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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634105/genetic-diversity-in-the-c-terminus-of-merozoite-surface-protein-1-among-plasmodium-knowlesi-isolates-from-selangor-and-sabah-borneo-malaysia
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Nan Jiun Yap, Xiang Ting Goh, Anson V Koehler, Timothy William, Tsin Wen Yeo, Indra Vythilingam, Robin B Gasser, Yvonne A L Lim
Plasmodium knowlesi, a malaria parasite of macaques, has emerged as an important parasite of humans. Despite the significance of P. knowlesi malaria in parts of Southeast Asia, very little is known about the genetic variation in this parasite. Our aim here was to explore sequence variation in a molecule called the 42kDa merozoite surface protein-1 (MSP-1), which is found on the surface of blood stages of Plasmodium spp. and plays a key role in erythrocyte invasion. Several studies of P. falciparum have reported that the C-terminus (a 42kDa fragment) of merozoite surface protein-1 (MSP-142; consisting of MSP-119 and MSP-133) is a potential candidate for a malaria vaccine...
June 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630585/identification-of-the-plasmodium-species-in-clinical-samples-from-children-residing-in-five-epidemiological-strata-of-malaria-in-cameroon
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Tebit Emmanuel Kwenti, Tayong Dizzle Bita Kwenti, Longdoh Anna Njunda, Andreas Latz, Kukwah Anthony Tufon, Theresa Nkuo-Akenji
BACKGROUND: Malaria in Cameroon was previously known to be caused solely by Plasmodium falciparum but today, evidence points to other Plasmodium species including P. vivax, P. ovale and P. malariae. The purpose of this study was to identify the Plasmodium species in clinical samples from children residing in five epidemiological strata of malaria in Cameroon, so as to advise control policies. METHODS: One thousand six hundred nine febrile children (≤15 years) were recruited from five epidemiological strata of malaria including the Sudano-sahelian (SS) strata, the High inland plateau (HIP) strata, the South Cameroonian Equatorial forest (SCEF) strata, the High western plateau (HWP) strata and the Coastal (C) strata...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619120/g6pd-deficiency-alleles-in-a-malaria-endemic-region-in-the-western-brazilian-amazon
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Jamille G Dombrowski, Rodrigo M Souza, Jonathan Curry, Laura Hinton, Natercia R M Silva, Lynn Grignard, Ligia A Gonçalves, Ana Rita Gomes, Sabrina Epiphanio, Chris Drakeley, Jim Huggett, Taane G Clark, Susana Campino, Claudio R F Marinho
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium vivax parasites are the predominant cause of malaria infections in the Brazilian Amazon. Infected individuals are treated with primaquine, which can induce haemolytic anaemia in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD)-deficient individuals and may lead to severe and fatal complications. This X-linked disorder is distributed globally and is caused by allelic variants with a geographical distribution that closely reflects populations exposed historically to endemic malaria...
June 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609010/submicroscopic-malaria-infections-in-pregnant-women-from-six-departments-in-haiti
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Maha A Elbadry, Massimiliano S Tagliamonte, Christian P Raccurt, Jean F Lemoine, Alexandre Existe, Jacques Boncy, Thomas A Weppelman, John B Dame, Bernard A Okech
OBJECTIVES: To describe the epidemiology of malaria in pregnancy in Haiti. METHODS: Cross-sectional study among pregnant women in 6 departments of Haiti. After obtaining informed consent, whole blood samples and demographic surveys were collected to investigate malaria prevalence, anemia and socio-behavioral risk factors for infection, respectively. 311 pregnant women were screened for Plasmodium falciparum infection using a rapid diagnostic test (RDT), microscopy, and a novel, quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction method (qRT-PCR)...
June 13, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607799/major-polymorphisms-of-genes-involved-in-homocysteine-metabolism-in-malaria-patients-in-ouagadougou-burkina-faso
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Noé Yameogo, Bapio Valérie Elvira Jean Télesphore Bazie, Abdoul Karim Ouattara, Pouiré Yameogo, Tegwinde Rebeca Compaore, Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah, Florencia Wenkuuni Djigma, Simplice Damintoti Karou, Jacques Simpore
This study analyzed the four main polymorphisms of the genes in homocysteine metabolism in malaria patients. Forty-two randomly selected subjects, diagnosed positive for Plasmodium falciparum, were included. The four genotypes were detected by real-time PCR using the MTHFR 677C>T, MTHFR 1298A>C, MTR 2756A>G, and MTRR 66A>G detection kit (Sacace Biotechnologies REF: T01002-96-S). The results revealed frequencies of 90% 677CC, 10% 677CT, and 00% 677TT for MTHFR C677T; 78.6% 1298AA, 19% 1298AC, and 2...
