Selected PvDBP-derived synthetic peptides were tested in competition assays with HLA molecules in order to identify and evaluate their binding to a wide range of MHC class II molecules. Binding was evaluated as the peptide's ability to displace the biotinylated control peptide (HA306-318) and was detected by a conventional ELISA. Thus, one epitope for the HLA-DR1 molecule, two epitopes for the HLA-DR4 molecule, six epitopes for the HLA-DR7 molecule and three epitopes for the HLA-DR11 molecule displaying a high binding percentage (above 50%) were experimentally obtained. The in vitro results were compared with the epitope prediction results. Two peptides behaved as universal epitopes since they bound to a larger number of HLA-DR molecules. Given that these peptides are located in the conserved PvDBP region II, they could be considered good candidates to be included in the design of a synthetic vaccine against Plasmodium vivax malaria.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - Dec 26 2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology