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Parasites causing toxoplasmosis or malaria are able to rapidly multiply

    01/12/2021   À  12h

Understanding the mechanisms allowing the coordination of division in these parasites is therefore essential find new ways to disrupt their life cycle. The team led by Dr Mathieu Gissot, CIIL, published an article in Nature Communications where they identified a protein that coordinates division and dictates the right time to produce the daughter parasites. In the absence of this protein, the parasite is no longer able to multiply. This study will help understand how these parasites were able to evolve flexible division modes allowing them to proliferate in a large number of organisms.  It also shows that this protein is a master regulator of these parasites cell cycle, opening the way to discover new therapeutic venues. For more details : HERE