Ramachandra S. Naik

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Induction of proinflammatory cytokine responses by glycosylphosphatidylinositols (GPIs) of in-traerythrocytic Plasmodium falciparum is believed to contribute to malaria pathogenesis. In this study, we purified the GPIs of P. falciparum to homogeneity and determined their structures by biochemical degradations and mass spectrometry. The parasite GPIs differ(More)
Individuals living in regions of intense malaria transmission exhibit natural immunity that facilitates persistence of parasitemia at controlled densities for much of the time without symptoms. This aspect of immunity has been referred to as malarial "tolerance" and is thought to partly involve inhibition of the chain of events initiated by a parasite(More)
Immunization with a synthetic glycan corresponding to Plasmodium falciparum glycosylphosphatidylinositols (GPIs) has been proposed as a vaccination strategy against malaria. We investigated the structural requirements for binding of naturally elicited anti-GPI antibodies to parasite GPIs. The data show that anti-GPI antibody binding requires intact GPI(More)
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