The membrane-associated histidine-rich protein-1 (MAHRP-1) is a Maurer's cleft-resident molecule that has been recently described as an important protein for the trafficking of PfEMP-1 to infected erythrocyte membrane, a major virulence factor. We have studied the specific interactions between 20-mer-long synthetic peptides spanning the complete MAHRP-1 sequence and erythrocytes. A high-activity binding peptide (HABP) with saturable binding to a 46-kDa erythrocyte membrane protein was identified and its binding was affected by chymotrypsin treatment. Random coil and alpha-helical features were found in the HABP's structure. Our results suggest that MAHRP-1 specifically interacts with erythrocyte membrane through a 20-mer-long amino acid region, raising questions about this region's potential as a therapeutic target against malaria.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Pages (from-to)||122 - 126|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - 2009|