Volume 73, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


A composite 2,206 nucleotide DNA sequence encoding a putative immunoglobulin-binding protein (BiP) was constructed from a sequence obtained from cDNA library clones. The 1,962 nucleotide open reading frame predicts a 72 kD protein with extensive homology with BiPs from Apicomplexa parasites. The BiP gene had a predicted N-terminal signal sequence of 18 amino acids and a C-terminal tetrapeptide sequence (Ser-Asp-Glu-Leu) for signaling in the endoplasmic reticulum lumen. The recombinant protein expressed in baculovirus showed an apparent mass of 72 kD, which is identical to that of the native protein. Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against BiP reacted strongly with extracellular merozoites, but not in early intraerythrocytic stage. Detailed observation showed that the reaction of MAbs against pear-shaped forms was markedly irregular, with either no reaction, or reaction with one or two brightly fluorescent pear-shaped forms (two parasites) of


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  • Received : 11 Mar 2005
  • Accepted : 21 Jul 2005

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