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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445973/plasmodium-parasite-as-an-effective-hepatocellular-carcinoma-antigen-glypican-3-delivery-vector
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Quan Liu, Yijun Yang, Xuefang Tan, Zhu Tao, Dickson Adah, Songlin Yu, Junnan Lu, Siting Zhao, Limei Qin, Li Qin, Xiaoping Chen
We have previously demonstrated that malaria parasite infection has an anti-tumor effect in a mouse model. This research aimed to investigate the possibility of using Plasmodium parasite as a novel vaccine vector for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) immunotherapy. We constructed a Plasmodium yoelii 17XNL strain (P.y) expressing murine glypican-3 (GPC3) protein (P.y-GPC3), and examined its therapeutic potency in a murine Hepa1-6-induced hepatoma model that highly expressed GPC3 protein. The prerequisites for invoking a CD8+ T cell response were assessed after P...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445677/overexpression-of-the-cytokine-baff-and-autoimmunity-risk
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Maristella Steri, Valeria Orrù, M Laura Idda, Maristella Pitzalis, Mauro Pala, Ilenia Zara, Carlo Sidore, Valeria Faà, Matteo Floris, Manila Deiana, Isadora Asunis, Eleonora Porcu, Antonella Mulas, Maria G Piras, Monia Lobina, Sandra Lai, Mara Marongiu, Valentina Serra, Michele Marongiu, Gabriella Sole, Fabio Busonero, Andrea Maschio, Roberto Cusano, Gianmauro Cuccuru, Francesca Deidda, Fausto Poddie, Gabriele Farina, Mariano Dei, Francesca Virdis, Stefania Olla, Maria A Satta, Mario Pani, Alessandro Delitala, Eleonora Cocco, Jessica Frau, Giancarlo Coghe, Lorena Lorefice, Giuseppe Fenu, Paola Ferrigno, Maria Ban, Nadia Barizzone, Maurizio Leone, Franca R Guerini, Matteo Piga, Davide Firinu, Ingrid Kockum, Izaura Lima Bomfim, Tomas Olsson, Lars Alfredsson, Ana Suarez, Patricia E Carreira, Maria J Castillo-Palma, Joseph H Marcus, Mauro Congia, Andrea Angius, Maurizio Melis, Antonio Gonzalez, Marta E Alarcón Riquelme, Berta M da Silva, Maurizio Marchini, Maria G Danieli, Stefano Del Giacco, Alessandro Mathieu, Antonello Pani, Stephen B Montgomery, Giulio Rosati, Jan Hillert, Stephen Sawcer, Sandra D'Alfonso, John A Todd, John Novembre, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Michael B Whalen, Maria G Marrosu, Alessandra Meloni, Serena Sanna, Myriam Gorospe, David Schlessinger, Edoardo Fiorillo, Magdalena Zoledziewska, Francesco Cucca
Background Genomewide association studies of autoimmune diseases have mapped hundreds of susceptibility regions in the genome. However, only for a few association signals has the causal gene been identified, and for even fewer have the causal variant and underlying mechanism been defined. Coincident associations of DNA variants affecting both the risk of autoimmune disease and quantitative immune variables provide an informative route to explore disease mechanisms and drug-targetable pathways. Methods Using case-control samples from Sardinia, Italy, we performed a genomewide association study in multiple sclerosis followed by TNFSF13B locus-specific association testing in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)...
April 27, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445672/a-baffling-association-between-malaria-resistance-and-the-risk-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Thomas Korn, Mohamed Oukka
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 27, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445503/therapeutic-efficacy-of-artemether-lumefantrine-against-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-a-high-transmission-area-in-northwest-ethiopia
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Michael Teklemariam, Ashenafi Assefa, Moges Kassa, Hussien Mohammed, Hassen Mamo
Malaria, particularly due to Plasmodium falciparum, remains a major public health threat in Ethiopia. Artemether-lumefantine (AL) has been the first-line antimalarial drug against uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria in the country since 2004. Regular monitoring of antimalarial drugs is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help early detection of drug resistant strains of the parasite and contain their rapid spread. The objective of this study was to assess the therapeutic efficacy of AL in a high-transmission setting in Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445440/micronutrient-status-among-pregnant-women-in-zinder-niger-and-risk-factors-associated-with-deficiency
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K Ryan Wessells, Césaire T Ouédraogo, Rebecca R Young, M Thierno Faye, Alex Brito, Sonja Y Hess
Anemia and micronutrient (MN) deficiencies in pregnant women are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. In Niger, 58.6% of pregnant women are anemic; however, MN statuses are unknown. The study objectives were to estimate the prevalence of MN deficiencies among pregnant women in Zinder, Niger and explore associated risk factors. Pregnant women living in randomly selected rural villages (n = 88) were included. Capillary and venous blood samples (n = 770) were analyzed for hemoglobin (Hb) and plasma ferritin, soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR), zinc (pZn), retinol binding protein (RBP), folate and vitamin B12...
