Structural insights into host cell adhesion by Toxoplasma gondii MIC4

Ben Cowper
Toxoplasma gondii is a highly pervasive protozoan parasite, capable of infecting almost all mammals, including humans. Infection can have fatal consequences for immuno-suppressed individuals, whilst transmission to a developing fetus can induce a spontaneous abortion in pregnant females. T. gondii is perceived to be a model organism in the study of its phylum, Apicomplexa, which includes the Plasmodium species which cause malaria. Apicomplexans are obligate intracellular parasites, in which a strong host cell attachment is...
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