Novel secretory pathways in Plasmodium?

Parasitol Today. 1999 Jun;15(6):235-7. doi: 10.1016/s0169-4758(99)01450-7.


The secretion of proteins from intraerythrocytic stages of Plasmodium falciparum into the infected host cell is still poorly understood. A recent proposal that two distinct, mutually exclusive, secretory compartments may exist within the parasite cell has received much attention. Denise Mattei, Gary Ward, Gordon Langsley and Klaus Lingelbach here critically discuss the data on which this model is based, and then they address a more general question: to what extent are unusual aspects of protein secretion in Plasmodium unique among eukaryotic cells?

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Erythrocytes / parasitology*
  • Plasmodium / metabolism*
  • Protozoan Proteins / metabolism*


  • Protozoan Proteins