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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213434/malaria-during-pregnancy
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Michal Fried, Patrick E Duffy
One hundred and twenty-five million women in malaria-endemic areas become pregnant each year (see Dellicour et al. PLoS Med7: e1000221 [2010]) and require protection from infection to avoid disease and death for themselves and their offspring. Chloroquine prophylaxis was once a safe approach to prevention but has been abandoned because of drug-resistant parasites, and intermittent presumptive treatment with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, which is currently used to protect pregnant women throughout Africa, is rapidly losing its benefits for the same reason...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209188/erratum-to-characterization-of-a-plasmodium-berghei-sexual-stage-antigen-pbph-as-a-new-candidate-for-malaria-transmission-blocking-vaccine
#2
Xu Kou, Wenqi Zheng, Feng Du, Fei Liu, Meilian Wang, Qi Fan, Liwang Cui, Enjie Luo, Yaming Cao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202027/a-novel-pfs38-protein-complex-on-the-surface-of-plasmodium-falciparum-blood-stage-merozoites
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Gourab Paul, Arunaditya Deshmukh, Inderjeet Kaur, Sumit Rathore, Surbhi Dabral, Ashutosh Panda, Susheel Kumar Singh, Asif Mohmmed, Michael Theisen, Pawan Malhotra
BACKGROUND: The Plasmodium genome encodes for a number of 6-Cys proteins that contain a module of six cysteine residues forming three intramolecular disulphide bonds. These proteins have been well characterized at transmission as well as hepatic stages of the parasite life cycle. In the present study, a large complex of 6-Cys proteins: Pfs41, Pfs38 and Pfs12 and three other merozoite surface proteins: Glutamate-rich protein (GLURP), SERA5 and MSP-1 were identified on the Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface...
February 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199305/sterile-protection-against-human-malaria-by-chemoattenuated-pfspz-vaccine
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Benjamin Mordmüller, Güzin Surat, Heimo Lagler, Sumana Chakravarty, Andrew S Ishizuka, Albert Lalremruata, Markus Gmeiner, Joseph J Campo, Meral Esen, Adam J Ruben, Jana Held, Carlos Lamsfus Calle, Juliana B Mengue, Tamirat Gebru, Javier Ibáñez, Mihály Sulyok, Eric R James, Peter F Billingsley, K C Natasha, Anita Manoj, Tooba Murshedkar, Anusha Gunasekera, Abraham G Eappen, Tao Li, Richard E Stafford, Minglin Li, Phil L Felgner, Robert A Seder, Thomas L Richie, B Kim Lee Sim, Stephen L Hoffman, Peter G Kremsner
A highly protective malaria vaccine would greatly facilitate the prevention and elimination of malaria and containment of drug-resistant parasites. A high level (more than 90%) of protection against malaria in humans has previously been achieved only by immunization with radiation-attenuated Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) sporozoites (PfSPZ) inoculated by mosquitoes; by intravenous injection of aseptic, purified, radiation-attenuated, cryopreserved PfSPZ ('PfSPZ Vaccine'); or by infectious PfSPZ inoculated by mosquitoes to volunteers taking chloroquine or mefloquine (chemoprophylaxis with sporozoites)...
February 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195530/structural-basis-for-inhibition-of-erythrocyte-invasion-by-antibodies-to-plasmodium-falciparum-protein-cyrpa
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Lin Chen, Yibin Xu, Wilson Wong, Jennifer K Thompson, Julie Healer, Ethan Goddard-Borger, Michael C Lawrence, Alan F Cowman
Plasmodium falciparum causes malaria in humans with over 450,000 deaths annually. The asexual blood stage involves invasion of erythrocytes by merozoites, in which they grow and divide to release daughter merozoites, which in turn invade new erythrocytes perpetuating the cycle responsible for malaria. A key step in merozoite invasion is the essential binding of PfRh5/CyRPA/PfRipr complex to basigin, a step linked to formation of a pore between merozoites and erythrocytes. We show CyRPA interacts directly with PfRh5...
