Membrane trafficking and remodeling at the host-parasite interface

Curr Opin Microbiol. 2017 Dec;40:145-151. doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2017.11.013. Epub 2017 Nov 22.


Membrane shape is functionally linked with many cellular processes. The limiting membrane of vacuoles containing Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium apicomplexan parasites lies at the host-parasite interface. This membrane comprises intra-vacuolar and extra-vacuolar tubulo-vesicular deformations, which influence host-parasite cross-talk. Here, underscoring specificities and similarities between the T. gondii and Plasmodium contexts, we present recent findings about vacuolar membrane remodeling and its potential roles in parasite fitness and immune recognition. We review in particular the implication of tubulo-vesicular structures in trapping and/or transporting host and parasite components. Understanding how membrane remodeling influences host-pathogen interactions is expected to be critical in the battle against many intracellular pathogens beyond parasites.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Host-Parasite Interactions*
  • Humans
  • Malaria / parasitology*
  • Malaria / physiopathology*
  • Plasmodium / genetics
  • Plasmodium / physiology*
  • Protozoan Proteins / genetics
  • Protozoan Proteins / metabolism
  • Toxoplasma / genetics
  • Toxoplasma / physiology*
  • Toxoplasmosis / parasitology*
  • Toxoplasmosis / physiopathology
  • Vacuoles / parasitology*


  • Protozoan Proteins