Experts pinpoint alternative pathway to infect human cells with malaria

09/27/2010 | (India)

Australian researchers found that the malaria parasite employs a pathway that forgoes the use of glycophorin proteins to enter red blood cells in humans. The discovery, which involves the binding of the PfRh4 parasite molecule with the complement receptor 1 protein in red blood cells, could be used to develop new vaccines against the deadly disease.

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