Immunity to Plasmodium sporozoites: recent advances and applications to field research.

F. Esposito, S. Lombardi, D. Modiano, F. Zavala, J. Reeme, L. Lamizana, M. Coluzzi, R. S. Nussenzweig

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Abstract

The presence of antibodies against Plasmodium falciparum sporozoites in humans living in malaria endemic areas was measured using as antigen the synthetic peptide (NANP)3, which represents the immunodominant region of the circumsporozoite (CS) protein. The results indicate that: i) the production of anti-CS antibodies is unrelated to the presence in the circulation of blood-stage parasites; ii) anti-CS antibodies, raised by natural inoculation, could exert a protective role against natural malaria infection; iii) anti-CS antibodies can be used as indicators of the intensity of malaria transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalParassitologia
Volume28
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology

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    Esposito, F., Lombardi, S., Modiano, D., Zavala, F., Reeme, J., Lamizana, L., Coluzzi, M., & Nussenzweig, R. S. (1986). Immunity to Plasmodium sporozoites: recent advances and applications to field research. Parassitologia, 28(2-3), 101-105.