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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810865/cryptic-plasmodium-ovale-concurrent-with-mixed-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-malariae-infection-in-two-children-from-central-african-republic
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Cynthia Bichara, Philippe Flahaut, Damien Costa, Anne-Lise Bienvenu, Stephane Picot, Gilles Gargala
BACKGROUND: Since several malaria parasite species are usually present in a particular area, co-infections with more than one species of Plasmodium are more likely to occur in humans infected in these areas. In many mixed infections, parasite densities of the cryptic species may be low and often not recognized in clinical practice. CASE PRESENTATION: Two children (3 and 6 years old) adopted recently from Central African Republic were admitted to hospital because of intermittent fever...
August 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807879/apigenin-induced-abcc1-mediated-efflux-of-glutathione-from-mature-erythrocytes-inhibits-the-proliferation-of-plasmodium-falciparum
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Ohud Fallatah, Elias Georges
Plasmodium falciparum infection of mature normal erythrocytes leads to heightened oxidative stress that is tolerated in normal but not in erythrocytes from sickle-cell, β-thalassemia, and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency hosts. In this report, it was of interest to perturb the redox homeostasis of normal erythrocytes through drug-induced active efflux of glutathione via erythrocyte ABCC1 (member of the C- subfamily of the human ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters). To achieve this objective, we made use of apigenin, shown previously to activate ABCC1 glutathione efflux in mature erythrocytes...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807035/artemisinin-combination-therapy-mass-drug-administration-in-a-setting-of-low-malaria-endemicity-programmatic-coverage-and-adherence-during-an-observational-study-in-zanzibar
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Abdullah S Ali, Narjis G Thawer, Bakar Khatib, Haji H Amier, Joseph Shija, Mwinyi Msellem, Abdul-Wahid Al-Mafazy, Issa A Garimo, Humphrey Mkali, Mahdi M Ramsan, Jessica M Kafuko, Lynn A Paxton, Richard Reithinger, Jeremiah M Ngondi
BACKGROUND: Mass drug administration (MDA) appears to be effective in reducing the risk of malaria parasitaemia. This study reports on programmatic coverage and compliance of MDA using artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in four shehias (smallest administration unit) that had been identified as hotspots through Zanzibar's malaria case notification surveillance system. METHODS: Mass drug administration was done in four shehias selected on the basis of: being an established malaria hot spot; having had mass screening and treatment (MSaT) 2-6 weeks previously; and exceeding the epidemic alert threshold of 5 cases within a week even after MSaT...
August 14, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806961/molecular-analysis-demonstrates-high-prevalence-of-chloroquine-resistance-but-no-evidence-of-artemisinin-resistance-in-plasmodium-falciparum-in-the-chittagong-hill-tracts-of-bangladesh
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Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Benedikt Ley, Maisha Khair Nima, Fatema Tuj Johora, Mohammad Enayet Hossain, Kamala Thriemer, Sarah Auburn, Jutta Marfurt, Ric N Price, Wasif A Khan
BACKGROUND: Artemisinin resistance is present in the Greater Mekong region and poses a significant threat for current anti-malarial treatment guidelines in Bangladesh. The aim of this molecular study was to assess the current status of drug resistance in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh near the Myanmar border. METHODS: Samples were obtained from patients enrolled into a Clinical Trial (NCT02389374) conducted in Alikadam, Bandarban between August 2014 and January 2015...
August 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806957/clinical-and-molecular-surveillance-of-artemisinin-resistant-falciparum-malaria-in-myanmar-2009-2013
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Myat Htut Nyunt, Myat Thu Soe, Hla Win Myint, Htet Wai Oo, Moe Moe Aye, Soe Soe Han, Ni Ni Zaw, Cho Cho, Phyo Zaw Aung, Khin Thiri Kyaw, Thin Thin Aye, Naychi Aung San, Leonard Ortega, Krongthong Thimasarn, Maria Dorina G Bustos, Sherwin Galit, Mohammad Rafiul Hoque, Pascal Ringwald, Eun-Taek Han, Myat Phone Kyaw
BACKGROUND: Emergence of artemisinin-resistant malaria in Southeast Asian countries threatens the global control of malaria. Although K13 kelch propeller has been assessed for artemisinin resistance molecular marker, most of the mutations need to be validated. In this study, artemisinin resistance was assessed by clinical and molecular analysis, including k13 and recently reported markers, pfarps10, pffd and pfmdr2. METHODS: A prospective cohort study in 1160 uncomplicated falciparum patients was conducted after treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), in 6 sentinel sites in Myanmar from 2009 to 2013...
