Host Receptors in Malaria Merozoite Invasion

  • S. S. Oh
  • A. H. Chishti
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 295)


The clinical manifestations of Plasmodium falciparum malaria are directly linked to the blood stage of the parasite life cycle. At the blood stage, the circulating merozoites invade erythrocytes via a specific invasion pathway often identified with its dependence or independence on sialic acid residues of the host receptor. The invasion process involves multiple receptor-ligand interactions that mediate a complex series of events in a period of approximately 1 min. Although the mechanism by which merozoites invade erythrocytes is not fully understood, recent advances have put a new perspective on the importance of developing a multivalent blood stage-malaria vaccine. In this review, we highlight the role of currently identified host invasion receptors in blood-stage malaria. cr]2005|Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg


Plasmodium Falciparum Erythrocyte Membrane Host Receptor Plasmodium Knowlesi Erythrocyte Membrane Protein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. S. Oh
    • 1
  • A. H. Chishti
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Cell Biology, Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical CenterTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacology, UIC Cancer CenterUniversity of Illinois College of MedicineChicagoUSA

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