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A model for the progression of receptor-ligand interactions during erythrocyte invasion by Plasmodium falciparum.

Harvey KL, Gilson PR, Crabb BS

  • Journal International journal for parasitology

  • Published 21 Mar 2012

  • Volume 42

  • ISSUE 6

  • Pagination 567-73

  • DOI 10.1016/j.ijpara.2012.02.011


Multiple and seemingly sequential interactions between parasite ligands and their receptors on host erythrocytes are an essential precursor to invasion by the obligate intracellular pathogen, Plasmodium falciparum. Consequently, identification and characterisation of the specific effectors that facilitate these recognition events are of special interest for the development of novel therapeutic and prophylactic solutions to malaria. There have been many recent advances regarding the identification of host-parasite receptor-ligand pairs, however the precise function and temporal aspects of these interactions are far from resolved. This review provides an update on the current details of these interactions to place them in sequence and super impose them upon the known kinetic events of invasion.