Biology

UniBE Contributor:

Heussler, Volker

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology

ISSN:

1776-1042

Publisher:

Princeps Editions

Language:

English

Submitter:

Volker Heussler

Date Deposited:

06 Jul 2016 11:10

Last Modified:

06 Jul 2016 11:10

PubMed ID:

18814683

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/84069

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