Unconventional endosome-like compartment and retromer complex in Toxoplasma gondii govern parasite integrity and host infection

Nat Commun. 2016 Apr 11;7:11191. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11191.
PMID: 27064065

Membrane trafficking pathways play critical roles in Apicomplexa, a phylum of protozoan parasites that cause life-threatening diseases worldwide. Here we report the first retromer-trafficking interactome in Toxoplasma gondii. This retromer complex includes a trimer Vps35–Vps26–Vps29 core complex that serves as a hub for the endosome-like compartment and parasite-specific proteins. Conditional ablation of TgVps35 reveals that the retromer complex is crucial for the biogenesis of secretory organelles and for maintaining parasite morphology. We identify TgHP12 as a parasite-specific and retromer-associated protein with functions unrelated to secretory organelle formation. Furthermore, the major facilitator superfamily homologue named TgHP03, which is a multiple spanning and ligand transmembrane transporter, is maintained at the parasite membrane by retromer-mediated endocytic recycling. Thus, our findings highlight that both evolu

Sangaré LO, Alayi TD, Westermann B, Hovasse A, Sindikubwabo F, Callebaut I, Werkmeister E, Lafont F, Slomianny C, Hakimi MA, Van Dorsselaer A, Schaeffer-Reiss C, Tomavo S.tionarily conserved and unconventional proteins act in concert in T. gondii by controlling retrograde transport that is essential for parasite integrity and host infection.

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