Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.423, No.4, 857-862, 2012
Steric-electronic effects in malarial peptides inducing sterile immunity
Conserved Plasmodium falciparum high activity binding peptides' (HABPs) most relevant proteins involved in malaria parasite invasion are immunologically silent; critical binding residues must therefore be specifically replaced to render them highly immunogenic and protection-inducing. Such changes have a tremendous impact on these peptides' steric-electronic effects, such as modifications to peptide length peptide bonds and electronic orbitals' disposition, to allow a better fit into immune system MHCII molecules and better interaction with the TCR which might account for the final immunological outcome. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.