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2007 differential antibodies responses p. falciparum

  1. 1. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 77(5), 2007, pp. 977–983Copyright © 2007 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Differential Antibody Responses to Plasmodium falciparum Invasion Ligand Proteins in Individuals Living in Malaria-Endemic Areas in Brazil and Cameroon Louise Ford, Cheryl A. Lobo, Marilis Rodriguez, Mariano G. Zalis, Ricardo L. D. Machado, Andréa R. B. Rossit, Carlos E. Cavasini, Alvaro A. R. Couto, Peter A. Enyong, and Sara Lustigman* Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology, Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, New York Blood Center, New York, New York; University Hospital, Federal University of Rio De Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Faculty of Medicine of São José Do Rio Preto, São José Do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil; SEAMA College, Macapa, Amapa, Brazil; Tropical Medicine Research Station, ´ ´ Kumba, Cameroon Abstract. Antibody responses to malaria invasion ligands and proteins on the merozoite surface have been shown to interfere with red cell invasion and correlate with immunity to malaria. The current study is the first to characterize the antibody responses to EBA-140 and EBA-181, Plasmodium falciparum invasion ligands implicated in the alternative pathways of invasion, in age-matched populations of individuals living in endemic areas in both Brazil and Cameroon. Antibody responses to the proteins screened were different between populations. The African individuals reacted strongly with most fragments of these two EBAs, while the majority of the individuals from Mato Grosso, Brazil, reacted weakly and those from the Amazon had elevated responses to these EBA proteins. When compared with the responses against MSP-119 and EBA-175, it appeared that the Brazilian population has a variable ability to recognize P. falciparum invasion ligand proteins and that these responses are distinct from the African population. INTRODUCTION family characterized and shown to bind to the major glyco- protein found on human erythrocytes, glycophorin A (GPA), Falciparum malaria is one of the most significant causes of during invasion. Recombinant fragments of EBA-175 are rec-morbidity and mortality in the developing world, with up to ognized by human sera from malaria-endemic areas.17 Anti-500 million new cases annually.1 With the increase in antima- bodies raised in rabbits against EBA-peptide 4 blocked bind-larial drug resistance, there is a growing requirement for an ing of native EBA-175 to human erythrocytes and inhibitedeffective malaria vaccine. Epidemiologic surveys performed merozoite invasion in vitro.18,19 Additionally, IgG1 antibodiesin areas of high malaria transmission have shown that persons to EBA-175 peptide 4 are associated with protection againstwho are continuously exposed to repeated malaria infection clinical malaria.20 We and others have shown that the major-gradually develop clinical immunity.2,3 Experiments with an- ity of P. falciparum parasites in the endemic areas of Indiatibodies purified from the sera of African adults who were and Brazil are not dependent on neuraminidase-sensitive in-clinically immune to malaria and given by passive transfer to vasion pathways, of which the interaction of EBA-175 withsusceptible children have established that immunoglobulin G GPA is the major pathway.21–23 Importantly, the targeted(IgG) is at least a main component of defense against the disruption of the eba-175 gene was not lethal but insteadasexual blood stage of Plasmodium falciparum.4–6 Thus, an- caused switching to a GPA-independent alternative invasiontibodies that target the asexual blood-stage parasites seem to pathway.24 The parasite ligands that mediate the alternativebe of central importance,5,7 and several blood-stage antigens invasion pathways are postulated to belong to the EBL andhave been implicated as targets for protection.8,9 Vaccine de- RH families of invasion ligands. Although most of the immu-velopment will be facilitated by studying the naturally ac- nogenicity studies have focused on EBA-175, little is knownquired immune responses that mediate protection. regarding the acquisition of natural antibodies to the other Antibodies may act in different ways, by preventing mero- members of the EBL family. The rationale behind this studyzoite invasion of red blood cells (RBCs), by attacking infected was to evaluate for the first time the role of EBA-140 andRBCs and facilitating phagocytosis, or by preventing cytoad- EBA-181, parasite ligands used in the alternative invasionhesion of infected