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The Plasmodium falciparum acidic-basic repeat antigen represents a potential malarial vaccine candidate. One of this protein's high activity binding peptides, named 2150 ((161)KMNMLKENVDYIQKNQNLFK(180)), is conserved, non-immunogenic, and non-protection-inducing. Analogue peptides whose critical binding residues (in bold) were replaced by amino-acids having(More)
Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite surface protein 2 (Pf SSP2), also called thrombospondin related anonymous protein (TRAP), is involved in the process of sporozoite invasion of hepatocytes. Pf SSP2/TRAP possesses two different adhesion domains sharing sequences and structural homology with von Willebrand factor A-domains and human repeat I thrombospondin(More)
Hepatocyte invasion by malaria parasites is mediated by specific molecular interactions. Several lines of evidence suggest the importance of the surface plasmodial circumsporozoite (CS) protein in the sporozoite invasion of hepatocytes. Identification of the sequences involved in binding to hepatocytes is an important step towards understanding the(More)
The specific function of putative cut2 protein (or CFP25), encoded by the Rv2301 gene from Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv, has not been identified yet. The aim of this study was to assess some of CFP25 characteristics and its possible biological role in Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv invasion process to target cells. Molecular assays indicated that the(More)
This work was aimed at studying the Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv Rv3494c protein, taking into account that it belongs to the mammalian cell entry family (mce) which is thought to have important functions in the disease's pathogenesis. The protein was characterized in silico; its presence on mycobacterial surface was confirmed by immunoelectron(More)
Mycobacterium tuberculosis surface proteins involved in target cell invasion may be identified as a strategy for developing subunit-based, chemically-synthesized vaccines. The Rv0227c protein was thus selected to assess its role in the invasion and infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis target cells. Results revealed Rv0227c localization on mycobacterial(More)
3. Merozoite Surface Protein (MSP) Family 3662 3.1. Merozoite Surface Protein-1 (MSP-1) 3664 3.2. Merozoite Surface Protein-2 (MSP-2) 3675 3.3. Merozoite Surface Protein-3 (MSP-3) 3677 3.4. Merozoite Surface Protein-4 (MSP-4) 3677 3.5. Merozoite Surface Protein-5 (MSP-5) 3678 3.6. Merozoite Surface Protein-6 (MSP-6) 3678 3.7. Merozoite Surface Protein-7(More)
To determine amino acid sequences of the Plasmodium falciparum MSP-1 protein that interact with red blood cell membranes in a specific receptor-ligand interaction, 78 sequential peptides, 20 amino acids long and spanning the entire length of the molecule, were synthesized and analysed with a specific binding assay developed for this purpose. Results show(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Identify hepatitis C virus (HCV) sequences in E1 and E2 protein binding to HepG2. METHODS Synthetic 20-mer long, ten-residue overlapped peptides, from E1 and E2 proteins, were tested in HepG2 or Raji cell-binding assays. Affinity constants, binding site number per cell and Hill coefficients were determined by saturation assay for high(More)
The identification of proteins present on the surface of Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells as well as of free merozoites has been widely considered as one of the main areas of research in the development of an antimalarial vaccine due to their involvement in the parasite's pathogenesis and invasion mechanisms. Major advances had been(More)