Adherence of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes to chondroitin 4-sulfate

D. Channe Gowda, Christian F. Ockenhouse

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Adherence of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes (PRBCs) to the microvascular endothelium of specific organs and consequent sequestration is believed to be responsible for the development of malaria pathology. A number of studies have shown that cell adhesion molecules expressed on the surface of endothelial cells mediate the adherence. Recent studies indicate that a subpopulation of PRBCs adhere to chondroitin 4-sulfate (C4S). This adhesion can be effectively inhibited by C4S oligosaccharides. In pregnant women, the placenta specifically selects C4S-adherent PRBCs, and thus these phenotypes multiply and sequester in the intervillous spaces. Over successive pregnancies, women develop a protective humoral response to the C4S-adhesion phenotype. Disruption of C4S-mediated PRBCs adhesion using either a C4S oligosaccharide mimetic or an antiC4S-adhesion vaccine can be an efficient strategy for the treatment of malaria caused by C4S-adherent P. falciparum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-271
Number of pages11
JournalBioscience Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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