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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/28748834/effect-of-l-arginine-on-the-growth-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-immune-modulation-of-host-cells
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Vikky Awasthi, Rubika Chauhan, Debprasad Chattopadhyay, Jyoti Das
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by Plasmodium parasites. The life-cycle of Plasmodium species involves several stages both in mosquito and the vertebrate host. In the erythrocytic stage, Plasmodium resides inside the red blood cells (RBCs), where it meets most of its nutritional requirement by degrad- ing host's haemoglobin. L-arginine is required for growth and division of cells. The present study was aimed to demonstrate the effect of supplementation of different concentrations of L-arginine and L-citrulline on the growth of parasite, and effect of the culture supernatant on the host's peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)...
April 2017: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748223/phenoplasm-a-database-of-disruption-phenotypes-for-malaria-parasite-genes
#3
Theo Sanderson, Julian C Rayner
Two decades after the first Plasmodium transfection, attempts have been made to disrupt more than 3,151 genes in malaria parasites, across five Plasmodium species. While results from rodent malaria transfections have been curated and systematised, empowering large-scale analysis, phenotypic data from human malaria parasite transfections currently exists as individual reports scattered across a the literature. To facilitate systematic analysis of published experimental genetic data across Plasmodium species, we have built PhenoPlasm ( http://www...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748174/antiplasmodial-activity-and-cytotoxicity-of-ethanol-extract-of-zea-mays-root
#4
Jude Efiom Okokon, Bassey Sunday Antia, Bala Adamu Azare, Patience Jude Okokon
OBJECTIVE: Zea mays root decoction that has been traditionally used for the treatment of malaria by various tribes in Nigeria, was evaluated for antimalarial potential against malaria parasites using in vivo and in vitro models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The root extract of Zea mays was investigated for antimalarial activity against Plasmodium berghei in mice using rodent malaria models; suppressive, prophylactic and curative tests and in vitro antiplasmodial activity against chloroquine-sensitive (Pf 3D7) and resistant (Pf INDO) strains of Plasmodium falciparum using SYBR green assay method...
May 2017: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747223/return-of-chloroquine-sensitivity-to-africa-surveillance-of-african-plasmodium-falciparum-chloroquine-resistance-through-malaria-imported-to-china
#5
Feng Lu, Meihua Zhang, Richard L Culleton, Sui Xu, Jianxia Tang, Huayun Zhou, Guoding Zhu, Yaping Gu, Chao Zhang, Yaobao Liu, Weiming Wang, Yuanyuan Cao, Julin Li, Xinlong He, Jun Cao, Qi Gao
BACKGROUND: Chloroquine (CQ) was the cornerstone of anti-malarial treatment in Africa for almost 50 years, but has been widely withdrawn due to the emergence and spread of resistance. Recent reports have suggested that CQ-susceptibility may return following the cessation of CQ usage. Here, we monitor CQ sensitivity and determine the prevalence of genetic polymorphisms in the CQ resistance transporter gene (pfcrt) of Plasmodium falciparum isolates recently imported from Africa to China...
July 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747199/malaria-epidemiology-in-low-endemicity-areas-of-the-northern-coast-of-ecuador-high-prevalence-of-asymptomatic-infections
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Fabián E Sáenz, Andrea Arévalo-Cortés, Gabriela Valenzuela, Andrés F Vallejo, Angélica Castellanos, Andrea C Poveda-Loayza, Juan B Gutierrez, Alvaro Alvarez, Yi Heng Yan, Yoldy Benavides, Luis Enrique Castro, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Sócrates Herrera
BACKGROUND: The recent scale-up in malaria control measures in Latin America has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of reported cases in several countries including Ecuador, where it presented a low malaria incidence in recent years (558 reported cases in 2015) with occasional outbreaks of both Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax in the coastal and Amazonian regions. This success in malaria control in recent years has led Ecuador to transition its malaria policy from control to elimination...
July 26, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746405/biophysical-characterization-of-the-calmodulin-like-domain-of-plasmodium-falciparum-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-3
#7
Cecilia Andresen, Markus Niklasson, Sofie Cassman Eklöf, Björn Wallner, Patrik Lundström
Calcium dependent protein kinases are unique to plants and certain parasites and comprise an N-terminal segment and a kinase domain that is regulated by a C-terminal calcium binding domain. Since the proteins are not found in man they are potential drug targets. We have characterized the calcium binding lobes of the regulatory domain of calcium dependent protein kinase 3 from the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Despite being structurally similar, the two lobes differ in several other regards. While the monomeric N-terminal lobe changes its structure in response to calcium binding and shows global dynamics on the sub-millisecond time-scale both in its apo and calcium bound states, the C-terminal lobe could not be prepared calcium-free and forms dimers in solution...
