An Overview of Plasmodium Protein Kinases

Parasitol Today. 1999 Nov;15(11):449-54. doi: 10.1016/s0169-4758(99)01527-6.


Protein kinases are key regulators of many biochemical processes in eukaryotic cells. Malaria parasites, in spite of all their peculiarities, are not likely to represent an exception in this respect. Over the past few years, several genes encoding Plasmodium protein kinases have been cloned and characterized; these molecular studies extend previous data on kinase activities in parasite extracts. Here, Barbara Kappes, Christian Doerig and Ralph Graeser present available data on this topic, with an emphasis on cloned protein kinase genes, and discuss the potential outcome of such research in the context of drug development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase / chemistry
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase / genetics
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase / physiology
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases / chemistry
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases / genetics
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases / physiology
  • Casein Kinases
  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases / chemistry
  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases / genetics
  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases / physiology
  • Malaria, Falciparum / enzymology
  • Malaria, Falciparum / genetics
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinases / chemistry
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinases / genetics
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinases / physiology
  • Plasmodium falciparum / enzymology*
  • Plasmodium falciparum / genetics
  • Protein Kinases / chemistry
  • Protein Kinases / genetics*
  • Protein Kinases / physiology


  • Protein Kinases
  • Casein Kinases
  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases
  • CDC2 Protein Kinase
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinases