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Exp Parasitol. 1993 Mar;76(2):192-9.

Plasmodium vivax:recombination between potential allelic types of the merozoite surface protein MSP1 in parasites isolated from patients.

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Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Colombo.


The merozoite surface protein MSP1, which is one of the most promising candidates for a malaria vaccine directed against erythrocytic stages, has been shown to be polymorphic in different malarial species. Characterization of the Plasmodium vivax MSP1 gene (Pv200) in two strains (Belem and Salvador-1) revealed the existence of several polymorphic regions. One of these regions has been examined here in primary parasite isolates obtained from patients in Sri Lanka. Oligonucleotide primers hybridizing to conserved parts of the gene on either side of a polymorphic region were used to amplify DNA from 22 isolates. Sequence analysis of the amplified portion of the MSP1 gene in five patients showed the existence of three types of polymorphic regions. Two were almost identical either to that of the Belem or to that of the Salvador-1 strain. The third polymorphic type appeared to have resulted from recombination between the two others. This recombination event took place inside a repeated part of the sequence.

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