THE ROLE OF PROTEIN GLYCOLYSATION IN THE MALARIA PARASITE

Grant number: 1139546 | Funding period: 2018 - 2020

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Abstract

The parasites that cause malaria have unique proteins on their surface that are essential for infection of humans. These proteins are useful for making vaccines to train our immune system to recognize and block infection by the malaria parasite. Our latest research has shown that these proteins are modified with sugars that enhance parasite virulence. We are studying these modifications more closely to facilitate the development of improved malaria vaccines.