2017: Malaria Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607435/preferential-suppression-of-anopheles-gambiae-host-sequences-allows-detection-of-the-mosquito-eukaryotic-microbiome
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Eugeni Belda, Boubacar Coulibaly, Abdrahamane Fofana, Abdoul H Beavogui, Sekou F Traore, Daryl M Gohl, Kenneth D Vernick, Michelle M Riehle
Anopheles mosquitoes are vectors of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The vector microbiota is a likely factor influencing parasite transmission. The prokaryotic microbiota of mosquitoes is efficiently surveyed by sequencing of hypervariable regions of the 16s ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene. However, identification of the eukaryotic microbiota by targeting the 18s rRNA gene is challenging due to simultaneous amplification of the abundant 18s rRNA gene target in the mosquito host. Consequently, the eukaryotic microbial diversity of mosquitoes is vastly underexplored...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605553/pyruvate-kinase-and-fc-gamma-receptor-gene-copy-numbers-associated-with-malaria-phenotypes
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Imad Faik, Hoang van Tong, Bertrand Lell, Christian G Meyer, Peter G Kremsner, Thirumalaisamy P Velavan
Genetic factors are associated with susceptibility to many infectious diseases and may be determinants of clinical progression. Gene copy number variation (CNV) has been shown to be associated with phenotypes of numerous diseases, including malaria. We quantified gene copy numbers of the pyruvate kinase, liver and red blood cells (PKLR) gene as well as of the Fcγ receptor 2A and Fcγ receptor 2C (FCGR2A, FCGR2C) and Fcγ receptor 3 (FCGR3) genes using real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) assays in Gabonese children with severe (n=184) or and mild (n=189) malaria and in healthy Gabonese and Caucasian individuals (n=76 each)...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604825/burden-and-impact-of-plasmodium-vivax-in-pregnancy-a-multi-centre-prospective-observational-study
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Azucena Bardají, Flor Ernestina Martínez-Espinosa, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Norma Padilla, Swati Kochar, Maria Ome-Kaius, Camila Bôtto-Menezes, María Eugenia Castellanos, Dhanpat Kumar Kochar, Sanjay Kumar Kochar, Inoni Betuela, Ivo Mueller, Stephen Rogerson, Chetan Chitnis, Dhiraj Hans, Michela Menegon, Carlo Severini, Hernando Del Portillo, Carlota Dobaño, Alfredo Mayor, Jaume Ordi, Mireia Piqueras, Sergi Sanz, Mats Wahlgren, Laurence Slutsker, Meghna Desai, Clara Menéndez
BACKGROUND: Despite that over 90 million pregnancies are at risk of Plasmodium vivax infection annually, little is known about the epidemiology and impact of the infection in pregnancy. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We undertook a health facility-based prospective observational study in pregnant women from Guatemala (GT), Colombia (CO), Brazil (BR), India (IN) and Papua New Guinea PNG). Malaria and anemia were determined during pregnancy and fetal outcomes assessed at delivery...
June 12, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591198/single-dose-primaquine-to-reduce-gametocyte-carriage-and-plasmodium-falciparum-transmission-in-cambodia-an-open-label-randomized-trial
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Jessica T Lin, Chanthap Lon, Michele D Spring, Somethy Sok, Soklyda Chann, Mali Ittiverakul, Worachet Kuntawunginn, Mok My, Kheangheng Thay, Rifat Rahman, Sujata Balasubramanian, Mengchuor Char, Charlotte A Lanteri, Panita Gosi, Ratawan Ubalee, Steven R Meshnick, David L Saunders
BACKGROUND: Single low dose primaquine (SLD PQ, 0.25mg/kg) is recommended in combination with artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) as a gametocytocide to prevent Plasmodium falciparum transmission in areas threatened by artemisinin resistance. To date, no randomized controlled trials have measured primaquine's effect on infectiousness to Anopheline mosquitoes in Southeast Asia. METHODS: Cambodian adults with uncomplicated falciparum malaria were randomized to receive a single 45mg dose of primaquine (equivalent to three SLD PQ) or no primaquine after the third dose of dihydroartemisin-piperaquine (DHP) therapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587995/duffy-blood-group-system-new-genotyping-method-and-distribution-in-a-brazilian-extra-amazonian-population
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Marina Lobato Martins, Adão Rogerio da Silva, Hadassa Campos Santos, Michelle Teodoro Alves, Luciana Cayres Schmidt, Stela Brener Vertchenko, Luci Maria SantAna Dusse, Maria Clara Fernandes da Silva Malta
Duffy blood group system is of interest in several fields of science including transfusion medicine, immunology and malariology. Although some methods have been developed for Duffy polymorphism genotyping, not all of them have been sufficiently described and validated, and all present limitations. At the same time, the frequency of Duffy alleles and antigens in some densely populated regions of the world are still missing. In this study we present new tests for genotyping the major alleles of the Duffy blood system and describe Duffy alleles and antigens in blood donors and transfusion-dependent patients in Minas Gerais, Brazil...
