The circumsporozoite antigen of the simian malarial parasite,Plqsmodium knowlesi, consists of tandemly repeated immunodominant peptide units which may play a role in evading the immune system. To study the immunogenicity of this antigen in the absence of the immunodominant repeats, the whole of the non-repetitive region of this antigen has been expressed inEscherichia coli. The entire amino-terminal region up to the start of the repeats, and the full non-repetitive carboxyl region starting from the end of the repeats up to the termination codon, have been expressed separately, as fusion proteins with a 26 kD glutathione-S-transferase protein ofSchistosomq japonicum. A repeat-less truncated antigen has also been expressed as the same fusion protein. The amino-terminal fusion protein (GST-CSN), is a soluble protein of a molecular weight of 38 kD, which could be purified by affinity chromatography on immobilized glutathione. The carboxylterminal fusion protein (GST-CSC), is insoluble, migrates with an anomalous molecular weight of 32 kD, and binds to the affinity matrix weakly. The truncated repeat-less fusion protein (GST-CSNC) is also, an insoluble protein of molecular weight of 48 kD. Unlike the two separate domains, GST-CSNC is an extremely unstable protein inEscherichia coli.