RBCs.10 Molecules important to all 3 of pathways as targets of naturally acquired immune responses.these processes have been identified as candidate vaccines, Such data will be relevant to the design of vaccines aimed tobut those involved in merozoite invasion have been the most inhibit erythrocyte invasion by merozoites. Additionally,studied. Repeated cycles of merozoite invasion of RBCs study of the naturally acquired antibodies present in endemicquickly amplify the blood-stage parasitemia, and this contrib- populations may reflect the choice of invasion ligands thatutes to symptomatic disease. Successful invasion requires suc- locally circulating parasites use, which in turn may be dictatedcessful receptor–ligand interactions on the RBC surface. by the repertoire of host RBC receptors available in thatThese invasion ligands can be present on the merozoite sur- specific study population.face (MSP family) or be harbored in apical organelles like the In this paper, the naturally acquired antibody responses tomicronemes (EBL family) and the rhoptries (RH family). different regions of these two relatively unstudied invasion P. falciparum uses a wide variety of RBC receptors for ligands, EBA-140 and EBA-181, were analyzed in popula-invasion.11–16 Erythrocyte-binding antigen 175 (EBA-175) tions of individuals living in endemic areas of Brazil and Cam-was the first member of the erythrocyte-binding ligand (EBL) eroon, known to be of differing endemicity. MATERIALS AND METHODS* Address correspondence to Sara Lustigman, Laboratory of Molecu-lar Parasitology, Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, New York Study areas, subjects, and blood sample collection. We ana-Blood Center, 310 E. 67th St., New York, NY 10065. E-mail: lyzed groups of subjects who had been exposed to malariaslustigman@nybloodcenter.org transmission in endemic areas in both Brazil and Cameroon. 977
  2. 2. 978 FORD AND OTHERS Two study groups from hypoendemic regions for malaria in INKK) and EBA-175 region II (aa 145–760; 3D7 allele) wereBrazil were studied: The serum samples of the first group expressed in yeast and were a kind gift from D. Narum and L.were collected in 1995 from 17 adult male individuals (median Miller (LMV, NIH). The 19-kDa processed fragment of theage ‫ 52 ס‬years) living in Peixoto de Azevedo, a municipality merozoite surface protein 1, MSP-119, was obtained as a re-of Mato Grosso state, located in the southern part of the combinant yeast protein from the MR4 (ATCC) and alsoAmazon region in Brazil. The individuals were migrant gold corresponds to the 3D7 allele. These 3 recombinant proteinsmining workers without documented ethnicity who had come were properly folded.to the local health service center, run by the Ministry of Measurement of antigen-specific antibody responses. Hu-Health, and were found to be P. falciparum positive and P. man serum samples were analyzed for IgG1 and IgG3 reac-vivax negative. These individuals resided in the endemic re- tivity to the recombinant malaria proteins by a defined en-gion for only a few years and had no more than 1–3 malaria zyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), as describedepisodes. The serum samples of the second group were col- previously.26 Sera were analyzed for IgG antibody isotypes.lected in 2004 and originated from individuals who have lived The subclass of immunoglobulin determines antibody func-in the Amazon regions (Macapá, Belém, Porto Velho, and tion (e.g., complement fixation or the activation of phago-Rio Branco) of Brazil for most of their life and have reported cytes), and in humans, immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1) and IgG3multiple episodes (range 1 to > 4 episodes) of P. falciparum are important mediators of malaria parasite clearance.27 Tomalaria infection and were P. vivax-negative at the time of determine which E. coli-expressed EBA protein fragmentsblood collection. This group consisted of 37 individuals (4 were antigenic, we performed an initial ELISA screen usingfemales and 33 males; median age ‫ 52 ס‬years, range 18–76 the various recombinant EBA fragments with a small groupyears). of sera from Cameroon. Based on their antigenicity, for all The serum samples from West Africa were collected in further experiments we focused on the antibody responses1996 and 1997 and originated from individuals who live in generated to 3 EBA-140 protein fragments: portion of regionvillages in the Kumba region, an area of hyperendemic ma- II, region VI and the C-terminal region, and to the C-terminallaria in the southwest province of Cameroon. The individuals region fragment of EBA-181.who participated in the study were born or had resided for Microtiter ELISA