The protein called serine repeat antigen (SERA) is a Plasmodium falciparum malaria antigen; high activity erythrocyte binding peptides have been identified in this protein. One of these, the 6725 peptide (non-immunogenic and non-protective), was analyzed for immunogenicity and protective activity in Aotus monkeys, together with several of its analogues. These peptides were studied by NMR to try to correlate their structure with their biological function. These peptides showed helical regions having differences in their position, except for randomly structured 6725. It is shown that replacing some amino acids induced immunogenicity and protectivity against experimental malaria and changed their three-dimensional (3D) structure, suggesting that such modifications may allow a better fit with immune system molecules.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Pages (from-to)||1281 - 1289|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 2004|