Plasmodium chabaudi: rosetting in a rodent malaria model

Margaret J Mackinnon, Polly R Walker, J Alexandra Rowe

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Rosetting is a property of many malaria parasite species that has been linked to virulence in the major species infecting humans, Plasmodium falciparum. Here, the basic properties of rosettes in the rodent malaria laboratory model, P. chabaudi, were studied with a view to future studies on the role of rosetting in malaria parasite virulence and transmission. Rosetting occurred in 14 out of the 15 P. chabaudi clones studied, varied consistently between clones, and ranged between 9 and 37% at full parasite maturity. Rosetting frequency markedly declined after the mouse reached peak parasitemia, possibly due to host immunity. Consistent with P. falciparum and P. vivax, rosettes in P. chabaudi were disrupted by treatment with trypsin and EDTA. However, P. chabaudi rosettes were insensitive to sulfated glycoconjugates (heparin, heparan sulfate and fucoidan). The molecular basis of rosetting in P. chabaudi is unknown at present, but the results suggest that the molecules involved may differ from those in human-infecting species.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-8
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Parasitology
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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