Low birth weight in Papua New Guinea is a killer. Help us research what is causing low birth weight in PNG so that we can stop it.
This project focuses on functional antibodies and their ability to inhibit binding of the malaria parasite to red blood cells.
Previous studies have shown that individuals living in malaria endemic areas develop antibodies to the malaria parasite.However, questions remain on how these antibodies function.
One potential function is binding inhibition where antibodies bind to parasite proteins such as EBA 175 and prevent them from interacting with their respective receptors on the red blood cell. Thus, decreasing the ability of the parasite to invade, and therefore lowering the risk of disease.
First binding inhibition assays are developed, these assays are used on antibody samples from individuals living in endemic areas such as Papua New Guinea to further understand: