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The proliferating cell hypothesis: a metabolic framework for Plasmodium growth and development

Salcedo, Enrique, Caamno-Gutierrez, Eva, Ward, Steve ORCID: and Biagini, Giancarlo ORCID: (2014) 'The proliferating cell hypothesis: a metabolic framework for Plasmodium growth and development'. Trends in Parasitology, Vol 30, Issue 4, pp. 170-175.

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We hypothesise that intraerythrocytic malaria parasite metabolism is not merely fulfilling the need for ATP generation, but is evolved to support rapid proliferation, similar to that seen in other rapidly proliferating cells such as cancer cells. Deregulated glycolytic activity coupled with impaired mitochondrial metabolism is a metabolic strategy to generate glycolytic intermediates essential for rapid biomass generation for schizogony. Further, we discuss the possibility that Plasmodium metabolism is not only a functional consequence of the ‘hard-wired’ genome and argue that metabolism may also have a causal role in triggering the cascade of events that leads to developmental stage transitions. This hypothesis offers a framework to rationalise the observations of aerobic glycolysis, atypical mitochondrial metabolism, and metabolic switching in nonproliferating stages.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QU Biochemistry > Cells and Genetics > QU 375 Cell physiology
QU Biochemistry > Genetics > QU 500 Genetic phenomena
QX Parasitology > Protozoa > QX 135 Plasmodia
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 750 Malaria
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
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Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2015 09:42
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2020 10:59


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