Malaria remains a significant health, social, and economic burden, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 405,000 people die each year, with an additional 228 million infected and approximately 2.7 billion US$ spent on resources for malaria. Here we present "The molecular basis for sugar import in malaria parasites"
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09.10. 2019

BioStruct-Africa has been empowering Africa-based scientist through structural biology knowledge transfer and  mentoring.

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Dr. Emmanuel Nji and others present: "Crystal structures of a Zea mays CMP-sialic acid transporter (CST) apo and in complex with CMP and functional assays of corn and human CSTs suggest how CMP-sialic acid is translocated across Golgi membranes".

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Mama Ndi and others revealed: 1. Two forms of mitochondrial protein Kgd4 cannot be explained by alternative splicing, 2. Kgd4L derives from alternative initiation at an upstream UUG codon, 3. Both variants are imported into mitochondria and support assembly of KGDH and 4. Sequence context surrounding codons dictates their use as alternative start sites.

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Dr. Emmanuel Nji and others revealed, the ammonium transporter AmtB and the PII signal transduction protein GlnZ are required to inhibit DraG in Azospirillum brasilense.

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Membrane bilayers are made up of a myriad of different lipids that affect membrane proteins, but identifying those specific lipid requirements remains a challenge. Here Dr. Emmanuel Nji (CEO and Co-Founder of Biostruct-Africa) and others present an engineered thermal-shift screen which reveals specific lipid preferences of eukaryotic and prokaryotic membrane proteins.

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"Conjugative transfer of antibiotic resistance plasmid pCW3 in Clostridium perfringens is mediated by the tcp locus. Here, Dr. Traore (Co-founder of Biostruct-Africa) and others identify a wHTH-type protein, TcpK, that is essential for efficient plasmid transfer and interacts with the plasmid oriT region in an unique manner."

Monash University, Australia media release: 

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