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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934438/placental-but-not-peripheral-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-during-pregnancy-is-associated-with-increased-risk-of-malaria-in-infancy
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Sarah Boudová, Titus Divala, Randy Mungwira, Patricia Mawindo, Tamiwe Tomoka, Miriam K Laufer
Pregnancy-associated Plasmodium falciparum infection impacts the health of mothers and newborns, but little is known about the effects of these infections on infant susceptibility to malaria. We followed 473 mother-infant pairs during pregnancy and through 2 years of age. We observed that children born to mothers with placental malaria, but not those born to mothers with peripheral infection without evidence of placental sequestration, had increased risk of malaria during the first year of life compared with children born to mothers with no malaria during pregnancy...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934435/declining-transmission-and-immunity-to-malaria-and-emerging-artemisinin-resistance-in-thailand-a-longitudinal-study
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Ricardo Ataíde, Rosanna Powell, Kerryn Moore, Alistair McLean, Aung Pyae Phyo, Shalini Nair, Marina White, Tim J Anderson, James G Beeson, Julie A Simpson, Francois Nosten, Freya J I Fowkes
Background: Reductions in malaria transmission decrease naturally acquired immunity, which may influence the emergence of Plasmodium falciparum artemisinin-resistant phenotypes and genotypes over time. Methods: Antibodies specific for P. falciparum antigens were determined in uncomplicated hyperparasitemic malaria patients over a 10-year period of declining malaria transmission and emerging artemisinin resistance in northwestern Thailand. We investigated the association between antibody levels and both parasite clearance time (PCt½) and artemisinin resistance-associated kelch13 genotypes over time...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934434/high-sensitivity-assays-for-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-by-immuno-polymerase-chain-reaction-detection-of-pfideh-and-pfldh-antigens
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Jianbing Mu, John F Andersen, Jesus G Valenzuela, Thomas E Wellems
Background: Rapid diagnostic tests based on Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein II (PfHRP-II) and P. falciparum lactate dehydrogenase (PfLDH) antigens are widely deployed for detection of P. falciparum infection; however, these tests often miss cases of low-level parasitemia, and PfHRP-II tests can give false-negative results when P. falciparum strains do not express this antigen. Methods: We screened proteomic data for highly expressed P. falciparum proteins and compared their features to those of PfHRP-II and PfLDH biomarkers...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934264/profiling-molecular-factors-associated-with-pyknosis-and-developmental-arrest-induced-by-an-opioid-receptor-antagonist-and-dihydroartemisinin-in-plasmodium-falciparum
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Hiroko Asahi, Shin-Ichi Inoue, Mamoru Niikura, Keisuke Kunigo, Yutaka Suzuki, Fumie Kobayashi, Fujiro Sendo
Malaria continues to be a devastating disease, largely caused by Plasmodium falciparum infection. We investigated the effects of opioid and cannabinoid receptor antagonists on the growth of intraerythrocytic P. falciparum. The delta opioid receptor antagonist 7-benzylidenenaltrexone (BNTX) and the cannabinoid receptor antagonists rimonaband and SR144528 caused growth arrest of the parasite. Notably BNTX and the established antimalarial drug dihydroartemisinin induced prominent pyknosis in parasite cells after a short period of incubation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931634/improved-prediction-accuracy-for-disease-risk-mapping-using-gaussian-process-stacked-generalization
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Samir Bhatt, Ewan Cameron, Seth R Flaxman, Daniel J Weiss, David L Smith, Peter W Gething
Maps of infectious disease-charting spatial variations in the force of infection, degree of endemicity and the burden on human health-provide an essential evidence base to support planning towards global health targets. Contemporary disease mapping efforts have embraced statistical modelling approaches to properly acknowledge uncertainties in both the available measurements and their spatial interpolation. The most common such approach is Gaussian process regression, a mathematical framework composed of two components: a mean function harnessing the predictive power of multiple independent variables, and a covariance function yielding spatio-temporal shrinkage against residual variation from the mean...
