Send to

Choose Destination
Curr Opin Microbiol. 2009 Aug;12(4):408-14. doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2009.06.008. Epub 2009 Jul 3.

Mechanisms controlling glideosome function in apicomplexans.

Author information

Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine, CMU, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.


The glideosome is a unique attribute of the Apicomplexa phylum. This myosin-based machine powers parasite motility, migration across biological barriers, host cell invasion and egress from infected cells. The timing, duration and orientation of gliding motility are tightly regulated to assure establishment of infection. Control of glideosome function occurs at several levels. The assembly of the molecular motor complex is governed by posttranslational modifications resulting from a calcium-dependent signalling cascade. The spatially controlled polymerization of actin filaments crucially impacts motility. The relocation of glycolytic enzymes in close proximity of the glideosome may enhance the local production of energy to sustain movement.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center