Fitting modified HRP-I peptide analogue 3D structure into HLA-DR molecules induces protection against Plasmodium falciparum malaria Academic Article


  • Conserved, high-activity, red blood cell binding malaria peptide 6786, from the HRP-I protein, having a random 3D structure as determined by 1H-NMR, was non-immunogenic and non-protection inducing when used as an immunogen in Aotus monkeys. Modifications made in its amino acid sequence were thus performed to render it immunogenic and protection inducing. Non-immunogenic, non-protection inducing modified peptide 13852 presented A2-H8 and K14-L18 helix fragments. Immunogenic, non-protection inducing modified peptide 23428 presented a short, displaced helix in a different region, whilst immunogenic, protection inducing peptide 24224 had 2 displaced helical regions towards the central region giving more flexibility to its N- and C-terminals. Immunogenic and protection inducing peptides bound with high affinity to HLA-DRB1* 0301 whilst others did not bind to any HLA-DRB1* purified molecule. Structural modifications may thus lead to inducing immunogenicity and protection associated with their capacity to bind specifically to purified HLA-DRB1* molecules, suggesting a new way of developing multi-component, subunit-based malarial vaccines.

publication date

  • 2005/2/1


  • 37


  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Amino Acids
  • Blood
  • Cells
  • Erythrocytes
  • Falciparum Malaria
  • HLA-DR Antigens
  • HLA-DRB1 Chains
  • HLA-DRB1*03:01 antigen
  • Haplorhini
  • Malaria
  • Malaria Vaccines
  • Molecules
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Peptides
  • Proteins
  • Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • varespladib methyl

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1357-2725

number of pages

  • 14

start page

  • 336

end page

  • 349