Close association of invading Plasmodium berghei and beta integrin in the Anopheles gambiae midgut.
We have used confocal microscopy and an antibody against Anopheles gambiae beta integrin to study this protein's distribution in the mosquito midgut and its relationship to invading Plasmodium berghei parasites. An extensive reorganization of integrin is seen to take place in the midgut epithelial cells following the uptake of either non-infected or parasite-infected blood meal, probably reflecting the reshaping of the gut due to the presence of the food bolus and the peritrophic membrane tha...Expand abstract
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