June 3, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586401/3d-printing-and-milling-a-real-time-pcr-device-for-infectious-disease-diagnostics
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Geoffrey Mulberry, Kevin A White, Manjusha Vaidya, Kiminobu Sugaya, Brian N Kim
Diagnosing infectious diseases using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) offers a conclusive result in determining the infection, the strain or type of pathogen, and the level of infection. However, due to the high-cost instrumentation involved and the complexity in maintenance, it is rarely used in the field to make a quick turnaround diagnosis. In order to provide a higher level of accessibility than current qPCR devices, a set of 3D manufacturing methods is explored as a possible option to fabricate a low-cost and portable qPCR device...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579627/carriage-of-sub-microscopic-sexual-and-asexual-plasmodium-falciparum-stages-in-the-dry-season-at-navrongo-ghana
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Geoffrey R Atelu, Nancy O Duah, Michael D Wilson
BACKGROUND: We investigated the prevalence of sub-microscopic Plasmodium falciparum infections and gametocyte carriage in asymptomatic individuals in Navrongo in northern Ghana, an area of seasonal malaria transmission. DESIGN: A cross sectional study of 209 randomly selected participants of all age-groups was conducted in February and March, 2015. METHODS: Capillary blood samples collected from these individuals were used for the detection of both asexual and gametocyte stage parasites by microscopy, reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and conventional nested PCR methods...
December 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569159/fast-and-robust-single-pcr-for-plasmodium-sporozoite-detection-in-mosquitoes-using-the-cytochrome-oxidase-i-gene
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Diego F Echeverry, Nicholas A Deason, Victoria Makuru, Jenna Davidson, Honglin Xiao, Julie Niedbalski, Xiaoyu Yu, Jennifer C Stevenson, Hugo Bugoro, Allan Aparaimo, Hedrick Reuben, Robert Cooper, Thomas R Burkot, Tanya L Russell, Frank H Collins, Neil F Lobo
BACKGROUND: Molecular tools for detecting malaria-infected mosquitoes with improved practicality, sensitivity and specificity, and high-throughput are required. A common PCR technique used to detect mosquitoes infected with Plasmodium spp. is a nested PCR assay based on the 18s-rRNA gene. However, this technique has several technical limitations, is laborious and time consuming. METHODS: In this study, a PCR-based on the Plasmodium cytochrome oxidase I (COX-I) gene was compared with the 18s-rRNA nested PCR using serial dilutions (330-0...
May 31, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566213/role-of-mass-drug-administration-in-elimination-of-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-a-consensus-modelling-study
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Oliver J Brady, Hannah C Slater, Peter Pemberton-Ross, Edward Wenger, Richard J Maude, Azra C Ghani, Melissa A Penny, Jaline Gerardin, Lisa J White, Nakul Chitnis, Ricardo Aguas, Simon I Hay, David L Smith, Erin M Stuckey, Emelda A Okiro, Thomas A Smith, Lucy C Okell
BACKGROUND: Mass drug administration for elimination of Plasmodium falciparum malaria is recommended by WHO in some settings. We used consensus modelling to understand how to optimise the effects of mass drug administration in areas with low malaria transmission. METHODS: We collaborated with researchers doing field trials to establish a standard intervention scenario and standard transmission setting, and we input these parameters into four previously published models...
May 26, 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556586/dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine-versus-artesunate-amodiaquine-for-treatment-of-malaria-infection-in-pregnancy-in-ghana-an-open-label-randomized-non-inferiority-trial
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Joseph Osarfo, Harry Tagbor, Matthew Cairns, Michael Alifrangis, Pascal Magnussen
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHA-PPQ) is non-inferior to artesunate-amodiaquine (ASAQ) for treating uncomplicated malaria infection in pregnancy. METHODS: 417 second/ third trimester pregnant women with confirmed asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum parasitaemia were randomized to receive DHA-PPQ or ASAQ over 3 days. Women were followed up on days 1, 2, 3, 7, 14, 28 and 42 after treatment start and at delivery for parasitological, haematological, birth outcomes and at 6-weeks post-partum to ascertain the health status of the babies...