September 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931241/association-of-a-novel-mutation-in-the-plasmodium-falciparum-chloroquine-resistance-transporter-with-decreased-piperaquine-sensitivity
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Sonia Agrawal, Kara A Moser, Lindsay Morton, Michael P Cummings, Ankita Parihar, Ankit Dwivedi, Amol C Shetty, Elliott F Drabek, Christopher G Jacob, Philipp P Henrich, Christian M Parobek, Krisada Jongsakul, Rekol Huy, Michele D Spring, Charlotte A Lanteri, Suwanna Chaorattanakawee, Chanthap Lon, Mark M Fukuda, David L Saunders, David A Fidock, Jessica T Lin, Jonathan J Juliano, Christopher V Plowe, Joana C Silva, Shannon Takala-Harrison
Background: Amplified copy number in the plasmepsin II/III genes within Plasmodium falciparum has been associated with decreased sensitivity to piperaquine. To examine this association and test whether additional loci might also contribute, we performed a genome-wide association study of ex vivo P. falciparum susceptibility to piperaquine. Methods: Plasmodium falciparum DNA from 183 samples collected primarily from Cambodia was genotyped at 33716 genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931236/a-molecular-assay-to-quantify-male-and-female-plasmodium-falciparum-gametocytes-results-from-2-randomized-controlled-trials-using-primaquine-for-gametocyte-clearance
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Will Stone, Patrick Sawa, Kjerstin Lanke, Sanna Rijpma, Robin Oriango, Maureen Nyaurah, Paul Osodo, Victor Osoti, Almahamoudou Mahamar, Halimatou Diawara, Rob Woestenenk, Wouter Graumans, Marga van de Vegte-Bolmer, John Bradley, Ingrid Chen, Joelle Brown, Giulia Siciliano, Pietro Alano, Roly Gosling, Alassane Dicko, Chris Drakeley, Teun Bousema
Background: Single low-dose primaquine (PQ) reduces Plasmodium falciparum infectivity before it impacts gametocyte density. Here, we examined the effect of PQ on gametocyte sex ratio as a possible explanation for this early sterilizing effect. Methods: Quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction assays were developed to quantify female gametocytes (targeting Pfs25 messenger RNA [mRNA]) and male gametocytes (targeting Pf3D7_1469900 mRNA) in 2 randomized trials in Kenya and Mali, comparing dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) alone to DP with PQ...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929395/-asymptomatic-plasmodium-falciparum-and-vivax-infection-in-the-neighborhood-of-blondin-saint-georges-de-l-oyapock-district-french-guiana
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E Mosnier, M Douine, L Epelboin, S Pelleau, V Pommier de Santi, Y Dangel, M Demar, R Mutricy, B Guarmit, M Nacher, P Brousse, D Davy, F Djossou, L Musset
Optimized elimination strategies are needed to control transmission of malaria. As part of an elimination campaign, active detection of asymptomatic Plasmodium carriers by highly sensitive methods is deemed necessary. Asymptomatic carriage leads to complex scientific, ethical, and operational issues regarding individual or collective detection and treatment. To address this issue, a crosssectional study was carried out in French Guiana to determine the prevalence of asymptomatic Plasmodium carriage during an inter-epidemic season in the whole population of a neighborhood of Saint-Georges-de-l'Oyapock, along the Brazilian border...
September 19, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927849/metabolome-wide-association-study-of-peripheral-parasitemia-in-plasmodium-vivax-malaria
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Luiz Gustavo Gardinassi, Regina Joice Cordy, Marcus V G Lacerda, Jorge L Salinas, Wuelton M Monteiro, Gisely C Melo, André M Siqueira, Fernando F Val, ViLinh Tran, Dean P Jones, Mary R Galinski, Shuzhao Li
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium vivax is one of the leading causes of malaria worldwide. Infections with this parasite cause diverse clinical manifestations, and recent studies revealed that infections with P. vivax can result in severe and fatal disease. Despite these facts, biological traits of the host response and parasite metabolism during P. vivax malaria are still largely underexplored. Parasitemia is clearly related to progression and severity of malaria caused by P. falciparum, however the effects of parasitemia during infections with P...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927555/comparative-study-of-clinical-presentation-and-hematological-indices-in-hospitalized-sickle-cell-patients-infected-with-severe-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria
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Prasanta Purohit, Pradeep Kumar Mohanty, Siris Patel, Padmalaya Das, Jogeswar Panigrahi, Kishalaya Das
BACKGROUND: Sickle-cell-gene has a high frequency in malaria endemic regions. In India, though the prevalence of both sickle-cell-gene and malaria are high, no study has been carried out. This study aims to find out the possible differences in hematological and clinical parameters in severe falciparum malaria with respect to sickle cell genotypes. METHODS: Five hundred fourteen adults with severe falciparum malaria hospitalized at Department of Medicine, Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Burla, between August, 2010 to December, 2014 were included and categorized on the basis of sickle cell genotypes...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927420/erratum-to-composition-of-anopheles-mosquitoes-their-blood-meal-hosts-and-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-rates-in-three-islands-with-disparate-bed-net-coverage-in-lake-victoria-kenya
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Edwin Ogola, Jandouwe Villinger, Danspaid Mabuka, David Omondi, Benedict Orindi, James Mutunga, Vincent Owino, Daniel K Masiga
After publication of the article [1], it has been brought to our attention that a funding acknowledgement has been omitted from the original article. The authors would like to include the following, "The study was undertaken as part of the Target Malaria consortium, which receives core funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & from the Open Philanthropy Project Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation."
