Monoclonal Antibody Characterization of Plasmodium Falciparum Antigens

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  • Malaria Branch, Division of Parasitic Diseases, Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia 30333
  • | Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20205
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We characterized a set of eight monoclonal antibodies produced against Plasmodium falciparum. In an indirect fluorescent antibody assay the antibodies produced small dots of fluorescence in schizonts and individual merozoites. This merozoite-associated dot reactivity occurred with 21 different strains of P. falciparum, but there was no reactivity with other human, nonhuman primate, or rodent Plasmodium species. Three of the monoclonal antibodies precipitated proteins of Mr 145,000, 135,000, and 104,000. Five of the monoclonal antibodies precipitated proteins of Mr 78,000, 63,000, 42,000, and 40,000.