April 26, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444232/co-trimoxazole-prophylaxis-asymptomatic-malaria-parasitemia-and-infectious-morbidity-in-hiv-exposed-uninfected-infants-in-malawi-the-ban-study
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Nicole L Davis, Jeffrey Wiener, Jonathan J Juliano, Linda Adair, Charles S Chasela, Dumbani Kayira, Michael G Hudgens, Charles van der Horst, Denise J Jamieson, Athena P Kourtis
Background: HIV-exposed infants are disproportionately at risk of morbidity and mortality compared with their HIV-unexposed counterparts. The role of co-trimoxazole preventive therapy (CPT) in reducing leading causes of infectious morbidity is unclear. Methods: We used data from the Breastfeeding, Antiretrovirals and Nutrition (BAN) clinical trial (conducted 2004-2010, Malawi) to assess the association of 1) CPT and 2) asymptomatic malaria parasitemia with respiratory and diarrheal morbidity in infants...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444184/can-school-based-distribution-be-used-to-maintain-coverage-of-long-lasting-insecticide-treated-bed-nets-evidence-from-a-large-scale-programme-in-southern-tanzania
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Logan Stuck, Angelina Lutambi, Frank Chacky, Paul Schaettle, Karen Kramer, Renata Mandike, Rose Nathan, Joshua Yukich
Many sub-Saharan African countries have achieved substantial gains in insecticide treated bednet coverage since 2005. The Tanzania National Malaria Control Programme identified school-based net distribution as one potential 'keep-up' strategy for the purpose of maintaining long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) coverage after a nationwide mass campaign in 2011. The School Net Programme (SNP) was implemented in three regions of southern Tanzania and distributed one LLIN to each enrolled child attending schools in primary grades (standards) 1, 3, 5 and 7, and secondary grades (forms) 2 and 4 in 2013 and again with slightly modified eligibility criteria in 2014 and 2015...
April 22, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442456/the-malaria-system-microapp-a-new-mobile-device-based-tool-for-malaria-diagnosis
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Allisson Dantas Oliveira, Clara Prats, Mateu Espasa, Francesc Zarzuela Serrat, Cristina Montañola Sales, Aroa Silgado, Daniel Lopez Codina, Mercia Eliane Arruda, Jordi Gomez I Prat, Jones Albuquerque
BACKGROUND: Malaria is a public health problem that affects remote areas worldwide. Climate change has contributed to the problem by allowing for the survival of Anopheles in previously uninhabited areas. As such, several groups have made developing news systems for the automated diagnosis of malaria a priority. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop a new, automated, mobile device-based diagnostic system for malaria. The system uses Giemsa-stained peripheral blood samples combined with light microscopy to identify the Plasmodium falciparum species in the ring stage of development...
