Agglutination Assays of the Plasmodium falciparum-Infected Erythrocyte
Tan J, Bull PC
Methods Mol Biol. 2015;1325
The agglutination assay is used to determine the ability of antibodies to recognize parasite variant antigens on the surface of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes. In this technique, infected erythrocytes are selectively labelled with a DNA-binding fluorescent dye and mixed with antibodies of interest to allow antibody-surface antigen binding. Recognition of surface antigens by the antibodies can result in the formation of agglutinates containing multiple parasite-infected erythrocytes. These can be viewed and quantified using a fluorescence microscope.