Volume 84 Issue 40 | p. 90 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 2, 2006

Malaria parasite protein is driven by sodium ions

Department: Science & Technology

The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum has been discovered to alter the sodium ion concentration of cells it infects as a means to help it steal nutrients, according to a study led by Kiaran Kirk and Stefan Bröer of Australian National University, Canberra (Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature05149). It had been known that P. falciparum increases Na+ concentration inside red blood cells of its host, but the reason for the increase was a biochemical mystery. The . . .

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