May 28, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554543/a-method-for-the-isolation-and-characterization-of-functional-murine-monoclonal-antibodies-by-single-b-cell-cloning
#16
Sara Carbonetti, Brian G Oliver, Vladimir Vigdorovich, Nicholas Dambrauskas, Brandon Sack, Emilee Bergl, Stefan H I Kappe, D Noah Sather
Monoclonal antibody technologies have enabled dramatic advances in immunology, the study of infectious disease, and modern medicine over the past 40years. However, many monoclonal antibody discovery procedures are labor- and time-intensive, low efficiency, and expensive. Here we describe an optimized mAb discovery platform for the rapid and efficient isolation, cloning and characterization of monoclonal antibodies in murine systems. In this platform, antigen-binding splenic B cells from immunized mice are isolated by FACS and cocultured with CD40L positive cells to induce proliferation and mAb production...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546554/high-throughput-resistance-profiling-of-plasmodium-falciparum-infections-based-on-custom-dual-indexing-and-illumina-next-generation-sequencing-technology
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Sidsel Nag, Marlene D Dalgaard, Poul-Erik Kofoed, Johan Ursing, Marina Crespo, Lee O'Brien Andersen, Frank Møller Aarestrup, Ole Lund, Michael Alifrangis
Genetic polymorphisms in P. falciparum can be used to indicate the parasite's susceptibility to antimalarial drugs as well as its geographical origin. Both of these factors are key to monitoring development and spread of antimalarial drug resistance. In this study, we combine multiplex PCR, custom designed dual indexing and Miseq sequencing for high throughput SNP-profiling of 457 malaria infections from Guinea-Bissau, at the cost of 10 USD per sample. By amplifying and sequencing 15 genetic fragments, we cover 20 resistance-conferring SNPs occurring in pfcrt, pfmdr1, pfdhfr, pfdhps, as well as the entire length of pfK13, and the mitochondrial barcode for parasite origin...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545457/malaria-prevalence-in-asymptomatic-and-symptomatic-children-in-kiwangwa-bagamoyo-district-tanzania
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Deborah Sumari, Felista Mwingira, Majige Selemani, Joseph Mugasa, Kefas Mugittu, Paul Gwakisa
BACKGROUND: Malaria prevalence continues to decline across sub-Saharan Africa as a result of various intervention strategies. However, the diseases still poses a public health concern in the region. While symptomatic malaria is recognized and treated, asymptomatic infections become increasingly important for interrupting transmission. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess malaria prevalence in symptomatic and asymptomatic children in Kiwangwa ward in Bagamoyo District in Tanzania...
May 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542335/interventions-that-effectively-target-anopheles-funestus-mosquitoes-could-significantly-improve-control-of-persistent-malaria-transmission-in-south-eastern-tanzania
#19
Emmanuel W Kaindoa, Nancy S Matowo, Halfan S Ngowo, Gustav Mkandawile, Arnold Mmbando, Marcelina Finda, Fredros O Okumu
Malaria is transmitted by many Anopheles species whose proportionate contributions vary across settings. We re-assessed the roles of Anopheles arabiensis and Anopheles funestus, and examined potential benefits of species-specific interventions in an area in south-eastern Tanzania, where malaria transmission persists, four years after mass distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs). Monthly mosquito sampling was done in randomly selected households in three villages using CDC light traps and back-pack aspirators, between January-2015 and January-2016, four years after the last mass distribution of LLINs in 2011...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542247/genetic-polymorphism-of-merozoite-surface-protein-2-msp-2-in-plasmodium-falciparum-isolates-from-pawe-district-north-west-ethiopia
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Hussein Mohammed, Moges Kassa, Ashenafi Assefa, Mekonnen Tadesse, Amha Kebede
BACKGROUND: In malaria endemic regions, Plasmodium falciparum infection is characterized by extensive genetic diversity. Describing this diversity provides important information about the local malaria situation. This study was conducted to evaluate the extent of genetic diversity of P. falciparum in Pawe district, North West Ethiopia, using the highly polymorphic merozoite surface protein 2 gene. METHODS: Atotal of 92 isolates from patients with uncomplicated P...
2017: PloS One
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