September 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927405/the-use-of-respondent-driven-sampling-to-assess-malaria-knowledge-treatment-seeking-behaviours-and-preventive-practices-among-mobile-and-migrant-populations-in-a-setting-of-artemisinin-resistance-in-western-cambodia
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Po Ly, Julie Thwing, Colleen McGinn, Cesia E Quintero, Narann Top-Samphor, Najibullah Habib, Jack S Richards, Sara E Canavati, Seshu Babu Vinjamuri, Chea Nguon
BACKGROUND: Multi-drug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum threatens malaria elimination efforts in Cambodia and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Malaria burden in the GMS is higher among certain high-risk demographic groups in Cambodia, especially among migrant and mobile populations (MMPs). This respondent driven sampling (RDS) study was conducted in order to determine malaria knowledge, treatment-seeking behaviours and preventive practices among two MMP groups in Western Cambodia. METHODS: An RDS survey of MMPs was implemented in four purposively-selected communes along the Thai-Cambodia border; two in Veal Veang District and two in Pailin Province, chosen due to their sizeable MMP groups, their convenience of access, and their proximity to Thailand, which allowed for comparison with RDS studies in Thailand...
September 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927276/alkoxycarbonate-ester-prodrugs-of-preclinical-drug-candidate-elq-300-for-prophylaxis-and-treatment-of-malaria
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Lisa Frueh, Yuexin Li, Michael Mather, Qigui Li, Sovitj Pou, Aaron Nilsen, Rolf W Winter, Isaac Forquer, April Pershing, Lisa H Xie, Martin J Smilkstein, Diana Caridha, Robert F Campbell, Richard J Sciotti, Mara Kreishman-Deitrick, Jane X Kelly, Brian Andrew Vesely, Akhil Vaidya, Michael K Riscoe
ELQ-300 is a preclinical antimalarial drug candidate that is active against liver, blood, and transmission stages of Plasmodium falciparum. While ELQ-300 is highly effective when administered in a low multi-dose regimen, poor aqueous solubility and high crystallinity have hindered its clinical development. To overcome its challenging physiochemical properties, a number of bioreversible alkoxycarbonate ester prodrugs of ELQ-300 were synthesized. These bioreversible prodrugs are converted to ELQ-300 by host and parasite esterase action in the liver and bloodstream of the host...
September 19, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924231/population-genomics-of-virulence-genes-of-plasmodium-falciparum-in-clinical-isolates-from-uganda
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Shazia Ruybal-Pesántez, Kathryn E Tiedje, Gerry Tonkin-Hill, Thomas S Rask, Moses R Kamya, Bryan Greenhouse, Grant Dorsey, Michael F Duffy, Karen P Day
Plasmodium falciparum causes a spectrum of malarial disease from asymptomatic to uncomplicated through to severe. Investigations of parasite virulence have associated the expression of distinct variants of the major surface antigen of the blood stages known as Pf EMP1 encoded by up to 60 var genes per genome. Looking at the population genomics of var genes in cases of uncomplicated malaria, we set out to determine if there was any evidence of a selective sweep of specific var genes or clonal epidemic structure related to the incidence of uncomplicated disease in children...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924201/discovery-semisynthesis-antiparasitic-and-cytotoxic-evaluation-of-14-membered-resorcylic-acid-lactones-and-their-derivatives
#15
Xue-Qing Zhang, Carmenza Spadafora, Laura M Pineda, Michelle G Ng, Ji-Hong Sun, Wei Wang, Chang-Yun Wang, Yu-Cheng Gu, Chang-Lun Shao
Ten antifouling 14-membered resorcylic acid lactones 1-10 were isolated previously with low or trace natural abundance from the zoanthid-derived Cochliobolus lunatus fungus. Further optimization of fermentation conditions led to the isolation of two major natural compounds 7 and 8 with multi-gram quantities. By one or two steps, we semisynthesized the six trace natural compounds 1-6 and a series of derivatives 11-27 of compounds 7 and 8 with high yields (65-95%). Compounds 11-13 showed strong antiplasmodial activity against Plasmodium falciparum with IC50 values of 1...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923924/near-atomic-structure-of-jasplakinolide-stabilized-malaria-parasite-f-actin-reveals-the-structural-basis-of-filament-instability
#16
Sabrina Pospich, Esa-Pekka Kumpula, Julian von der Ecken, Juha Vahokoski, Inari Kursula, Stefan Raunser
