RMgmDB - Rodent Malaria genetically modified Parasites


Malaria parasiteP. berghei
DisruptedGene model (rodent): PBANKA_1315300; Gene model (P.falciparum): PF3D7_1451600; Gene product: LCCL domain-containing protein (LAP5; FNPA, PbFNPA)
Phenotype Oocyst; Sporozoite;
Last modified: 18 February 2009, 01:59
Successful modificationThe parasite was generated by the genetic modification
The mutant contains the following genetic modification(s) Gene disruption
Reference (PubMed-PMID number) Reference 1 (PMID number) : 18761621
MR4 number
Parent parasite used to introduce the genetic modification
Rodent Malaria ParasiteP. berghei
Parent strain/lineP. berghei ANKA
Name parent line/clone P. berghei ANKA 2.34
Other information parent lineP. berghei ANKA 2.34 is a cloned, gametocyte producer line of the ANKA strain (PubMed: PMID: 15137943).
The mutant parasite was generated by
Name PI/ResearcherA. Ecker; R.E. Sinden
Name Group/DepartmentDivision of Cell and Molecular Biology
Name InstituteImperial College
CountryUnited Kingdom
Name of the mutant parasite
RMgm numberRMgm-98
Principal name∆lap5
Alternative name
Standardized name
Is the mutant parasite cloned after genetic modificationYes
Asexual blood stageNot different from wild type
Gametocyte/GameteNot different from wild type
Fertilization and ookineteNot different from wild type
Oocyst'Normal' numbers of oocysts are produced: 189% of wild type (86-298%). Sporozoite formation (sporulation) is strongly affected in the 'mature' oocysts. Most oocysts appear either immature/enlarged or degenerate/vacuolated.
SporozoiteVery low numbers of sporozoites are produced: 3.3% of wild type (0.9-7.8%). No tramission to C57BL/6 mice by mosquito bite
Liver stageNot tested
Additional remarks phenotype

The mutant lacks expression of LAP5 (FNPA)

Protein (function)
The lap5 gene is a member of a small conserved gene family, encoding proteins with multiple adhesive domains, for example a Lgl1 (LCCL)-lectin adhesive domain. In P. falciparum the LCCL domain-containing proteins are termed PfCCp's. LAP5 lacks the LCCL domain but has a domain architecture that indicates a vertical relationship with
PfCCp5/LAP3. It contains a fibronectin type 2 domain and an anthrax protective antigen N-terminal domain (Lavazec, C. et al., 2008, Mol. Biochem. Parasitol. 163, 1-7).
The LAP5 (FNPA) protein is detected in a proteome analysis of ookinetes.

Phenotype analyses indicate a role during oocyst development and sporozoite formation/production (see also additional information).

Additional information
Crossings of the mutant females with wild type males did not rescue the formation/production of sporozoites. Crossing of the mutant males with wild type females resulted in wild type production of sporozoites that were infectious to C57BL/6 mice.
Crossings between other mutants have shown that wild type males can rescue defects in females that affect ookinete invasion and traversal of the midgut wall at 18-30 hours after fertilization. The lack of rescue of the ∆lap5 mutant phenotype by crossing of mutant females with wild type males is suggestive of a role of LAP5 within a few hours after fertilization.

Other members of the LAP/CCp family of proteins have been analyzed by targeted gene disruption. A number of mutants lacking expression of these proteins show a comparable defect in development of oocysts and formation of sporozoites (RMgm-113, RMgm-114, RMgm-115: LAP1/PbSLAP/PbSR/CCp3; RMgm-118: LAP2/CCp1; RMgm-119: LAP4/CCp2; RMgm-120: LAP6, CCp4).

Other mutants

  Disrupted: Mutant parasite with a disrupted gene
Details of the target gene
Gene Model of Rodent Parasite PBANKA_1315300
Gene Model P. falciparum ortholog PF3D7_1451600
Gene productLCCL domain-containing protein
Gene product: Alternative nameLAP5; FNPA, PbFNPA
Details of the genetic modification
Inducable system usedNo
Additional remarks inducable system
Type of plasmid/construct usedPlasmid double cross-over
PlasmoGEM (Sanger) construct/vector usedNo
Modified PlasmoGEM construct/vector usedNo
Plasmid/construct map
Plasmid/construct sequence
Restriction sites to linearize plasmid
Partial or complete disruption of the geneComplete
Additional remarks partial/complete disruption
Selectable marker used to select the mutant parasitetgdhfr
Promoter of the selectable markerpbdhfr
Selection (positive) procedurepyrimethamine
Selection (negative) procedureNo
Additional remarks genetic modification
Additional remarks selection procedure
Primer information: Primers used for amplification of the target sequences  Click to view information
Primer information: Primers used for amplification of the target sequences  Click to hide information
Additional information primer 1AE08a (ApaI); 5'
Additional information primer 2AE08b (HindIII); 5'
Additional information primer 3AE08c (EcoRI); 3'
Additional information primer 4AE08d (BamHI); 3'
Sequence Primer 5
Additional information primer 5
Sequence Primer 6
Additional information primer 6