Giardia lamblia undergoes antigenic variation by modulating the expression of the different genes that comprise the trophozoite's variant-specific surface protein (VSP) repertoire. We studied an epitope that is conserved among VSPs expressed by cloned trophozoite lines derived from the independent G. lamblia isolates WB, G3M, Be-2, and CAT. The epitope recognized by monoclonal antibody 6E7 lies entirely within the region of tandemly repeated 65-amino-acid units that is characteristic of these size-variant VSPs. Northern (RNA) hybridization, cDNA cloning, and DNA sequence analysis indicate that size heterogeneity among these VSPs is due to differences in the number of repetitive units.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Infection and Immunity|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|