Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 9107363
Acta Trop. 1997 Apr;64(3-4):155-66
The heat-shock protein Pf72/Hsp70-1 from the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum has been suggested as a potential candidate antigen for a multivalent vaccine. We have investigated the prevalence and levels of IgG antibodies to the recombinant protein PfR44, derived from Pf72/Hsp70-1, in individuals from different age groups living in Candeias do Jamari, an Amazonian town characterized by unstable and hypoendemic malaria transmission. Blood were collected from a household-based random sample comprising 241 people and the sera were comparatively tested against recombinant antigen PfR44 and a detergent-soluble extract of P. falciparum (PfAg-T). The prevalence and levels of IgG antibodies to both recombinant and total P. falciparum antigens were positively correlated with cumulative exposure to malaria, as estimated by the age of the individuals and the duration of their stay in the study area. Nevertheless, correlations between antibody responses to Pf72/Hsp70-1 and the acquisition of protective anti-malarial immunity could not be derived from our data.