plates (Costar, Corning Life Sciences,> 10 years in villages: Marumba I, Marumba II, Boa Bakundu, Corning, NY) were coated with 1 ␮g/mL of recombinant pro-Bombanda, and Bombele. The group consisted of individuals tein diluted in 0.05 M carbonate buffer, pH 9.6. After incu-who were both P. falciparum blood smear positive and nega- bation overnight at 4°C, the plates were washed 5 times withtive at the time of bleeding. The Cameroonian study group phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) with 0.05% Tween 20comprised 180 individuals (118 males and 62 females; median (PBST) and blocked with blocking buffer (3% BSA in PBST)age ‫ 71 ס‬years; range, 3–75 years). An age-matched subset of for 1.5 hr at 37°C. Serum samples were pre-incubated with E.these individuals was selected (N ‫ ;82 ס‬median age ‫23 ס‬ coli extract prior to dilution and incubation with the boundyears; range 8–38 years) to compare their responses with antigen to remove antibodies to potential E. coli contami-those from the individuals from Brazil. nants in the recombinant protein preparations. Serum All blood samples were obtained from volunteers with in- samples, diluted 1:500 in blocking buffer, were reacted withformed consent using protocols approved by both local and the bound antigens by incubating for 2 hr at 37°C, in duplicateNYBC IRB committees. wells. The bound IgG1 and IgG3 antibodies were detected Recombinant malaria protein expression and purifica- after incubation for 1 hr at 37°C with mouse monoclonaltion. Recombinant malaria proteins were expressed in Es- antibodies against different human IgG subclasses (Hybri-cherichia coli BL21 (DE3) (Sigma, St. Louis, MO) as fusion doma Reagent Laboratory, Baltimore, MD) diluted 1:1000 inproteins with glutathione S-transferase (GST) using the blocking buffer, followed by incubation for 1 hr at 37°C withpGEX vector (Amersham Biotech, Piscataway, NJ). horseradish peroxidase-conjugated goat anti-mouse IgG (H + The 3D7 strain of P. falciparum was used as template to L) (Kirkegaard & Perry Laboratories, Inc., Gaithersburg,derive the various fragments that were used for cloning and MD) diluted 1:1250 in blocking buffer. Tetramethylbenzi-expression. Fragments of the erythrocyte-binding proteins dine (Sigma, St Louis, MO) was used as the substrate for allEBA-140 and EBA-181 were expressed as soluble GST- ELISAs, and the optical density (OD) was read at 450 nm onfusion proteins and corresponded to fragments within the fol- a SpectraMax 190 ELISA Reader (Molecular Devices,lowing regions: portion (aa 350–440) of the Duffy binding-like Sunnyvale, CA).domain (DBL) also known as region II, portions of region VI Each serum sample was tested against GST as a negative(aa 799–963) and the C-terminal region (aa 967–1140) of control for the GST-fusion proteins. Positive responders wereEBA-140, and portions of the N-terminal (aa 33–171) and the defined as those that gave an OD value greater than theC-terminal (aa 1235–1345) of EBA-181. These regions do not cut-off OD, which was defined as the mean plus 3 standardexhibit sequence polymorphism among the various P. falci- deviations of OD values from control sera. If the cut-off wasparum strains. Recombinant proteins were purified by affinity < 0.1, positive responders were defined as those with an ODchromatography on glutathione agarose (Sigma) as previ- value > 0.1. Control sera used were collected from 5 healthyously described.25 Control GST was purified from E. coli adult volunteers living in New York who had never beenBL21 transformed with the pGEX vector alone. Fusion pro- exposed to malaria. Samples from the different study sitesteins were assessed by Coomassie blue staining of SDS- were run in parallel to ensure reliable comparison of ODs.PAGE gels, and protein concentrations were measured using Statistical analysis. The ␹2 test was used to compare pro-the Bio-Rad protein assay (Bio-Rad, Hercules, CA) accord- portions of antibody responders in different groups, whereasing to the manufacturer’s instructions. the differences in the immunoglobulin levels between groups Full length EBA-140 region II (aa 141–756; the 3D7 allele, were compared using the two-tailed nonparametric Mann–
