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Exp Parasitol. 1989 Nov;69(4):340-50.

Plasmodium vivax interaction with the human Duffy blood group glycoprotein: identification of a parasite receptor-like protein.

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Department of Medical and Molecular Parasitology, New York University School of Medicine, New York 10016.


The interaction between merozoites of the human pathogen, Plasmodium vivax, and the Duffy blood group glycoprotein on the surface of human erythrocytes is essential for the invasion of erythrocytes and the survival of the parasite. We have identified a P. vivax protein of 135 to 140 kDa which binds with receptor-like specificity to the human Duffy blood group glycoprotein. This interaction can be specifically inhibited by purified Duffy glycoprotein and by pretreating erythrocytes with a monoclonal antibody directed against a novel Duffy determinant. A protein with similar specificity for the Duffy glycoprotein from the phylogenetically related simian malaria, P. knowlesi, is shown to be immunologically related by the generation of cross-reactive antibodies. Despite their shared properties, these two Duffy associating proteins from P. vivax and P. knowlesi differ in some aspects of their interaction with the Duffy glycoprotein. The identification of these proteins will help elucidate the molecular mechanisms of erythrocyte invasion by Plasmodium.

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