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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342401/matched-placental-and-circulating-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites-are-genetically-homologous-at-the-var2csa-id1-dbl2x-locus-by-deep-sequencing
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Andreea Waltmann, Jaymin C Patel, Kyaw L Thwai, Nicholas J Hathaway, Christian M Parobek, Achille Massougbodji, Nadine Fievet, Jeffery A Bailey, Philippe Deloron, Jonathan J Juliano, Nicaise Tuikue Ndam, Steven R Meshnick
In pregnancy-associated malaria, infected erythrocytes accumulate in the placenta. It is unclear if in polyclonal infections this results in distinct peripheral and placental parasite populations. We used long amplicon deep sequencing of Plasmodium falciparum var2csa ID1-DBL2X from 15 matched peripheral and placental samples collected at delivery from a high transmission area to determine genetic homology. Despite substantial sequence variation and detecting 23 haplotypes, the matched pairs mostly contained the same genetic variants, with 11 pairs sharing 100% of their variants, whereas others showed some heterogeneity...
January 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342267/safety-of-single-dose-primaquine-in-g6pd-deficient-and-g6pd-normal-males-in-mali-without-malaria-an-open-label-phase-1-dose-adjustment-trial
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Ingrid Chen, Halimatou Diawara, Almahamoudou Mahamar, Koualy Sanogo, Sekouba Keita, Daouda Kone, Kalifa Diarra, Moussa Djimde, Mohamed Keita, Joelle Brown, Michelle E Roh, Jimee Hwang, Helmi Pett, Maxwell Murphy, Mikko Niemi, Bryan Greenhouse, Teun Bousema, Roly Gosling, Alassane Dicko
Background: The World Health Organization recommendation on the use of single low-dose primaquine (SLD-PQ) to reduce Plasmodium falciparum malaria transmission requires more safety data. Methods: We conducted an open-label, non-randomized, dose-adjustment trial of the safety of three single doses of primaquine in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD)-deficient adult males in Mali, followed by an assessment of safety in G6PD-deficient boys ages 11-17 years, and 5-10 years, including G6PD-normal control groups...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342212/sequence-variation-in-plasmodium-falciparum-merozoite-surface-protein-2-is-associated-with-virulence-causing-severe-and-cerebral-malaria
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Suwanna Chaorattanakawee, Pornlada Nuchnoi, Hathairad Hananantachai, Uranan Tumkosit, David Saunders, Izumi Naka, Jun Ohashi, Jintana Patarapotikul
Parasite virulence, an important factor contributing to the severity of Plasmodium falciparum infection, varies among P. falciparum strains. Relatively little is known regarding markers of virulence capable of identifying strains responsible for severe malaria. We investigated the effects of genetic variations in the P.f. merozoite surface protein 2 gene (msp2) on virulence, as it was previously postulated as a factor. We analyzed 300 msp2 sequences of single P. falciparum clone infection from patients with uncomplicated disease as well as those admitted for severe malaria with and without cerebral disease...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342187/induction-of-high-tolerance-to-artemisinin-by-sub-lethal-administration-a-new-in-vitro-model-of-p-falciparum
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Serena De Lucia, Ioannis Tsamesidis, Maria Carmina Pau, Kristina R Kesely, Antonella Pantaleo, Francesco Turrini
Artemisinin resistance is a major threat to malaria control efforts. Resistance is characterized by an increase in the Plasmodium falciparum parasite clearance half-life following treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) and an increase in the percentage of surviving parasites. The remarkably short blood half-life of artemisinin derivatives may contribute to drug-resistance, possibly through factors including sub-lethal plasma concentrations and inadequate exposure. Here we selected for a new strain of artemisinin resistant parasites, termed the artemisinin resistant strain 1 (ARS1), by treating P...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340840/application-of-gamma-irradiation-knowledge-in-tissue-sterilisation-inactivation-of-malaria-parasite
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Peter Myint
Malaria is one of the exclusion criteria used in selecting tissue donors and the absence of this information can lead to rejection of tissues for transplant. The studies on the malaria parasite have been confined to low dose attenuation of parasites in blood for transfusion purposes. There is no published information relating to the inactivation of malaria parasites with irradiation for the sterilisation of tissues. A dose-surviving parasite population following radiation was replotted using D0 value from a published paper whereby D10 value of 41 Gy was obtained...
