A tree of the FIKK family. Phylogenetic tree of FIKKs from P. falciparum. The tree was compiled using conserved portions of aligned sequences (see Additional file 3) using a protein distance matrix method. The scale bar represents 0.1 mutational changes per residues (10 PAM units). Bootstrap values over 75 are shown. The bottom panel shows a map of one of the telomeric and subtelomeric regions of chromosome 9 obtained from the PlasmoDB website. The location of genes encoding proteins of the var/PfEMP1 (Duffy et al., 2003), rifin (Kyes et al., 1999) and FIKK (this study) families is indicated.