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Elongation factor 1alpha (EF-1alpha) is an abundant protein in eukaryotic cells, involved chiefly in translation of mRNA on the ribosomes, and is frequently encoded by more than one gene. Here we show the presence of two identical copies of the EF-1alpha gene in the genome of three malaria parasites, Plasmodium knowlesi, P. berghei and P. falciparum. They(More)
The primary structure of the merozoite surface protein 1 of Plasmodium vivax (PvMSP-1) revealed the existence of conserved and polymorphic blocks of the protein among different Plasmodium species. To characterize the naturally acquired IgG antibody responses to the PvMSP-1 molecule, the entire N-terminal portion of this protein was expressed as 10(More)
Eukaryotic elongation factor 1A (eEF1A) plays a central role in protein synthesis, cell growth and morphology. Malaria parasites possess two identical genes encoding eEF1A (eef1aa and eef1ab). Using pbeef1a-Plasmodium berghei mutants that lack an eEF1a gene, we demonstrate that the level of eEF1A production affects the proliferation of blood stages and(More)
Arthropod-borne diseases caused by a variety of microorganisms such as dengue virus and malaria parasites afflict billions of people worldwide imposing major economic and social burdens. Despite many efforts, vaccines against diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, with the exception of yellow fever, are not available. Control of such infectious pathogens is(More)
The complete sequence of the cdc2-related kinase 2 (CRK2) gene from Plasmodium knowlesi and from P. berghei was determined. In both species, the CRK2 gene is closely linked to an elongation factor 1 alpha gene. The two CRK2 proteins are highly homologous to the P. falciparum PfPK5 protein. The CRK2 gene of both species is expressed at a low level during the(More)
Mayaro virus (MAYV) is widely distributed throughout South America and is the etiologic agent of Mayaro fever, an acute febrile illness often presenting with arthralgic manifestations. The true incidence of MAYV infection is likely grossly underestimated because the symptomatic presentation is very similar to that of dengue fever and other acute febrile(More)
Triatoma infestans, the main vector of Chagas disease, has nearly been eliminated from Brazil. Nevertheless, other triatominae species are involved in the domiciliation process, including Triatoma rubrovaria in Rio Grande do Sul State (RS). Previous studies showed that 1.6% of the T. rubrovaria specimens collected at the rural district of Quaraí, RS, were(More)
The first three introns of CRK2, a cdc2-homologous gene, have been compared in a total of seven Plasmodium species. The introns were located at conserved sites, suggesting an ancestral origin. Interspecific comparison of intron sequences agreed with the previously inferred evolutionary relationships of the malaria parasites. Unlike the introns in the rodent(More)