The organelles of apicomplexan parasites
Part 2. Genomics
2.5. Bacteria and Other Pathogens
Short Specialist Review
Published Online: 15 APR 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics
How to Cite
Ajioka, J. W., Brooke-Powell, E. T. and Wan, K.-L. 2005. The organelles of apicomplexan parasites. Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics.
- Published Online: 15 APR 2005
The apicomplexa are a highly diverse phylum of parasitic protists that are descended from a secondary endosymbiosis of a photosynthetic algae and single eukaryotic cell. Throughout the evolution of the phylum, most species have maintained a single mitochondrion and a plastid-like organelle called the apicoplast. The genomes associated with these organelles are vastly reduced compared to counterparts in other eukaryotic lineages and this probably reflects a concomitant reduction in function.
- DNA sequence;
- life cycle