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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2012 Sep 14;426(1):1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2012.08.055. Epub 2012 Aug 19.

Dissection of the Plasmodium vivax reticulocyte binding-like proteins (PvRBPs).

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Department of Medical Environmental Biology and Tropical Medicine, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, Chunchon, Gangwon-do 200-701, Republic of Korea.


Human malaria, which is caused by infection with Plasmodium, is a serious global public health problem. The erythrocytic stages are responsible for all of the symptoms and pathologies associated with malaria. Compared with Plasmodium falciparum merozoites infected human erythrocytes, Plasmodium vivax merozoites primarily invade reticulocytes. Due to the recent availability of the P. vivax genomic and transcriptomic datasets, the P. vivax reticulocyte binding-like proteins (PvRBPs) have been updated. However, the precise roles of PvRBPs remain largely unknown. Thus, here we discuss advances in our knowledge of the molecular interactions involved in erythrocyte invasion by Plasmodium merozoites, focusing particularly on PvRBP1 and PvRBP2. We also discuss potential PvRBP receptors during reticulocyte invasion.

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