Immunoelectron microscopy with protein A gold has been used to determine the subcellular location of the ring-infected erythrocyte surface antigen (RESA) of Plasmodium falciparum. RESA was associated with dense vesicles presumed to be micronemes within merozoites. RESA was not detected on the surface of merozoites but was located at the membrane of erythrocytes infected with ring-stage parasites. RESA within merozoites was largely soluble in the nonionic detergent Triton X-100, but was insoluble in this detergent when associated with the erythrocyte membrane.

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