April 25, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442321/high-prevalence-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-soil-transmitted-helminth-co-infections-in-a-periurban-community-in-kwara-state-nigeria
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Olarewaju A Babamale, Uade S Ugbomoiko, Jorg Heukelbach
Prevalence of malaria and soil-transmitted helminth infections, and the burden of disease are enormous in sub-Saharan Africa. Co-infections aggravate the clinical outcome, but are common due to an overlap of endemic areas. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess prevalence, intensity of infection and association between malaria and soil-transmitted helminth infections in a typical periurban community in Kwara State. Fresh blood and faecal samples were examined using thick blood film and Kato-Katz smear techniques...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442114/nested-multiplex-pcr-for-identification-and-detection-of-human-plasmodium-species-including-plasmodium-knowlesi
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Maria Miguel-Oteo, Adela I Jiram, Thuy H Ta-Tang, Marta Lanza, Shamilah Hisam, José M Rubio
OBJECTIVE: To develop a new technique for diagnosis of Plasmodium knowlesi and at the same time to be able to discriminate among the diverse species of Plasmodium causing human malaria. METHODS: In this study the nested multiplex malaria PCR was redesigned, targeting the 18S rRNA gene, to identify the fifth human Plasmodium species, Plasmodium knowlesi, together with the other human Plasmodium (Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale and Plasmodium malariae) by amplified fragment size using only two amplification processes and including an internal reaction control to avoid false negatives...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441969/molecular-identification-of-plasmodium-spp-and-blood-meal-sources-of-anophelines-in-environmental-reserves-on-s%C3%A3-o-lu%C3%A3-s-island-state-of-maranh%C3%A3-o-brazil
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Mayra Araguaia Pereira Figueiredo, Silvia Maria Di Santi, Wilson Gómez Manrique, Luiz Ricardo Gonçalves, Marcos Rogério André, Rosangela Zacarias Machado
BACKGROUND: Considering the diversity of feeding habits that females of some species of anophelines present, it is important to understand which vertebrates are part of blood food sources and how important is the role of each in the ecoepidemiology of malaria. There are many vector species for Plasmodium spp. in the State of Maranhão, Brazil. In São Luís Island, Anopheles aquasalis is the main vector for human malaria; this species is abundant in areas with primates that are positive for Plasmodium...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441959/serological-measures-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-malaria-control-programme-on-ambae-island-vanuatu
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Zulkarnain Md Idris, Chim W Chan, Mubasher Mohammed, Morris Kalkoa, George Taleo, Klara Junker, Bruno Arcà, Chris Drakeley, Akira Kaneko
BACKGROUND: Seroepidemiology can provide evidence for temporal changes in malaria transmission and is an important tool to evaluate the effectiveness of control interventions. During the early 2000s, Vanuatu experienced an acute increase in malaria incidence due to a lapse in funding for vector control. After the distribution of subsidised insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) resumed in 2003, malaria incidence decreased in the subsequent years. This study was conducted to find the serological evidence supporting the impact of ITN on exposure to Anopheles vector bites and parasite prevalence...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441956/what-happened-to-anti-malarial-markets-after-the-affordable-medicines-facility-malaria-pilot-trends-in-act-availability-price-and-market-share-from-five-african-countries-under-continuation-of-the-private-sector-co-payment-mechanism
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Sarah Tougher, Kara Hanson, Catherine Goodman
BACKGROUND: The private sector supplies anti-malarial treatment for large proportions of patients in sub-Saharan Africa. Following the large-scale piloting of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) from 2010 to 2011, a private sector co-payment mechanism (CPM) provided continuation of private sector subsidies for quality-assured artemisinin combination therapies (QAACT). This article analyses for the first time the extent to which improvements in private sector QAACT supply and distribution observed during the AMFm were maintained or intensified during continuation of the CPM through 2015 in Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda using repeat cross-sectional outlet survey data...
April 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440745/primaquine-in-plasma-and-methemoglobinemia-in-patients-with-malaria-due-to-plasmodium-vivax-in-the-brazilian-amazon-basin
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José Luiz Vieira, Michelle E S Ferreira, Michelle V D Ferreira, Margarete M Gomes
Primaquine is the only licensed drug available for the elimination of Plasmodium vivax hypnozoites. Methemoglobinemia is currently reported in the course of treatment. There is evidence that metabolites of primaquine formed by the cytochrome pathway are responsible for methemoglobin formation; a genetic polymorphism of cytochrome isoforms; and a potential influence of gender in the activities of these enzymes requiring the establishment of dose × response curves profiles in different population groups. Concentrations of primaquine in plasma and methemoglobin levels were investigated in 54 patients with malaria due to P...
