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Cell Mol Life Sci. 2011 Apr;68(8):1285-96. doi: 10.1007/s00018-011-0646-1. Epub 2011 Mar 5.

The apicomplexan plastid and its evolution.

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  • 1Division of Parasitology, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, UK. ssato@nimr.mrc.ac.uk

Abstract

Protistan species belonging to the phylum Apicomplexa have a non-photosynthetic secondary plastid-the apicoplast. Although its tiny genome and even the entire nuclear genome has been sequenced for several organisms bearing the organelle, the reason for its existence remains largely obscure. Some of the functions of the apicoplast, including housekeeping ones, are significantly different from those of other plastids, possibly due to the organelle's unique symbiotic origin.

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