PfEMP1 surface-exposure and cytoadherence of REX1 transfectants. A. Immunofluorescence microscopy of acetone-fixed RBCs infected with 3D7 and REX1 transfectants. Maurer’s clefts were identified by immunolabeling with anti-SBP1 (green). Anti-PfEMP1 antibodies (red) revealed colocation of the virulence protein with Maurer’s clefts. The nuclei are stained with DAPI (blue). Scale bar = 3 μm. Accumulation of PfEMP1 at the Maurer’s clefts in the 3D7 wildtype parasites, was observed as confirmed by co-labelling with the Maurer’s cleft marker, SBP1. PfEMP1 is also delivered to the Maurer's clefts in the REX11-579, REX1-GFP and REX1Δ371-579-GFP mutant parasite lines. Thus despite the aberrant morphology there is no obvious defect in trafficking of PfEMP1 from the parasite to the stacked Maurer’s clefts.
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Other associated proteins
|PF3D7_0935900||ring-exported protein 1|