Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn


  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4911-1

The addition of fatty acid moieties such as myristate and palmitate is essential for the growth and pertaining of infectivity of trypanosomatids such as members of the genera Trypanosoma and Leishmania. These trypanosomatids possess a single N-myristoyltransferase (NMT) and several (multiple) palmitoyl acyltransferases. Blocking of these transferases would be a means to control trypanosomiasis.


Acid Moiety Fatty Acid Moiety Palmitoyl Acyltransferases 
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Further Reading

  1. Goldston AM et al (2014) Acylation in trypanosomatids: an essential process and potential drug target. Trends Parasitol 30:350–360CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany