Finding adds clue to how malaria infects red blood cells

11/10/2011 | BBC

U.K. researchers have discovered that an interaction between a receptor on the surface of red blood cells called basigin and a protein on a deadly strain of malaria parasite allows the parasite to invade the cells. Tests involving the Plasmodium falciparum parasite showed that disrupting this interaction protected the cells. The finding could lead to the development of a vaccine that would direct the immune system to attack the protein PfRh, the researchers said.

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