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[Recombinant Plasmodium yoelii expressing green fluorescent protein in erythrocytic and mosquito stages].

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Department of Pathogen Biology, The Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400038, China.



To generate recombinant Plasmodium yoelii BY265 strain which can express green fluorescent protein (GFP) in erythrocytic and mosquito stages.


Recombinant plasmid containing P. berghei ssu-rrna and GFP genes were linearized by Sac II. The linearized plasmid was introduced into the erythrocytic stage of P. yoelii by electroporation. Kunming mice were infected with the recombinant parasites. After 24-30 hours post-infection, mice were treated with 70 microg/ml of pyrimethamine intraperitoneally for 5-6 d, and tail vein blood was then collected to make smear for parasite count. The parasites were examined by PCR. Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes were used to bite mice infected with the recombinant parasite. At the 7th and 16th day after the bite, oocyst development in mosquitoes was observed by fluorescence microscopy.


The recombinant parasites expressed GFP in erythrocytic stage, and the GFP and ssu-rrna genes were amplified by PCR in the recombinant parasites. The mosquito infection experiment showed a normal development of the recombinant parasites.


Transgenic P. yoelii BY265 strain has been established with stable expression of GFP in both erythrocytic and mosquito stages.

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