Encyclopedia of Parasitology

Living Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Var Gene Family

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4364-1

This family comprises about 60 genes that encode Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1), which is one of the best characterized parasite proteins on the surface of the host erythrocytes. Each parasite only expresses one var gene at any time.


Gene Family Membrane Protein Plasmodium Falciparum Erythrocyte Membrane Parasite Protein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieDüsseldorfGermany