Identification of a family of Rab G-proteins in Plasmodium falciparum and a detailed characterisation of pfrab6

Mol Biochem Parasitol. 1996 Sep;80(1):77-88. doi: 10.1016/0166-6851(96)02670-9.


As a first step towards developing a set of compartment-specific probes for studying protein trafficking in the malaria-infected erythrocyte, we describe here a family of Plasmodium falciparum Rab proteins. We characterise in detail P. falciparum Rab6 (PfRab6) a marker which in other cells is specific for the Golgi/trans Golgi network. Although PfRab6 mRNA is expressed throughout the intraerythrocytic cycle, maximal expression occurs at the trophozoite stage. Immunofluorescence microscopy shows that the distribution of PfRab6 changes during the final stages of parasite maturation, coalescing into multiple foci, each of which is associated with the nucleus of a forming daughter parasite.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Carrier Proteins / analysis*
  • Carrier Proteins / chemistry
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics*
  • Cell Nucleus / chemistry
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Complementary / genetics
  • Erythrocytes / parasitology
  • Gene Expression
  • Genes, Protozoan*
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Plasmodium falciparum / chemistry
  • Plasmodium falciparum / genetics*
  • Plasmodium falciparum / growth & development
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Protozoan Proteins / analysis
  • Protozoan Proteins / chemistry
  • Protozoan Proteins / genetics
  • rab GTP-Binding Proteins*
  • ras Proteins / analysis*
  • ras Proteins / chemistry
  • ras Proteins / genetics*


  • Carrier Proteins
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Protozoan Proteins
  • Rab6 protein
  • rab GTP-Binding Proteins
  • ras Proteins

Associated data

  • GENBANK/X92977
  • SWISSPROT/P17608
  • SWISSPROT/P20340
  • SWISSPROT/P34213
  • SWISSPROT/X92977