April 3, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440300/insecticide-induced-leg-loss-does-not-eliminate-biting-and-reproduction-in-anopheles-gambiae-mosquitoes
#15
Alison T Isaacs, Amy Lynd, Martin J Donnelly
Recent successes in malaria control have been largely attributable to the deployment of insecticide-based vector control tools such as bed nets and indoor residual spraying. Pyrethroid-treated bed nets are acutely neurotoxic to mosquitoes, inducing symptoms such as loss of coordination, paralysis, and violent spasms. One result of pyrethroid exposure often seen in laboratory tests is mosquito leg loss, a condition that has thus far been assumed to equate to mortality, as females are not expected to blood feed...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439738/prospective-open-uncontrolled-phase-i-study-to-define-a-well-tolerated-dose-of-oral-artesunate-as-add-on-therapy-in-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer-artic-m33-2
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Cornelia von Hagens, Ingeborg Walter-Sack, Maren Goeckenjan, Julia Osburg, Brigitte Storch-Hagenlocher, Serkan Sertel, Michael Elsässer, Bjoern Andrew Remppis, Lutz Edler, Judith Munzinger, Thomas Efferth, Andreas Schneeweiss, Thomas Strowitzki
PURPOSE: The antimalarial drug artesunate (ART) is a promising candidate for cancer treatment as it displays anticancer effects in various models. While in short-term treatment of malaria, an excellent safety profile has been found for ART, the potential long-term treatment of cancer patients demands a phase I dose-finding clinical trial determining the daily ART dose which would be well tolerated as add-on therapy. METHODS: Patients with metastatic breast cancer were to receive either 100 or 150 or 200 mg oral ART daily as add-on to their guideline-based oncological therapy for a study period of four weeks with frequent clinical and laboratory monitoring until 4-8 weeks thereafter...
April 24, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439418/prevention-practices-influencing-frequency-of-occurrence-of-vaso-occlusive-crisis-among-sickle-cell-patients-in-abeokuta-south-local-government-area-of-ogun-state-nigeria
#17
Olorunfemi Emmanuel Amoran, Ahmed Babatunde Jimoh, Omotola Ojo, Temitope Kuponiyi
BACKGROUND: Africa is the most affected continent with 200,000 new born affected by sickle cell anemia annually with of 5% of under five deaths. Nigeria has the largest sickle cell gene pool in the world with about 2% of all babies born to Nigerian parents. This study therefore sets out to assess the prevention practices influencing the frequency of occurrence of vaso-occlusive crisis among patients in Ogun State. METHODS: This study is a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in Abeokuta South Local Government Area Ogun State...
2017: BMC Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438976/chemical-attenuation-in-the-development-of-a-whole-organism-malaria-vaccine
#18
Amber I Raja, Danielle I Stanisic, Michael F Good
Malaria vaccine development has been dominated by the subunit approach; however, many subunit vaccine candidates have had limited efficacy in endemic settings. As our search for an efficacious malaria vaccine continues, the development of a whole organism vaccine is now receiving much scrutiny. One strategy currently being explored in the development of a whole organism vaccine involves chemical attenuation of the malaria parasite. In vivo and in vitro chemical attenuation of both the liver-stage and blood-stage of Plasmodium parasites have been investigated...
April 24, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438929/molecular-profile-of-malaria-drug-resistance-markers-of-plasmodium-falciparum-in-suriname
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Stella M Chenet, Sheila Akinyi Okoth, Julia Kelley, Naomi Lucchi, Curtis S Huber, Stephen Vreden, Alexandre Macedo de Oliveira, John W Barnwell, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, Malti R Adhin
In Suriname, an artesunate monotherapy therapeutic efficacy trial was recently conducted to evaluate partial artemisinin resistance emerging in Plasmodium falciparum We genotyped the PfK13 propeller domain of P. falciparum in forty samples as well as other mutations proposed to be associated with artemisinin resistant mutants. We did not find any mutations previously associated with artemisinin resistance in Southeast Asia but we found fixed resistance mutations for chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine...
April 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438914/does-deforestation-promote-or-inhibit-malaria-transmission-in-the-amazon-a-systematic-literature-review-and-critical-appraisal-of-current-evidence
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Joanna M Tucker Lima, Amy Vittor, Sami Rifai, Denis Valle
Considerable interest in the relationship between biodiversity and disease has recently captured the attention of the research community, with important public policy implications. In particular, malaria in the Amazon region is often cited as an example of how forest conservation can improve public health outcomes. However, despite a growing body of literature and an increased understanding of the relationship between malaria and land use / land cover change (LULC) in Amazonia, contradictions have emerged. While some studies report that deforestation increases malaria risk, others claim the opposite...
June 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
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