Immunofluorescence of Parasites

  • Trevor Sherwin
  • Martin Read
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 21)


Immunofluorescence, as the name suggests, involves the visualization of proteins and structures within cells using antibodies as fluorescent probes. It has proven to be an extremely valuable technique for several reasons:
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    Vast numbers of cells can be processed and observed in a single experiment;

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    Immunofluorescence facilitates the observation of individual cells and differences among them; and

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    Information is not only provided on the presence or absence of a protein, but also concerning its precise location within each cell.



Malaria Parasite Slide Surface Parasite Cell Erythrocytic Stage Secondary Antibody Solution 
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Further Reading

  1. Hudson, L. and Hay, F. C. (1989) PracticalImmunology. Blackwell Scientific, Oxford, UK.Google Scholar


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    Sherwin, T., Schneider, A., Sasse, R., Seebeck, T., and Gull, K. (1987) Distinct localisation and cell cycle dependence of COOH terminally tyrosinolated α-tubulin in the microtubules of Trypanosoma brucei. J. Cell Biol. 104, 439–446.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Read, M., Sherwin, T., Holloway, S. P., Gull, K., and Hyde, J. E. (1993) Microtubular organization visualized by immunofluorescence microscopy during erythocytic schizogomy in Plasmodium falciparum and investigation of post-translational modifications of parasite tubulin. Parasitology 106, 223–232.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Humana Press Inc, Totowa, NJ 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Trevor Sherwin
    • 1
  • Martin Read
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Applied Molecular BiologyUniversity of Manchester Institute of Technology (UMIST)ManchesterUK

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