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Exp. Parasitol. 1988 Dec;67(2):346-53
Plasmodium vivax is a highly prevalent malaria pathogen of man; the following report is the first to describe the cloning and expression of a major asexual erythrocytic stage antigen of this species. The screening of a genomic DNA expression library with a monoclonal antibody directed against a 200-kDa surface component (Pv200) of the more mature schizonts of P. vivax led to the selection of a recombinant bacterial clone which produced a fusion protein. Mouse and rabbit immune sera raised against the purified fusion protein recognized the 200-kDa parasite antigen on Western blots and reacted with the surface of segmenters by immunofluorescence. Sequencing of the 1.9-kb P. vivax DNA insert coding for this fusion protein revealed a 45-47% homology at the nucleotide level with the P. falciparum gene of a parasite surface antigen, Pf195, which has been shown to be a promising candidate for a malaria vaccine in primates and in man.