Malaria vaccine target's invasion partner uncovered

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 21:51 in Biology & Nature

A team has discovered how a promising malarial vaccine target -- the protein RH5 -- helps parasites to invade human red blood cells. The study reveals that a previously mysterious protein on the surface of the parasite called P113 provides a molecular bridge between the parasite and a red blood cell. The discovery could be used to make a more effective malaria vaccine.

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