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Microbes Infect. 2010 Apr;12(4):253-62. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2009.12.010. Epub 2010 Jan 18.

Apicoplast: keep it or leave it.

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

Abstract

Most Apicomplexans possess a relic plastid named apicoplast, originating from secondary endosymbiosis of a red algae. This non-photosynthetic organelle fulfils important metabolic functions and confers sensitivity to antibiotics. The tasks of this organelle is compared across the phylum of Apicomplexa, highlighting its role in metabolic adaptation to different intracellular niches.

PMID:
20083219
DOI:
10.1016/j.micinf.2009.12.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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