February 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195038/structure-of-the-malaria-vaccine-candidate-antigen-cyrpa-and-its-complex-with-a-parasite-invasion-inhibitory-antibody
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Paola Favuzza, Elena Guffart, Marco Tamborrini, Bianca Scherer, Anita M Dreyer, Arne C Rufer, Johannes Erny, Joerg Hoernschemeyer, Ralf Thoma, Georg Schmid, Bernard Gsell, Araceli Lamelas, Joerg Benz, Catherine Joseph, Hugues Matile, Gerd Pluschke, Markus G Rudolph
Invasion of erythrocytes by Plasmodial merozoites is a composite process involving the interplay of several proteins. Among them, the Plasmodium falciparum Cysteine-Rich Protective Antigen (PfCyRPA) is a crucial component of a ternary complex, including Reticulocyte binding-like Homologous protein 5 (PfRH5) and the RH5-interacting protein (PfRipr), essential for erythrocyte invasion. Here we present the crystal structure of PfCyRPA and of its complex with the antigen-binding fragment of a parasite growth inhibitory antibody...
February 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193898/systems-analysis-of-protective-immune-responses-to-rts-s-malaria-vaccination-in-humans
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Dmitri Kazmin, Helder I Nakaya, Eva K Lee, Matthew J Johnson, Robbert van der Most, Robert A van den Berg, W Ripley Ballou, Erik Jongert, Ulrike Wille-Reece, Christian Ockenhouse, Alan Aderem, Daniel E Zak, Jerald Sadoff, Jenny Hendriks, Jens Wrammert, Rafi Ahmed, Bali Pulendran
RTS,S is an advanced malaria vaccine candidate and confers significant protection against Plasmodium falciparum infection in humans. Little is known about the molecular mechanisms driving vaccine immunity. Here, we applied a systems biology approach to study immune responses in subjects receiving three consecutive immunizations with RTS,S (RRR), or in those receiving two immunizations of RTS,S/AS01 following a primary immunization with adenovirus 35 (Ad35) (ARR) vector expressing circumsporozoite protein. Subsequent controlled human malaria challenge (CHMI) of the vaccinees with Plasmodium-infected mosquitoes, 3 wk after the final immunization, resulted in ∼50% protection in both groups of vaccinees...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187990/how-to-contain-artemisinin-and-multidrug-resistant-falciparum-malaria
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REVIEW
Arjen M Dondorp, Frank M Smithuis, Charley Woodrow, Lorenz von Seidlein
In the Greater Mekong subregion (GMS), artemisinin resistance is increasingly compounded by partner drug resistance, causing high failure rates of artemisinin combination therapies in some areas. For its containment, an accelerated elimination strategy will be needed. This includes high-quality implementation of conventional malaria control measures: early case management with quality artemisinin combination therapies (avoiding artesunate monotherapies) and single gametocytocidal low dose of primaquine, vector control and surveillance...
February 7, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186186/p113-is-a-merozoite-surface-protein-that-binds-the-n-terminus-of-plasmodium-falciparum-rh5
#9
Francis Galaway, Laura G Drought, Maria Fala, Nadia Cross, Alison C Kemp, Julian C Rayner, Gavin J Wright
Invasion of erythrocytes by Plasmodium falciparum merozoites is necessary for malaria pathogenesis and is therefore a primary target for vaccine development. RH5 is a leading subunit vaccine candidate because anti-RH5 antibodies inhibit parasite growth and the interaction with its erythrocyte receptor basigin is essential for invasion. RH5 is secreted, complexes with other parasite proteins including CyRPA and RIPR, and contains a conserved N-terminal region (RH5Nt) of unknown function that is cleaved from the native protein...
February 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183824/global-cancer-in-women-cancer-control-priorities
#10
Farhad Islami, Lindsey A Torre, Jeffrey M Drope, Elizabeth M Ward, Ahmedin Jemal
The global burden of cancer in women has recently received much attention, but there are few comprehensive reviews of the burden and policy approaches to reduce it. This paper, second in series of two, summarizes the most important cancer control priorities with specific examples of proven interventions, with a particular focus on primary prevention in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). There are a number of effective cancer control measures available to countries of all resource levels. Many of these measures are extremely cost-effective, especially in the case of tobacco control and vaccination...
