Free-flow electrophoretic separation of Plasmodium berghei sporozoites

J Parasitol. 1983 Apr;69(2):360-7.


Sporozoites of the rodent malaria, Plasmodium berghei, were obtained from infected Anopheles stephensi by grinding mosquitoes, prepurifying the material in a discontinuous Hypaque gradient and further purifying by means of continuous free-flow electrophoresis. Bacteria, debris, mitochondria, mitoplasts, and other contaminants were removed in the electric field. The isolated sporozoites were morphologically intact and were positive in indirect immunofluorescence assay. They were infective to mice prior to and following free-flow electrophoretic separation. The surface of the sporozoites exhibited a polysaccharide-rich layer. The predominant surface protein labelled after surface iodination had a molecular weight between 42,000 and 46,000 daltons.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anopheles / parasitology*
  • Electrophoresis
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Plasmodium berghei / analysis
  • Plasmodium berghei / cytology
  • Plasmodium berghei / isolation & purification*
  • Polysaccharides / analysis
  • Proteins / analysis


  • Polysaccharides
  • Proteins