Comparison of the hydropathy plots of three P. falciparum proteins designated as putative transport proteins (PF14_0541, PFI0955w and PF13_0172) with that of a protein designated as having no putative function (PF14_0435). The PF14_0541 protein is a putative V-type H+-pumping pyrophosphatase (H+-PPase) and its hydropathy plot shows around 15 peaks in the hydrophobicity index, corresponding to 15 predicted transmembrane domains (TMDs) - as is characteristic of H+-PPases. The PFI0955w protein is a putative sugar transporter of the major facilitator superfamily (MFS) and its hydropathy plot indicates the presence of 12 TMDs. The PF13_0172 protein bears no sequence similarities with any known or putative transport proteins but its hydropathy plot shows around 11 peaks in the hydrophobicity index and resembles that of a typical transporter (for example, PF14_0541 or PFI0955w). The PF14_0435 protein has no non-Plasmodium sequence homologs or similarities to conserved domains, and although it is predicted to possess eight or nine putative TMDs, the hydropathy plot of the PF14_0435 protein does not resemble that of a typical transporter. The predicted TMDs are irregularly spaced (those in typical transporters tend to show more regularity of spacing, as in the first three hydropathy plots shown) and there are several very large extramembrane domains interspersed among the TMDs (many transporters have a single large extramembrane domain in the middle of the protein, but it is unusual for there to be multiple, irregularly spaced extramembrane domains of the type evident in PF14_0435). The possibility that the PF14_0435 protein (and others like it) is a transporter can certainly not be excluded; however there is simply not sufficient evidence to warrant its classification as such in the present study. The hydropathy plots were generated using the TMpred server .