Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 8303938
Vaccine 1994 Jan;12(1):32-40
A monkey vaccination trial using a Plasmodium falciparum protein fraction containing antigens of 90-110 kDa is reported. The fraction was obtained by electroelution from preparative polyacrylamide gels. Three monkeys out of five resisted a heavy challenge dose of highly virulent parasites. Using specific antisera, several components of the fraction were identified, namely heat shock protein 90 (hsp90), Ag44/RhopH3, ABRA, 96tR/GBP130 and Pf96 protease. The fraction did not contain KAHRP, nor the SERP antigen. The antibody response of the monkeys was studied on these individual antigens purified by preparative immunoprecipitation. Surprisingly, hsp90 was found in the immunoprecipitates obtained with SERP antisera. Interestingly, the response to hsp90 correlated with protection, high antibody titres being found only in the protected monkeys. In contrast, no correlation with protection could be found for the response to the other antigens.