HLA class II factors associated with Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface antigen allele families

J Infect Dis. 1999 Apr;179(4):1042-5. doi: 10.1086/314661.


In Plasmodium falciparum malaria, certain human leukocyte antigens (HLA) and the parasite's merozoite surface antigens 1 and 2 (MSA-1, MSA-2) have been shown to influence the course of the infection. This report is on associations of distinct HLA factors with the occurrence of particular MSA families in a group of patients with either severe or mild P. falciparum malaria in Gabon. Different distributions of HLA-DPB1 alleles were found in the 2 groups. DR *04 alleles were observed more frequently among patients with severe malaria. Several alleles of different loci were associated with distinct MSA allele families. In addition, carriers of the amino acid methionine at position 11 of the DPA1 allele were more often infected by MSA-1 K1 parasites and less frequently by MSA-1 RO33 parasites. Furthermore, associations of HLA factors with polyclonal infections were found.

MeSH terms

  • Alleles*
  • Animals
  • Antigens, Protozoan / genetics*
  • Antigens, Surface / genetics*
  • Genes, MHC Class II*
  • HLA-DP Antigens / genetics
  • HLA-DR Antigens / genetics
  • Humans
  • Plasmodium falciparum / immunology*


  • Antigens, Protozoan
  • Antigens, Surface
  • HLA-DP Antigens
  • HLA-DR Antigens