Data set of metabolic pathways for the malaria parasite based on the present knowledge of parasite biochemistry and on pathways known to occur in other unicellular eukaryotes. This site extracted the pertinent information from the universal sites and presented them in an educative and informative format. The site also includes, cell-cell interactions (cytoadherence and rosetting), invasion of the erythrocyte by the parasite and transport functions. It also contains an artistic impression of the ultrastructural morphology of the interaerythrocytic cycle stages and some details about the morphology of mitochondria and the apicoplast.
Most pathways are relevant to the erythrocytic phase of the parasite cycle. All maps were checked for the presence of enzyme-coding genes as they are officially annotated in the Plasmodium genome (http://plasmodb.org/).
The site is constructed in a hierarchical pattern that permits logical deepening:
* Grouped pathways of major chemical components or biological process
** Specific pathways or specific process
*** Chemical structures of substrates and products or process
**** Names of enzymes and their genes or components of process
Each map is linked to other maps thus enabling to verify the origin of a substrate or the fate of a product. Clicking on the EC number that appears next to each enzyme, connects the site to BRENDA, SWISSPROT ExPASy ENZYME, PlasmoDB and to IUBMB reaction scheme. Clicking of the name of a metabolite, connects the site to KEGG thus providing its chemical structure and formula. Next to each enzyme there is a pie that depicts the stage-dependent transcription of the enzyme's coding gene. The pie is constructed as a clock of the 48 hours of the parasite cycle, where red signifies over-transcription and green, under-transcription. Clicking on the pie links to the DeRisi/UCSF transcriptome database.
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