During their life cycle, apicomplexan parasites, such as the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, use actomyosin-driven gliding motility to move and invade host cells. For this process, actin filament length and stability are temporally and spatially controlled. In contrast to canonical actin, P. falciparum actin 1 (PfAct1) does not readily polymerize into long, stable filaments. The structural basis of filament instability, which plays a pivotal role in host cell invasion, and thus infectivity, is poorly understood, largely because high-resolution structures of PfAct1 filaments were missing...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923166/major-transcriptional-changes-observed-in-the-fulani-an-ethnic-group-less-susceptible-to-malaria
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Jaclyn E Quin, Ioana Bujila, Mariama Chérif, Guillaume S Sanou, Ying Qu, Manijeh Vafa Homann, Anna Rolicka, Sodiomon B Sirima, Mary A O'Connell, Andreas Lennartsson, Marita Troye-Blomberg, Issa Nebie, Ann-Kristin Östlund Farrants
The Fulani ethnic group has relatively better protection from Plasmodium falciparum malaria, as reflected by fewer symptomatic cases of malaria, lower infection rates, and lower parasite densities compared to sympatric ethnic groups<strong>.</strong> However, the basis for this lower susceptibility to malaria by the Fulani is unknown. We have performed a pilot study to examine global transcription and DNA methylation patterns in specific immune cell populations in the Fulani to elucidate the mechanisms that confer the lower susceptibility to P...
September 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923058/a-model-of-plasmodium-vivax-concealment-based-on-plasmodium-cynomolgi-infections-in-macaca-mulatta
#18
Luis L Fonseca, Chester J Joyner, Mary R Galinski, Eberhard O Voit
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium vivax can cause severe malaria. The total parasite biomass during infections is correlated with the severity of disease but not necessarily quantified accurately by microscopy. This finding has raised the question whether there could be sub-populations of parasites that are not observed in peripheral blood smears but continue to contribute to the increase in parasite numbers that drive pathogenesis. Non-human primate infection models utilizing the closely related simian malaria parasite Plasmodium cynomolgi hold the potential for quantifying the magnitude of possibly unobserved infected red blood cell (iRBC) populations and determining how the presence of this hidden reservoir correlates with disease severity...
September 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923054/a-novel-method-for-extracting-nucleic-acids-from-dried-blood-spots-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-low-density%C3%A2-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax%C3%A2-infections
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Kayvan Zainabadi, Matthew Adams, Zay Yar Han, Hnin Wai Lwin, Kay Thwe Han, Amed Ouattara, Si Thura, Christopher V Plowe, Myaing M Nyunt
BACKGROUND: Greater Mekong Subregion countries are committed to eliminating Plasmodium falciparum malaria by 2025. Current elimination interventions target infections at parasite densities that can be detected by standard microscopy or rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). More sensitive detection methods have been developed to detect lower density "asymptomatic" infections that may represent an important transmission reservoir. These ultrasensitive polymerase chain reaction (usPCR) tests have been used to identify target populations for mass drug administration (MDA)...
September 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922459/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-in-the-treatment-of-complicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-a-case-report
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Tsong-Yih Ou, Cheng-Yen Chuang, Chun-Da Chen, Chung-Yi Cheng
Severe falciparum malaria is associated with multiple organ dysfunction and a high rate of fatal outcome. Malaria is a world-wide disease in tropical areas through the bites of vector mosquitoes. Parasitic protozoans introduced by the mosquito's saliva to the blood travel to the liver then mature and reproduce. In humans, malaria is caused by Plasmodium falciparum, P. malariae, P. ovale, P. vivax, and P. knowlesi, and P. falciparum causes most deaths. Typical malaria symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, headache, nausea, and vomiting...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
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