February 9, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182750/chemoprophylaxis-with-sporozoite-immunization-in-p-knowlesi-rhesus-monkeys-confers-protection-and-elicits-sporozoite-specific-memory-t-cells-in-the-liver
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Sathit Pichyangkul, Michele D Spring, Kosol Yongvanitchit, Utaiwan Kum-Arb, Amporn Limsalakpetch, Rawiwan Im-Erbsin, Ratawan Ubalee, Pattaraporn Vanachayangkul, Edmond J Remarque, Evelina Angov, Philip L Smith, David L Saunders
Whole malaria sporozoite vaccine regimens are promising new strategies, and some candidates have demonstrated high rates of durable clinical protection associated with memory T cell responses. Little is known about the anatomical distribution of memory T cells following whole sporozoite vaccines, and immunization of nonhuman primates can be used as a relevant model for humans. We conducted a chemoprophylaxis with sporozoite (CPS) immunization in P. knowlesi rhesus monkeys and challenged via mosquito bites. Half of CPS immunized animals developed complete protection, with a marked delay in parasitemia demonstrated in the other half...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179404/a-plasmodium-vivax-plasmid-dna-and-adenovirus-vectored-malaria-vaccine-encoding-blood-stage-antigens-ama1-and-msp142-in-a-prime-boost-heterologous-immunization-regimen-partially-protects-aotus-monkeys-against-blood-stage-challenge
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Nicanor Obaldia, Michael G Stockelman, William Otero, Jennifer A Cockrill, Harini Ganeshan, Esteban N Abot, Jianfeng Zhang, Keith Limbach, Yupin Charoenvit, Denise L Doolan, De-Chu C Tang, Thomas L Richie
Malaria is caused by parasites of the genus Plasmodium that are transmitted to humans by the bites of Anopheles mosquitoes. After the elimination of P. falciparum it is predicted that Plasmodium vivax will remain an important cause of morbidity and mortality outside of Africa, stressing the importance of developing a vaccine against malaria. In this study we assess the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of two P. vivax antigens, AMA1 and MSP142 in a recombinant DNA plasmid prime/adenoviral vector (Ad) boost regimen in Aotus monkeys...
February 8, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179403/evaluation-of-pvceltos-as-a-pre-erythrocytic-p-vivax-vaccine
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Eduardo Alves, Ahmed M Salman, Fabiana Leoratti, Cesar Lopez-Camacho, Martha Eva Viveros-Sandoval, Amar Lall, Aadil El-Turabi, Martin F Bachmann, Adrian V S Hill, Chris J Janse, Shahid M Khan, Arturo Reyes-Sandoval
Four different vaccine platforms each targeting the human malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax cell-traversal protein for ookinetes and sporozoites (PvCelTOS) were generated and assessed for protective efficacy. These platforms consisted of a recombinant chimpanzee adenoviral vector ChAd63-PvCelTOS (Ad); a recombinant MVA-PvCelTOS (MVA); a bacteriophage Qβ-PvCelTOS virus-like particle (VLP); and recombinant PvCelTOS protein expressed in eukaryotic HEK293T cells (protein). Inbred BALB/c and outbred CD-1 mice were immunized using the following prime/boost regimens: Ad-MVA, Ad-VLP and Ad-protein...
February 8, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178298/the-impact-of-prenatal-exposure-to-parasitic-infections-and-to-anthelminthic-treatment-on-antibody-responses-to-routine-immunisations-given-in-infancy-secondary-analysis-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Stephen Nash, Alexander J Mentzer, Swaib A Lule, Dennison Kizito, Gaby Smits, Fiona R M van der Klis, Alison M Elliott
BACKGROUND: Chronic parasitic infections are associated with active immunomodulation which may include by-stander effects on unrelated antigens. It has been suggested that pre-natal exposure to parasitic infections in the mother impacts immunological development in the fetus and hence the offspring's response to vaccines, and that control of parasitic infection among pregnant women will therefore be beneficial. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We used new data from the Entebbe Mother and Baby Study, a trial of anthelminthic treatment during pregnancy conducted in Uganda, to further investigate this hypothesis...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169112/the-economics-of-malaria-vaccine-development
#15
Magdalena Plebanski, Katie L Flanagan
Vaccines that do not take a comprehensive endpoint view of the pathogen population they want to tackle early in their developmental process, may find it financially prohibitive to redesign them once they have progressed down a costly regulatory and human trial pathway. Specifically, the lead malaria vaccine candidate RTS,S has limited ability to tackle parasite polymorphism and may induce sex-specific nonspecific effects (NSEs).