  3. 3. ANTIBODY RESPONSES TO MALARIA INVASION LIGANDS 979Whitney U test. Spearman’s rank correlation test was used to ing in Macapá, Belém, Porto Velho, and Rio Branco, thetest the significance of the correlation between the age of the antigen-specific antibody responses differed between the 2individuals and their antibody responses, with the correlation endemic regions within Brazil (Figure 1B, C). The antibodycoefficient being expressed as r. A P value of < 0.05 was responses in these Amazonian individuals, to the same panelconsidered statistically significant. Statistical analysis was per- of EBA proteins, were elevated (percent positive responders:formed using GraphPad PRISM software (GraphPad Soft- IgG1, 7.7–30.8%; IgG3, 28.5–69.2%) when compared withware Inc., San Diego, CA). those from Mato Grosso, although lower in magnitude than the responses in the Cameroonian sera (Table 1). Amazonian individuals had significantly higher antibody responses than RESULTS individuals from Mato Grosso to EBA-181 C-terminal frag- Differential antibody responses to EBA-140 and EBA-181 ment (P < 0.001 for both IgG1 and IgG3), EBA-140 region IIfragment proteins in individuals living in Brazil and in Cam- fragment (P < 0.001 IgG1 and P ‫ 7200.0 ס‬IgG3), EBA-140eroon. Analysis of the IgG1 and IgG3 responses to different region VI fragment (P ‫ 4230.0 ס‬IgG1), and EBA-140 C-fragments of EBA-140 and EBA-181 in individuals from terminal fragment (P ‫ 1500.0 ס‬IgG3). Regardless, the anti-Mato Grosso and the Amazon region, Brazil, and Cameroon body responses in the Amazon individuals was significantlyrevealed a dramatic difference in both the prevalence and lower than the responses in the Cameroon individuals tomagnitude of responses between the populations (Figure 1; EBA-140 full-length region II (P < 0.001 for both IgG1 andTable 1). Whereas the Cameroon individuals mounted an ef- IgG3), EBA-140 region II fragment (P ‫ 2610.0 ס‬IgG1 andficient antibody response to most of the recombinant EBA- P ‫ 3000.0 ס‬IgG3), EBA-140 region VI fragment (P ‫8800.0 ס‬140 and EBA-181 proteins (percent positive responders: IgG3), and EBA-140 C-terminal fragment (P ‫ 6000.0 ס‬IgG1IgG1, 38.1–96.4%; IgG3, 65–100%), the antibody response to and P < 0.001 IgG3). Antibody responses to the EBA-181the same panel of proteins in residents of Mato Grosso was C-terminal fragment in the Amazonian individuals were alsomuch lower (percent positive responders: IgG1, 5.9–29.4%; lower than in the Cameroon individuals; however, these dif-IgG3, 5.9–29.4%) (Figure 1A,B; Table 1). Only 1 serum ferences were not statistically significant (P ‫ 541.0 ס‬IgG1 andsample from Mato Grosso in each assay showed a strong P ‫ 671.0 ס‬IgG3).response (OD > 0.3) to the EBAs. All of the IgG1 and IgG3 Antibody responses to MSP-119 and EBA-175 region II. Toresponses in Mato Grosso, with the exception of the IgG1 determine if the low humoral response seen in the Matoresponse mounted to a fragment within the EBA-140 region Grosso population against the EBA proteins was antigen-II, were significantly lower than the responses in Cameroon specific, we examined the antibodies present in these endemic(EBA-140 proteins—full-length region II P < 0.001 for both, populations to 2 other known highly antigenic malaria pro-region II fragment P < 0.001 IgG3, region VI fragment P ‫ס‬ teins: the GPA-binding domain of EBA-175, EBA-175 region0.0097 IgG1 and P ‫ 4330.0 ס‬IgG3, C-terminal fragment P ‫ס‬ II, another member of the EBL family and the 19-kDa pro-0.0087 IgG1 and P < 0.001 IgG3; EBA-181 C-terminal frag- cessed fragment of the merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP-119).ment P < 0.001 for both). The EBA-140 proteins correspond- These results are presented in Table 1 and Figure 2. In bothing to full-length region II, fragment of region VI, and frag- the Mato Grosso inhabitants and the individuals from Cam-ment of the C-terminal were found to be the most antigenic eroon, the IgG3 responses to MSP-119 were prevalent (76.5%ligands for the Mato Grosso population (11.8–29.4% positive IgG3-positive responders in Mato Grosso versus 95% IgG3-responders), although the reactivity was much lower than positive responders in Cameroon; P ‫ 80.0 ס‬using ␹2 analysis).found in the African population (80–100% positive respond- The prevalence of the IgG1 responses against MSP-119 was,ers). In the African population, the full-length region II frag- however, significantly lower in Mato Grosso inhabitants thanment, the RBC-binding domain of EBA-140, is the most im- in the individuals from Cameroon (70.6% IgG1-positive re-munoreactive in all individuals, regardless of age. sponders in Mato Grosso versus 100% IgG1-positive re- Interestingly, when we analyzed the profile of antibodies sponders in Cameroon, P ‫ 2␹ 700.0 ס‬test) (Table 1). Both thepresent in other populations of the Brazilian Amazon, resid- IgG1 and IgG3 antibody responses to MSP-119 by individuals FIGURE 1. Comparison of isotype-specific antibody responses to EBA-140 and EBA-181 fragment proteins in age-matched individuals livingin (A) Kumba, Cameroon (N ‫( ,)82 ס‬B) Mato Grosso, Brazil (N ‫ ,)71 ס‬and (C) the Amazon, Brazil (N ‫ .)93 ס‬Median values are indicated byhorizontal bars.
