Journal article

Antibodies to the Plasmodium falciparum Proteins MSPDBL1 and MSPDBL2 Opsonize Merozoites, Inhibit Parasite Growth, and Predict Protection From Clinical Malaria

Chris YH Chiu, Anthony N Hodder, Clara S Lin, Danika L Hill, Connie SN Li Wai Suen, Louis Schofield, Peter M Siba, Ivo Mueller, Alan F Cowman, Diana S Hansen

JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2015

Abstract

Increasing evidence suggests that antibodies against merozoite surface proteins (MSPs) play an important role in clinical immunity to malaria. Two unusual members of the MSP-3 family, merozoite surface protein duffy binding-like (MSPDBL)1 and MSPDBL2, have been shown to be extrinsically associated to MSP-1 on the parasite surface. In addition to a secreted polymorphic antigen associated with merozoite (SPAM) domain characteristic of MSP-3 family members, they also contain Duffy binding-like (DBL) domain and were found to bind to erythrocytes, suggesting that they play a role in parasite invasion. Antibody responses to these proteins were investigated in a treatment-reinfection study conducte..

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