January 16, 2018: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340263/diagnostic-delay-for-imported-malaria-a-case-of-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-misdiagnosed-as-common-cold
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Ryota Hase
A 37-year-old Japanese man experienced fever and headache 8 days after returning to Japan following a 6-month stay in Nigeria. He visited two clinics but was sent home from each with a diagnosis of common cold. He was eventually brought to the emergency department with an altered mental status. Severe P. falciparum malaria was confirmed; his initial parasitemia index was 5.4%. He recovered fully with antimalarial treatment. This case suggests that primary care physicians should obtain recent travel history and consider malaria for any febrile patient who has returned from a malaria-endemic area...
January 2018: Journal of General and Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339517/infected-erythrocytes-expressing-dc13-pfemp1-differ-from-recombinant-proteins-in-epcr-binding-function
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Yvonne Azasi, Gabriella Lindergard, Ashfaq Ghumra, Jianbing Mu, Louis H Miller, J Alexandra Rowe
Recent advances have identified a new paradigm for cerebral malaria pathogenesis in which endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) is a major host receptor for sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes (IEs) in the brain and other vital organs. The parasite adhesins that bind EPCR are members of the IE variant surface antigen family Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) containing specific adhesion domains called domain cassette (DC) 8 and DC13. The binding interaction site between PfEMP1 and EPCR has been mapped by biophysical and crystallography studies using recombinant proteins...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339392/a-novel-piperazine-based-drug-lead-for-cryptosporidiosis-from-the-medicines-for-malaria-venture-open-access-malaria-box
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R S Jumani, K Bessoff, M S Love, P Miller, E E Stebbins, J E Teixeira, M A Campbell, M J Meyers, J A Zambriski, V Nunez, A K Woods, C W McNamara, C D Huston
Cryptosporidiosis causes life-threatening diarrhea in children under age five, and prolonged diarrhea in immunodeficient people, especially AIDS patients. The standard of care, nitazoxanide, is modestly effective in children and ineffective in immunocompromised individuals. In addition to a need for new drugs, better knowledge of drug properties that drive in vivo efficacy is needed to facilitate drug development. We report identification of a piperazine-based lead compound for Cryptosporidium drug development, MMV665917, and a new pharmacodynamic method used for its characterization...
January 16, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339390/identification-of-hsp90-inhibitors-with-anti-plasmodium-activity
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Dora Posfai, Amber L Eubanks, Allison I Keim, Kuan-Yi Lu, Grace Z Wang, Philip F Hughes, Nobutaka Kato, Timothy A Haystead, Emily R Derbyshire
Malaria remains a global health burden partly due to Plasmodium parasite resistance to first-line therapeutics. The molecular chaperone heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) has emerged as an essential protein for blood stage Plasmodium parasites, but details about its function during malaria's elusive liver stage are unclear. We used target-based screens to identify compounds that bind to Plasmodium falciparum and human Hsp90, which revealed insights into chemotypes with species selective binding. Using cell-based malaria assays, we demonstrate that all identified Hsp90-binding compounds are liver and blood stage Plasmodium inhibitors...
January 16, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338985/the-shikimate-pathway-enzyme-that-generates-chorismate-is-not-required-for-the-development-of-plasmodium-berghei-in-the-mammalian-host-nor-the-mosquito-vector
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Hadi Hasan Choudhary, Pratik Narain Srivastava, Subhash Singh, Kota Arun Kumar, Satish Mishra
In Plasmodium, the shikimate pathway is a potential target for malaria chemotherapy owing to its absence in the mammalian host. Chorismate, the end product of this pathway, serves as a precursor for aromatic amino acids, Para-aminobenzoic acid and ubiquinone, and is synthesised by Chorismate synthase (CS). Therefore, it follows that the Cs locus may be refractory to genetic manipulation. By utilising a conditional mutagenesis system of yeast Flp/FRT, we demonstrate an unexpectedly dispensable role of CS in Plasmodium...