  4. 4. 980 FORD AND OTHERS TABLE 1Prevalence and magnitude of antibody responses to EBA fragment proteins and MSP-119 from age-matched individuals living in Kumba, Cameroon,* Mato Grosso, Brazil,† and the Amazon, Brazil‡ (measured by ELISA) Kumba, Cameroon Mato Grosso, Brazil Amazon, Brazil IgG1 IgG3 IgG1 IgG3 IgG1 IgG3 Positive Positive Positive Positive Positive Positive sera Median OD sera Median OD sera Median OD sera Median OD sera Median OD sera Median OD Antigen (%)§ (95% CI)¶ (%) (95% CI) (%) (95% CI) (%) (95% CI) (%) (95% CI) (%) (95% CI)EBA-181 38.1 0.07 65.0 0.28 5.9 0.001 5.9 0.020 10.3 0.04 69.2 0.14 aa1235–1345 (0.02–0.51) (0.29–0.93) (0–0.07) (0–0.04) (0.03–0.11) (0.13–0.25)EBA-140 96.4 1.23 100 1.17 11.8 0.014 29.4 0.042 25.6 0.02 38.5 0.08 aa141–756 (0.90–1.66) (1.07–1.69) (0–0.08) (0–0.24) (0.01–0.34) (0.10–0.34)EBA-140 20.0 0 70.8 0.14 5.9 0.001 5.9 0.001 7.7 0.04 28.5 0.03 aa350–440 (0–0.05) (0.13–0.71) (0–0.01) (0–0.03) (0.04–0.06) (0.04–0.17)EBA-140 80.0 0.14 80.0 1.33 11.8 0.001 23.5 0.001 30.8 0.06 30.8 0 aa799–963 (0–0.81) (0–2.50) (0–0.20) (0–0.43) (0.08–0.29) (0.01–0.13)EBA-140 80.0 0.27 81.8 0.79 29.4 0.050 11.8 0.001 12.8 0.04 38.5 0.04 aa967–1140 (0.11–0.42) (0.63–1.16) (0.03–0.11) (0–0.07) (0.04–0.06) (0.06–0.13)EBA-175 92.9 1.19 100 1.34 11.8 0.001 5.9 0.001 5.1 0 15.4 0.01 aa145–760 (0.90–1.46) (1.07–1.72) (0–0.04) (0–0.004) (0–0.08) (0.01–0.06)MSP-119 100 1.42 95.2 1.59 70.6 0.84 76.5 0.30 38.5 0.03 33.3 0 (1.03–1.54) (1.19–1.89) (0.45–1.17) (0.29–0.96) (0.26–0.72) (0.10–0.34) * 28 serum samples collected from Kumba, Cameroon. † 17 serum samples collected from Mato Grosso, Brazil. ‡ 39 serum samples collected from Amazon, Brazil. § Percentage of positive responders (% positive sera) are defined as those with an OD value greater than the cut-off OD which was defined as the mean + 3 standard deviations for the ODsof control sera or OD values > 0.1. ¶ Median ODs are shown with 95% confidence interval (CI).in Mato Grosso were significantly lower than the responses Mato Grosso to EBA-175 region II (P < 0.001 for both IgG1mounted by Cameroon individuals (P ‫ 2940.0 ס‬for IgG1 and and IgG3), the antibody response in the Amazon individualsP ‫ 8000.0 ס‬for IgG3) (Figure 2). The antibody responses to to EBA-175 region II was also significantly lower than thoseMSP-119 in the Amazon individuals were also significantly in the Cameroon individuals (P < 0.001 for both IgG1 andlower than the responses in the Cameroon individuals (P < IgG3) (Figure 2).0.001 for both IgG1 and IgG3) (Figure 2). Although the responses to the EBA proteins in the Ama- Notably, we found a significantly lower prevalence of both zon individuals were elevated compared with those fromIgG1 and IgG3 responses to EBA-175 region II (11.8% IgG1- Mato Grosso (Figures 1 and 2), both IgG1 and IgG3 re-positive responders and 5.9% IgG3-positive responders) in sponses to MSP-119 in individuals from the Amazon regionMato Grosso, which was in sharp contrast to the 93% IgG1- were significantly lower than those in Mato Grosso (P ‫ס‬positive responders and 100% IgG3-positive response in 0.0438 IgG1 and P ‫ 6000.0 ס‬IgG3) (Figure 2).Cameroon (P < 0.0001 for both ␹2 test) (Table 1). Both the Antibody responses to the C-terminal regions of EBA-181IgG1 and IgG3 antibody responses to EBA-175 region II by and EBA-140 in Cameroonians correlate with age. Screeningindividuals in Mato Grosso were significantly lower than the a small sample of adult individuals from Cameroon (N = 28,responses mounted by Cameroon individuals (P < 0.0001 for median age ‫ 23 ס‬years) revealed that the most antigenicboth) (Figure 2). Although the Amazonian individuals had fragments of the EBA proteins, in addition to EBA-140 re-significantly higher antibody responses than individuals from gion II, were the C-terminal regions of both EBA-181 and FIGURE 2. Comparison of isotype-specific antibody responses to EBA-175 region II and MSP19 in age-matched individuals living in living in(A) Kumba, Cameroon (N ‫( ,)82 ס‬B) Mato Grosso, Brazil (N ‫ ,)71 ס‬and (C) the Amazon, Brazil (N ‫ .)93 ס‬Median values are indicated byhorizontal bars.
