Journal article

Inhibition of binding of malaria-infected erythrocytes by a tetradecasaccharide fraction from chondroitin sulfate A

JG Beeson, WG Chai, SJ Rogerson, AM Lawson, GV Brown

Infection and Immunity | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1998

Abstract

Adherence of parasite-infected erythrocytes (IEs) to the microvascular endothelium of various organs, a process known as sequestration, is a feature of Plasmodium falciparum malaria. This event is mediated by specific adhesive interactions between parasite proteins, expressed on the surface of IEs, and host molecules. P. falciparum IEs can bind to purified chondroitin sulfate A (CS-A), to the proteoglycan thrombomodulin through CS-A side chains, and to CS-A present on the surface of brain and lung endothelial cells and placental syncytiotrophoblasts. In order to identify structural characteristics of CS-A important for binding, oligosaccharide fragments ranging in size from 2 to 20 monosacch..

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