January 12, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338786/a-systematic-review-of-transfusion-transmitted-malaria-in-non-endemic-areas
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Federica Verra, Andrea Angheben, Elisa Martello, Giovanni Giorli, Francesca Perandin, Zeno Bisoffi
BACKGROUND: Transfusion-transmitted malaria (TTM) is an accidental Plasmodium infection caused by whole blood or a blood component transfusion from a malaria infected donor to a recipient. Infected blood transfusions directly release malaria parasites in the recipient's bloodstream triggering the development of high risk complications, and potentially leading to a fatal outcome especially in individuals with no previous exposure to malaria or in immuno-compromised patients. A systematic review was conducted on TTM case reports in non-endemic areas to describe the epidemiological characteristics of blood donors and recipients...
January 16, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338760/increased-plasmodium-chabaudi-malaria-mortality-in-mice-with-nutritional-iron-deficiency-can-be-reduced-by-short-term-adjunctive-iron-supplementation
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Filip C Castberg, Lasse Maretty, Trine Staalsoe, Casper Hempel, Erik Clasen-Linde, Lars Hviid, Jørgen A L Kurtzhals
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency is the most widespread nutrient deficiency and an important cause of developmental impairment in children. However, some studies have indicated that iron deficiency can also protect against malaria, which is a leading cause of childhood morbidity and mortality in large parts of the world. This has rendered interventions against iron deficiency in malaria-endemic areas controversial. METHODS: The effect of nutritional iron deficiency on the clinical outcome of Plasmodium chabaudi AS infection in A/J mice and the impact of intravenous iron supplementation with ferric carboxymaltose were studied before and after parasite infection...
January 16, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338736/spatial-panorama-of-malaria-prevalence-in-africa-under-climate-change-and-interventions-scenarios
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Francois M Moukam Kakmeni, Ritter Y A Guimapi, Frank T Ndjomatchoua, Sansoa A Pedro, James Mutunga, Henri E Z Tonnang
BACKGROUND: Malaria is highly sensitive to climatic variables and is strongly influenced by the presence of vectors in a region that further contribute to parasite development and sustained disease transmission. Mathematical analysis of malaria transmission through the use and application of the value of the basic reproduction number (R0) threshold is an important and useful tool for the understanding of disease patterns. METHODS: Temperature dependence aspect of R0 obtained from dynamical mathematical network model was used to derive the spatial distribution maps for malaria transmission under different climatic and intervention scenarios...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338726/a-case-of-blackwater-fever-with-persistent-plasmodium-falciparum-parasitaemia-detected-by-pcr-after-artemether-lumefantrine-treatment
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Paul John Huggan, Chin Hin Ng, Jennifer Ho, Raymond Tzer Pin Valentine Lin, Jean-Marc Chavatte
BACKGROUND: Blackwater fever is a complication of malaria infection consisting of a syndrome of febrile intra-vascular haemolysis with severe anaemia and intermittent passage of dark-red to black colour urine. Despite numerous reports and studies of this condition, its pathogenesis remains incompletely understood. CASE PRESENTATION: This report describes a case of classic blackwater fever in a returning traveller, without prior history of malaria infection nor usage of anti-malarial prophylaxis, treated with two courses of oral artemether-lumefantrine combination therapy...
January 16, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338720/manual-exchange-transfusion-for-severe-imported-falciparum-malaria-a-retrospective-study
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Jinfeng Lin, Xiaoying Huang, Gang Qin, Suyan Zhang, Weiwei Sun, Yadong Wang, Ke Ren, Junxian Xu, Xudong Han
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of exchange transfusion in patients with severe imported falciparum malaria. Twelve patients who met the diagnostic criteria for severe malaria were treated with exchange transfusion 14 times according to a conventional anti-malarial treatment. This study evaluated the efficacy of exchange transfusion for severe imported falciparum malaria. METHODS: Clinical data of severe imported falciparum malaria patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Nantong Third People's Hospital from January 2007 to December 2016 were investigated in this retrospective study...