  5. 5. ANTIBODY RESPONSES TO MALARIA INVASION LIGANDS 981EBA-140 (Figure 1). We extended our study to a larger popu- Grosso individuals had detectable antibody responses. Thus,lation (N ‫ ,081 ס‬median age ‫ )71 ס‬to perform an age cor- the Mato Grosso population had an apparently dichotomousrelation study in the Cameroonian population. Both the IgG3 response to the 2 sets of ligands, the MSPs versus the EBLs.antibody responses to the C-terminal regions of both EBA- Further analysis of a second set of Brazilian individuals living181 and EBA-140 were slightly increased with age (r ‫,391.0 ס‬ in the Amazon revealed that the individuals from MatoP ‫ 10.0 ס‬and r ‫ ,681.0 ס‬P ‫ ,210.0 ס‬respectively) (data not Grosso were not typical of the Brazilian immune response, asshown). EBA-140 region II-specific IgG3 responses were elevated EBA-140 and EBA-181 antibody responses werehighly elevated in all Cameroon individuals, at a 1:500 dilu- found in other regions of the Amazon, although with muchtion, regardless of age (data not shown). lower responses than those found in the Cameroonian popu- In addition, none of the antibody responses in Cameroon lation. Regardless, most of the Amazonian population waswere correlated to active infection with P. falciparum as in- still nonresponders to the EBA-175 region II protein similarlydicated by a positive blood smear (data not shown). as those from Mato Grosso. We put forward 2 hypotheses to explain these differences: (1) Exposure to the parasite in terms of both overall years DISCUSSION living in endemic areas and number of malaria infections has a direct effect on antibodies to various parasite antigens. A Malaria is a unique example of an infection where people careful look at the history of malaria in Brazil reveals manyexposed multiple times to the blood-stage parasite acquire epidemics associated with migration of a nonimmune popu-immunity with age and/or number of episodes. This ability to lation to malaria-endemic areas.34–36 Malaria in Brazil, whichcombat malaria is an important adaptive trait of populations accounts for 90% of the cases in South America, has in-living in endemic areas. The detection of significant differ- creased 3-fold during the past decade, and nearly 631,000ences in the expression of this trait and the identification of cases were reported in 2002. Of these infections, 80% are P.the factors involved should improve the understanding of the vivax and 20% are P. falciparum infections. Almost all re-host–parasite relationship and thus lead to advances in con- ported cases of malaria in Brazil originate in the Amazontrol strategies. region, where migrant populations and poor access to diag- This is the first study to examine the humoral response to nosis and treatment are major barriers to effective control ofthe invasion ligands EBA-140 and EBA-181 induced by natu- malaria. Migrant populations help to spread parasitesral infection. It is believed that effective immunity to P. fal- throughout the endemic regions and also contribute to theciparum blood-stage parasites involves the acquisition of in- spread of the disease in malaria-free areas, thus increasing thehibitory antibodies targeted to various antigens of the inva- risk for malaria outbreaks. It is believed that malaria in Matosive merozoite. The obligatory interaction between invasion Grosso could have originated from such migrant populationsligands and their cognate receptors on the RBC represents a and is characterized by a hypoendemic pattern of infection,potential target for inhibition by vaccine-induced antibodies. due mainly to its low demographic index. Thus, in MatoSome of the current most promising vaccine candidates are Grosso, antibodies against only the immunodominant anti-indeed such invasion ligands as exemplified by MSP-1, AMA- gens like MSP-119 and other MSPs were found, as exposure to1, and EBA-175.28 In this study, recombinant proteins repre- P. falciparum in