February 3, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166794/an-epidemiological-study-to-assess-plasmodium-falciparum-parasite-prevalence-and-malaria-control-measures-in-burkina-faso-and-senegal
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Aldiouma Diallo, Ali Sié, Sodiomon Sirima, Khadime Sylla, Mahmadou Ndiaye, Mamadou Bountogo, Espérance Ouedraogo, Roger Tine, Assane Ndiaye, Boubacar Coulibaly, Alphonse Ouedraogo, Babacar Faye, El Hadji Ba, Guillaume Compaore, Alfred Tiono, Cheikh Sokhna, Maurice Yé, Amidou Diarra, Edith Roset Bahmanyar, Melanie De Boer, Jean-Yves Pirçon, Effua Abigail Usuf
BACKGROUND: Malariometric information is needed to decide how to introduce malaria vaccines and evaluate their impact in sub-Saharan African countries. METHODS: This cross-sectional study (NCT01954264) was conducted between October and November, 2013, corresponding to the high malaria transmission season, in four sites with Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems (DSS) [two sites with moderate-to-high malaria endemicity in Burkina Faso (Nouna and Saponé) and two sites with low malaria endemicity in Senegal (Keur Socé and Niakhar)]...
February 6, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166727/whole-genome-sequencing-of-a-plasmodium-vivax-clinical-isolate-exhibits-geographical-characteristics-and-high-genetic-variation-in-china-myanmar-border-area
#17
Shen-Bo Chen, Yue Wang, Kokouvi Kassegne, Bin Xu, Hai-Mo Shen, Jun-Hu Chen
BACKGROUND: Currently in China, the trend of Plasmodium vivax cases imported from Southeast Asia was increased especially in the China-Myanmar border area. Driven by the increase in P. vivax cases and stronger need for vaccine and drug development, several P. vivax isolates genome sequencing projects are underway. However, little is known about the genetic variability in this area until now. RESULTS: The sequencing of the first P. vivax isolate from China-Myanmar border area (CMB-1) generated 120 million paired-end reads...
February 6, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164028/the-clinical-spectrum-of-severe-acute-malnutrition-in-children-in-cameroon-a-hospital-based-study-in-yaounde-cameroon
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Andreas Chiabi, Berthe Malangue, Seraphin Nguefack, Félicitée Nguefack Dongmo, Florence Fru, Virginie Takou, Fru Angwafo
BACKGROUND: Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a major health problem, and the cause of more than half of childhood deaths in children less than 5 years in developing countries. Globally, 20 million children under 5 years of age are severely malnourished according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In Cameroon, the prevalence of SAM remains high and estimated at 1.9% in 2011 and 1.3% in 2014. The aim of this study was to determine the epidemiology, clinical aspects and outcome of SAM at the Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital (YGOPH)...
January 2017: Translational pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159028/the-health-impact-of-the-2014-15-ebola-outbreak
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REVIEW
J W T Elston, C Cartwright, P Ndumbi, J Wright
OBJECTIVES: The 2014-15 outbreak in West Africa was the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak recorded; however, there remains uncertainty over its wider health consequences. Our objective was to provide a comprehensive overview of the impact of the Ebola outbreak on population health in the three most affected countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. STUDY DESIGN: Narrative review. METHODS: A narrative overview of the peer-reviewed and grey literature related to the impact and consequences of the Ebola outbreak was conducted, synthesizing the findings of literature retrieved from a structured search of biomedical databases, the Web and references of reviewed articles...
February 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153778/accelerating-the-clinical-development-of-protein-based-vaccines-for-malaria-by-efficient-purification-using-a-four-amino-acid-c-terminal-c-tag
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Jing Jin, Kathryn A Hjerrild, Sarah E Silk, Rebecca E Brown, Geneviève M Labbé, Jennifer M Marshall, Katherine E Wright, Sandra Bezemer, Stine B Clemmensen, Sumi Biswas, Yuanyuan Li, Aadil El-Turabi, Alexander D Douglas, Pim Hermans, Frank J Detmers, Willem A de Jongh, Matthew K Higgins, Rebecca Ashfield, Simon J Draper
Development of bespoke biomanufacturing processes remains a critical bottleneck for translational studies, in particular when modest quantities of a novel product are required for proof-of-concept Phase I/II clinical trials. In these instances the ability to develop a biomanufacturing process quickly and relatively cheaply, without risk to product quality or safety, provides a great advantage by allowing new antigens or concepts in immunogen design to more rapidly enter human testing. These challenges with production and purification are particularly apparent when developing recombinant protein-based vaccines for difficult parasitic diseases, with Plasmodium falciparum malaria being a prime example...
January 30, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
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