Bloodstream forms of Trypanosoma brucei contain plasma-membrane-integral acidic ectophosphatase. Here, it is shown by N-terminal sequencing that the ectophosphatase found in ricin-binding material was modified by ubiquitin. Three different ubiquitinated species corresponding to single, double and triple ubiquitinated forms of the enzyme were identified. Immunofluorescence studies with live bloodstream-form parasites showed that the ectophosphatase was localized in the flagellar pocket-the sole site for endocytosis in trypanosomes. As ubiquitin modification of plasma membrane proteins serves as an internalization signal, it is suggested that ubiquitinated ectophosphatase is labelled for endocytosis.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|