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Mol Biochem Parasitol. 1992 May;52(1):15-27.

Stage-specific expression of aldolase isoenzymes in the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei.

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Department of PRT, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd., Basel, Switzerland.

Abstract

We have cloned two gene (aldo-1 and aldo-2) encoding the glycolytic enzyme aldolase of the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei. The amino acid sequence of one gene product, ALDO-1, is virtually identical to P. falciparum aldolase whereas ALDO-2, the second gene product, is different and has 13% sequence diversity to ALDO-1. We expressed ALDO-2 as an active enzyme in Escherichia coli and compared the biochemical and kinetic properties to that of P. falciparum recombinant aldolase (ALDO-1 type). Based on the Km and Vmax constants for FMP and FBP, neither ALDO-1 nor ALDO-2 can be clearly assigned to any of the known mammalian isoenzyme classes. We demonstrate that expression of the two isoenzymes is developmentally regulated: specific antibody probes detect ALDO-1 in sporozoite stages of P. berghei and ALDO-2 is found in blood stage parasites.

PMID:
1625704
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