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Plasmodium chabaudi chabaudi AS: modification of acute infection in CBA/Ca mice as a result of pre-treatment with erythrocyte band 3 in adjuvant.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/2002
<mark>Journal</mark>Experimental Parasitology
Issue number2
Volume102
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)66-71
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In this paper, in vivo data are presented that suggest a role for host recognition of erythrocyte band 3 in the control of malaria parasitaemia. The course of Plasmodium chabaudi chabaudi AS acute infection in CBA/Ca mice was suppressed or enhanced as a result of treatment on two occasions with enriched preparations of normal erythrocyte band 3 in adjuvant. Co-treatment with band 3 and a recombinant polypeptide encoding the C-terminal region of the P. c. chabaudi AS merozoite surface protein 1, which on its own had no clear effect on parasitaemia, appeared to modulate band 3-induced inhibition. Despite several-fold reductions in ascending parasitaemias in some band 3-immunized groups, there was a lack of obvious or unexpected anaemia prior to, or during infection, indicating a degree of specificity in the parasitaemia modifying response for infected rather than uninfected erythrocytes. These findings support a role for modified host recognition of erythrocyte band 3 in the partial immunity that transcends phenotypic and genotypic antigenic variation by malaria parasites.