Immunization with a synthetic glycan corresponding to Plasmodium falciparum glycosylphosphatidylinositols (GPIs) has been proposed as a vaccination strategy against malaria. We investigated the structural requirements for binding of naturally elicited anti-GPI antibodies to parasite GPIs. The data show that anti-GPI antibody binding requires intact GPI structures and that the antibodies are directed predominantly against GPIs with a conserved glycan structure with three mannoses and marginally against the terminal fourth mannose. The results provide valuable insight for exploiting GPIs for the development of malaria vaccines.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Infectious Diseases