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The induction of the formation of inclusion vesicles in by the sterol biosynthesis inhibitors (SBI) ketoconazole and terbinafine has been reported previously. These compartments were recently identified as acidocalcisomes. By the use of electron spectroscopic imaging and energy loss spectroscopy, the presence of calcium, phosphorus and oxygen in the electron-dense inclusions located within the acidocalcisomes has been demonstrated. Endoplasmic reticulum cisternae formed membrane whorls which enclosed large portions of the cytoplasm and sometimes circumscribed acidocalcisomes. In addition, acid phosphatase activity, as well as the endocytic tracers horseradish peroxidase and gold-labelled transferrin and cystatin C were detected within these organelles in both SBI-treated and untreated parasites. These data suggest that impairment of sterol biosynthesis induces the biogenesis of acidocalcisomes and triggers an autophagic process that leads to intersection of the endosomal/lysosomal system with the acidocalcisomes.

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