August 14, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806082/the-discovery-of-novel-antimalarial-aminoxadiazoles-as-a-promising-nonendoperoxide-scaffold
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Elena Sandoval, María José Lafuente-Monasterio, María J Almela, Pablo Castañeda, María Belén Jiménez Díaz, María S Martínez-Martínez, Jaume Vidal, Íñigo Angulo-Barturen, Paul Bamborough, Jeremy Burrows, Nicholas Cammack, María J Chaparro, José M Coterón, Cristina de Cozar, Benigno Crespo, Beatriz Díaz, Gerard Drewes, Esther Fernández, Santiago Ferrer-Bazaga, María Teresa Fraile, Francisco J Gamo, Sonja Ghidelli-Disse, Rubén Gómez, John Haselden, Sophie Huss, María Luisa León, Jaime de Mercado, Simon J F Macdonald, José Ignacio Martín Hernando, Sara Prats, Margarita Puente, Anne Rodríguez, Juan C de la Rosa, Lourdes Rueda, Carolyn Selenski, Paul Willis, David M Wilson, Michael Witty, Félix Calderón
Since the appearance of resistance to the current front-line antimalarial treatments, ACTs (artemisinin combination therapies), the discovery of novel chemical entities to treat the disease is recognized as a major global health priority. From the GSK antimalarial set, we identified an aminoxadiazole with an antiparasitic profile comparable with artemisinin (1), with no cross-resistance in a resistant strains panel and a potential new mode of action. A medicinal chemistry program allowed delivery of compounds such as 19 with high solubility in aqueous media, an acceptable toxicological profile, and oral efficacy...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800082/complete-chloroplast-genome-sequence-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-the-medicinal-plant-artemisia-annua
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Xiaofeng Shen, Mingli Wu, Baosheng Liao, Zhixiang Liu, Rui Bai, Shuiming Xiao, Xiwen Li, Boli Zhang, Jiang Xu, Shilin Chen
The complete chloroplast genome of Artemisia annua (Asteraceae), the primary source of artemisinin, was sequenced and analyzed. The A. annua cp genome is 150,995 bp, and harbors a pair of inverted repeat regions (IRa and IRb), of 24,850 bp each that separate large (LSC, 82,988 bp) and small (SSC, 18,267 bp) single-copy regions. Our annotation revealed that the A. annua cp genome contains 113 genes and 18 duplicated genes. The gene order in the SSC region of A. annua is inverted; this fact is consistent with the sequences of chloroplast genomes from three other Artemisia species...
August 11, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797235/polymorphisms-of-plasmodium-falciparum-k13-propeller-gene-among-migrant-workers-returning-to-henan-province-china-from-africa
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Chengyun Yang, Hongwei Zhang, Ruimin Zhou, Dan Qian, Ying Liu, Yuling Zhao, Suhua Li, Bianli Xu
BACKGROUND: Henan Province has been in the malaria elimination stage, with all reports of the disease being imported since 2012 and over 90% coming from Africa. Surveillance and population studies are essential for the early detection and subsequent prevention of the spread of drug resistance. The K13-propeller gene was recently identified as a proposed molecular marker of artemisinin (ART) resistance. In this study, we detected mutations of the K13-propeller gene in samples taken from imported malaria cases in Henan Province from 2012 to 2015...
August 10, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795024/chemopreventive-effect-of-artesunate-in-1-2-dimethylhydrazine-induced-rat-colon-carcinogenesis
#9
Sazal Patyar, Rakesh Raman Patyar, Bikash Medhi, Krishan Lal Khanduja
Artesunate (ART) is a semisynthetic derivative of artemisinin. Artemisinin and its derivatives have shown profound cytotoxicity and antitumor activity in addition to antimalarial activity in various studies. As the in vivo chemopreventive efficacy of ART in colon carcinogenesis has not been investigated so far, the aim of the current study was to study the chemopreventive effect of ART in 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH)-induced rat colon carcinogenesis. Animals were divided into four groups (n = 6): Group I - vehicle (1 mM ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), Group II - DMH (20 mg/kg), Group III - DMH + 5-fluorouracil (81 mg/kg), Group IV - DMH + ART (6...