January 16, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338719/preventing-malaria-in-the-peruvian-amazon-a-qualitative-study-in-iquitos-peru
#16
Ian Newell, Connie Wiskin, James Anthoney, Graciela Meza, Gilles de Wildt
BACKGROUND: In Peru, despite decades of concerted control efforts, malaria remains a significant public health burden. Peru has recently exhibited a dramatic rise in malaria incidence, impeding South America's progress towards malaria elimination. The Amazon basin, in particular the Loreto region of Peru, has been identified as a target for the implementation of intensified control strategies, aiming for elimination. No research has addressed why vector control strategies in Loreto have had limited impact in the past, despite vector control elsewhere being highly effective in reducing malaria transmission...
January 16, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336158/chromosome-gene-orientations-inversion-networks-goins-of-plasmodium-proteome
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Viviana F Quevedo-Tumailli, Bernabe Ortega-Tenezaca, Humbert Gonzalez-Diaz
The spatial distribution of genes in chromosomes seems not to be random. For instance, only 10% of genes are transcribed from bidirectional promoters in humans and many more are organised in larger clusters. This raises intriguing questions asked by different authors before. We would like to add a few more questions in this context, related to gene orientation inversions. Does gene orientation (inversion) follow a random pattern? Is it relevant to biological activity somehow? In this paper, we define a new kind of network coined as the Gene Orientation Inversion Network (GOIN)...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335015/cryptic-diversity-in-an-atlantic-forest-malaria-vector-from-the-mountains-of-south-east-brazil
#18
Guilherme de Rezende Dias, Thais Tenorio Soares Fujii, Bernardo Fernandes Fogel, Ricardo Lourenço-de-Oliveira, Teresa Fernandes Silva-do-Nascimento, André Nóbrega Pitaluga, Carlos José Carvalho-Pinto, Antonio Bernardo Carvalho, Alexandre Afrânio Peixoto, Luísa Damazio Pitaluga Rona
BACKGROUND: Anopheles (Kerteszia) cruzii is the primary vector of human and simian malarias in Brazilian regions covered by the Atlantic Rainforest. Previous studies found that An. cruzii presents high levels of behavioural, chromosomal and molecular polymorphisms, which led to the hypothesis that it may be a complex of cryptic species. Here, An. cruzii specimens were collected in five sites in South-East Brazil located at different altitudes on the inner and coastal slopes of two mountain ranges covered by Atlantic Rainforest, known as Serra do Mar and Serra da Mantiqueria...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335000/molecular-characterization-of-babesia-microti-thioredoxin-bmtrx2-and-its-expression-patterns-induced-by-antiprotozoal-drugs
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Jingwei Huang, Kang Xiong, Houshuang Zhang, Yanzhen Zhao, Jie Cao, Haiyan Gong, Yongzhi Zhou, Jinlin Zhou
BACKGROUND: Human babesiosis is an infectious disease that is epidemic in various regions all over the world. The predominant causative pathogen of this disease is the intra-erythrocytic parasite Babesia microti. The thioredoxin system is one of the major weapons that is used in the resistance to the reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) produced by host immune system. In other intra-erythrocytic apicomplexans like the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, anti-oxidative proteins are promising targets for the development of anti-parasitic drugs...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334982/genome-wide-identification-characterization-and-classification-of-ionotropic-glutamate-receptor-genes-iglurs-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-sinensis-diptera-culicidae
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Ting-Ting Wang, Feng-Ling Si, Zheng-Bo He, Bin Chen
BACKGROUND: Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) are conserved ligand-gated ion channel receptors, and ionotropic receptors (IRs) were revealed as a new family of iGluRs. Their subdivision was unsettled, and their characteristics are little known. Anopheles sinensis is a major malaria vector in eastern Asia, and its genome was recently well sequenced and annotated. METHODS: We identified iGluR genes in the An. sinensis genome, analyzed their characteristics including gene structure, genome distribution, domains and specific sites by bioinformatic methods, and deduced phylogenetic relationships of all iGluRs in An...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
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