these inhabitants would not be as high orsenting different fragments of P. falciparum EBA-140 and repeated as in the rest of the Amazon (relatively stable popu-EBA-181 were used to analyze the profile of naturally ac- lation), whose inhabitants are subjected to multiple malariaquired human antibodies to these proteins. The amino acid episodes in short periods of time. Malaria in the Braziliansequence homology between region II, which is the RBC- Amazon, on the other hand, was characterized by elevatedbinding domain, or region VI of the 2 EBL proteins is very antibody responses to all parasite ligands, including bothlow, < 25% and < 20%, respectively. The similarity between MSP-119 and the EBLs, although overall magnitudes werethe EBA members of the EBL family is attributed to their less than what was found in Africa. This substantial differenceconserved structures.29 Although we recognize that the tested in exposure levels to the parasite thus impacted antibody re-recombinant proteins may not represent all the conforma- sponse to these 2 sets of ligands in these 2 Brazilian popula-tional epitopes on the native EBLs, this study serves as a tions. Future studies in a larger population in the Brazilianspringboard for a future large-scale analysis of the antibody Amazon could confirm this hypothesis. (2) The repertoire ofresponses in these two populations. host RBC receptors available in specific populations will, We found that the Mato Grosso individuals did not mount over time, select for expression of specific parasite ligandsa strong humoral response against these two EBA ligands. that can mediate successful RBC invasion, and thus the im-This was in contrast to the African individuals in whom, con- mune responses to such ligands may be differential, correlat-siderable IgG1 and IgG3 antibodies were detectable to all the ing to their expression. In a recent study in Tanzania,37 it wasrecombinant EBA-140 and 180 fragments tested. In addition shown that expression levels of some of EBA and PfRHto the full-length region II of EBA-140, a fragment of the ligands correlated with the specific invasion pathway that theC-terminus of both EBA-140 and EBA-181 was also the most corresponding parasites used for invasion. The authors alsoantigenic in this Cameroonian population. However, both hypothesized that the ligand expression patterns may repre-populations mounted equally robust responses to the various sent frequency-dependent selection either by polymorphicMSPs (data not shown), which have been shown to be anti- host receptors or by immune responses. Therefore, our re-genic in a variety of different endemic populations.30–33 When sults, showing differences in the immunoreactivity, could bethe same sera were analyzed for immunoreactivity to the also linked to RBC heterogeneity between these 2 popula-GPA-binding domain of EBA-175 (EBA-175 region II), a tions which could have dictated parasite choice of invasiondominant member of the EBL family, only a few Mato pathways and thus expression of specific EBLs. We have pre-
  6. 6. 982 FORD AND OTHERSviously characterized the invasion pathways used by field iso- 2. Marsh K, 1992. Malaria—a neglected disease? Parasitology 104lates from Mato Grosso and found that EBA-175–mediated (Suppl): S53–S69. 3. Trape JF, Rogier C, Konate L, Diagne N, Bouganali H, Canqueinvasion was not the pathway of choice for the majority of B, Legros F, Badji A, Ndiaye G, Ndiaye P, Brahimi K, Ous-these strains. Although we do not yet know the preferred mane F, Druilhe P, Pereira Da Silva L, 1994. The Dielmoinvasion pathways used by isolates from the regions of the project: a longitudinal study of natural malaria infection andAmazon, the low anti-EBA-175 response we see in both Bra- the mechanisms of protective immunity in a community livingzilian populations could allude to a common low usage of the in a holoendemic area of Senegal. Am J Trop Med Hyg 51: 123–137.EBA-175–GPA invasion pathway. On the other hand, a study 4. 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