July 2017: Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790788/artemisinin-naphthoquine-combination-a-directly-observed-treatment-option-in-malaria
#10
M S Mustafa, V Rastogi
Resistance to standard antimalarials has led to the need for newer options. Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), which require a tedious three-day treatment schedule, have been introduced for the treatment of drug-resistant malaria. Of late, the new generation artemisinin-naphthoquine (ANQ) combination has been developed, which requires a single dose treatment. Artemisinin initiates the action through the cleavage of the endoperoxide bridge while naphtoquine maintains the process by getting concentrated in the digestive vacuole of the parasite...
July 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777791/antimalarial-drug-resistance-linking-plasmodium-falciparum-parasite-biology-to-the-clinic
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REVIEW
Benjamin Blasco, Didier Leroy, David A Fidock
The global adoption of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) in the early 2000s heralded a new era in effectively treating drug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum malaria. However, several Southeast Asian countries have now reported the emergence of parasites that have decreased susceptibility to artemisinin (ART) derivatives and ACT partner drugs, resulting in increasing rates of treatment failures. Here we review recent advances in understanding how antimalarials act and how resistance develops, and discuss new strategies for effectively combatting resistance, optimizing treatment and advancing the global campaign to eliminate malaria...
August 4, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776016/mechanistic-investigation-of-the-specific-anticancer-property-of-artemisinin-and-its-combination-with-aminolevulinic-acid-for-enhanced-anticolorectal-cancer-activity
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Jigang Wang, Jianbin Zhang, Yin Shi, Chengchao Xu, Chongjing Zhang, Yin Kwan Wong, Yew Mun Lee, Sanjeev Krishna, Yingke He, Teck Kwang Lim, Weiying Sim, Zi-Chun Hua, Han-Ming Shen, Qingsong Lin
The antimalarial artemisinin (ART) possesses anticancer activity, but its underlying mechanism remains largely unclear. Using a chemical proteomics approach with artemisinin-based activity probes, we identified over 300 specific ART targets. This reveals an anticancer mechanism whereby ART promiscuously targets multiple critical biological pathways and leads to cancer cell death. The specific cytotoxicity of ART against colorectal cancer (CRC) cells rather than normal colon epithelial cells is due to the elevated capacity of heme synthesis in the cancer cells...
July 26, 2017: ACS Central Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774303/comparison-of-anti-malarial-drugs-efficacy-in-the-treatment-of-uncomplicated-malaria-in-african-children-and-adults-using-network-meta-analysis
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Solange Whegang Youdom, Rachida Tahar, Leonardo K Basco
BACKGROUND: Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) and novel drug combinations are available and used in African countries to treat uncomplicated malaria. Network meta-analysis methods are rarely and poorly applied for the comparison of their efficacies. This method was applied on a set of randomized controlled trials to illustrate its usefulness. METHODS: A literature review available in Pubmed was conducted in July 2016. Eligible studies, conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, published between 2002 and 2016, focused on randomized controlled trials of at least two artemisinin-based combinations to treat uncomplicated malaria in children and adults...
August 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770814/malaria
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REVIEW
Margaret A Phillips, Jeremy N Burrows, Christine Manyando, Rob Hooft van Huijsduijnen, Wesley C Van Voorhis, Timothy N C Wells
Malaria is caused in humans by five species of single-celled eukaryotic Plasmodium parasites (mainly Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax) that are transmitted by the bite of Anopheles spp. mosquitoes. Malaria remains one of the most serious infectious diseases; it threatens nearly half of the world's population and led to hundreds of thousands of deaths in 2015, predominantly among children in Africa. Malaria is managed through a combination of vector control approaches (such as insecticide spraying and the use of insecticide-treated bed nets) and drugs for both treatment and prevention...
