|P. falciparum 3D7||Asexual||
| 33124706 (Knock down)
By conditionally depleting PfMCMBP, we disrupt nuclear morphology and parasite proliferation without causing a block in DNA replication. By immunofluorescence microscopy, we show that PfMCMBP depletion promotes the formation of mitotic spindle microtubules with extensions to more than one DNA focus and abnormal centrin distribution. Strikingly, PfMCMBP‐deficient parasites complete cytokinesis and form aneuploid merozoites with variable cellular and nuclear sizes. Our study demonstrates that the parasite lacks a robust checkpoint response to prevent cytokinesis following aberrant karyokinesis.
|Theo Sanderson, Francis Crick Institute|