August 3, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765885/anti-angiogenic-properties-of-artemisinin-derivatives-review
#15
Tianshu Wei, Ju Liu
Angiogenesis, the process involving the development of new blood vessels from existing capillaries, is critical for growth and wound healing. However, pathological angiogenesis contributes to the pathogeneses of numerous diseases, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Hence, the inhibition of angiogenesis is an effective therapeutic approach for these diseases. Apart from its anti-malarial properties, artemisinin and its derivatives also exhibit potent anti-angiogenic properties...
July 31, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755265/an-in-silico-strategy-for-identification-of-novel-drug-targets-against-plasmodium-falciparum
#16
Subhashree Rout, Namrata Priyadarshini Patra, Rajani Kanta Mahapatra
The apicomplexan parasite Plasmodium falciparum is responsible for global malaria burden. With the reported resistance to artemisinin chemotherapy, there is an urgent need to maintain early phase drug discovery and identify novel drug targets for successful eradication of the pathogen from the host. In our previous work on comparative genomics study for identification of putative essential genes and therapeutic candidates in P. falciparum, we predicted 11 proteins as anti-malarial drug targets from PlasmoDB database...
July 28, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752616/study-on-testicular-response-to-prolong-artemisinin-based-combination-therapy-treatments-in-guinea-pigs
#17
J S Aprioku, A C Mankwe
Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are first-line agents in malaria chemotherapy, but often abused in malaria endemic countries including Nigeria. This study investigated the effects of prolong treatment of artesunate-amodiaquine (ATS-Amod), artesunate-sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (ATS-SP) and artemether-lumefantrine (ATM-Lum) on testicular indices in guinea pigs. Sixty-five pigs were grouped into 13 (n = 5 per group). Six groups were given standard or double therapeutic dose equivalents of ATS-Amod, ATS-SP or ATM-Lum daily for 14 day and sacrificed 24 hr after treatments...
July 27, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749761/molecular-characterization-of-a-cluster-of-imported-malaria-cases-in-puerto-rico
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Stella M Chenet, Luciana Silva-Flannery, Naomi W Lucchi, Ljolje Dragan, Emilio Dirlikov, Kimberly Mace, Brenda Rivera-García, Paul M Arguin, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar
The Caribbean island of Hispaniola is targeted for malaria elimination. Currently, this is the only island with ongoing transmission of malaria in the Caribbean. In 2015, six patients from Puerto Rico and one from Massachusetts, who traveled to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, were confirmed to be infected with Plasmodium falciparum. Additional molecular analysis was performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to characterize the drug-resistant alleles and Plasmodium population genetic markers...
July 24, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749403/hiv-malaria-interactions-in-north-east-india-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Pradhyumn K Mohapatra, Elsa Pachuau, Chandra Kumar, Biswajit Borkakoty, Eric Zomawia, Achouba Singh, Kamini Walia, Rashmi Arora, Jagdish Mahanta, Sarala K Subbarao
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: The interactions between HIV and malaria co-infection have been shown to influence each other in their clinical outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa. This study was carried out in the two States of north east India endemic for both HIV and malaria infections, to study the interactions between the two diseases in the HIV-infected population. METHODS: In this prospective study, a total of 333 HIV-infected individuals were followed up for a period of 6-18 months in Mizoram and Manipur during 2010-2011...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746333/transmission-dynamics-of-co-endemic-plasmodium-vivax-and-p-falciparum-in-ethiopia-and-prevalence-of-antimalarial-resistant-genotypes
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Eugenia Lo, Elizabeth Hemming-Schroeder, Delenasaw Yewhalaw, Jennifer Nguyen, Estifanos Kebede, Endalew Zemene, Sisay Getachew, Kora Tushune, Daibin Zhong, Guofa Zhou, Beyene Petros, Guiyun Yan
Ethiopia is one of the few African countries where Plasmodium vivax is co-endemic with P. falciparum. Malaria transmission is seasonal and transmission intensity varies mainly by landscape and climate. Although the recent emergence of drug resistant parasites presents a major issue to malaria control in Ethiopia, little is known about the transmission pathways of parasite species and prevalence of resistant markers. This study used microsatellites to determine population diversity and gene flow patterns of P...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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