2017: PloS One
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 26, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745231/synthesis-and-antimalarial-activity-of-new-enantiopure-aminoalcoholpyrrolo-1-2-a-quinoxalines
#9
Alexia Jonet, Jean Guillon, Catherine Mullié, Anita Cohen, Guillaume Bentzinger, Jérémy Schneider, Nicolas Taudon, Sebastien Hutter, Nadine Azas, Stephane Moreau, Solene Savrimoutou, Patrice Agnamey, Alexandra Dassonville-Klimpt, Pascal Sonnet
Backgroung: We prepared a novel series of enantiopure mefloquine analogues with pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinoxaline core in order to fight Plasmodium falciparum resistant strain. OBJECTIVES: To observe the influence of pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinoxaline core versus quinoline core on the antimalarial activity. METHOD: Four enantiopure aminoalcoholpyrrolo[1,2-a]quinoxalines 2 were synthetized via Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation reaction in eight steps. Their antimalarial activity was evaluated on two Plasmodium falciparum strains 3D7 and W2 with a SYBR Green I fluorescence-based method and their cytotoxicity was measured on four cell lines HepG2, THP-1, CHO and HFF...
July 26, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743888/multiplication-rate-variation-in-the-human-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum
#10
Lee Murray, Lindsay B Stewart, Sarah J Tarr, Ambroise D Ahouidi, Mahamadou Diakite, Alfred Amambua-Ngwa, David J Conway
It is important to understand intrinsic variation in asexual blood stage multiplication rates of the most virulent human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. Here, multiplication rates of long-term laboratory adapted parasite clones and new clinical isolates were measured, using a newly standardised assay of growth from low starting density in replicate parallel cultures with erythrocytes from multiple different donors, across multiple cycles. Multiplication rates of long-term established clones were between 7...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743266/non-falciparum-malaria-imported-mainly-from-africa-a-review-from-a-portuguese-hospital
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Rogério Ruas, André Pinto, João Nuak, António Sarmento, Cândida Abreu
BACKGROUND: Non-falciparum malaria (NFM) has been reported to be responsible for around 25% of imported malaria cases in Europe but is often neglected due to its less severe clinical course when compared to Plasmodium falciparum. Differentiation between species is however crucial for a correct approach. The objective of this study is to report the cases of this often missed aetiology of malaria in a tertiary hospital in Portugal. METHODS: Data were retrospectively analysed from patients admitted from January 2006 to August 2016 with a NFM diagnosis based on microscopy, rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) (BinaxNow(®)) and/or PCR...
July 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738892/challenges-to-replace-act-as-first-line-drug
#12
Aung Pyae Phyo, Lorenz von Seidlein
The spread of artemisinin and partner drug resistance through Asia requires changes in first-line therapy. The traditional modus has been the replacement of one first-line anti-malarial regimen with another. The number of anti-malarial drug candidates currently in development may have given false confidence in the expectation that resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) can be solved with a switch to the next anti-malarial drug regimen. A number of promising anti-malarial drug regimens did not succeed in becoming first-line drugs due to safety concerns or rapid development of resistance...
July 24, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738439/terpenoids-from-the-oleo-gum-resin-of-boswellia-serrata-and-their-antiplasmodial-effects-in-vitro
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Hippolyt L Greve, Marcel Kaiser, Reto Brun, Thomas J Schmidt
In the course of our ongoing search for new natural products as leads against protozoal diseases, the dichloromethane extract of Indian frankincense, the oleo-gum-resin obtained from Boswellia serrata, showed in vitro activity against Plasmodium falciparum. Bioactivity-guided fractionation led to the isolation of eight diterpenes: (1S,3E,7E,11R)-verticilla-3,7,12(18)-triene (1), cembrene A (2), serratol (3), 1S,3E,7R,8R,11E-7,8-epoxy-cembra-3,11-dien-1-ol (4), incensole oxide (5), rel (1S,3R,7E,11S,12R)-1,12-epoxy-4-methylenecembr-7-ene-3, 11-diol (6), isoincensole oxide (7), and isodecaryiol (8)...
July 24, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738214/plasmodium-falciparum-in%C3%A2-vitro-continuous-culture-conditions-a-comparison-of-parasite-susceptibility-and-tolerance-to-anti-malarial-drugs-throughout-the-asexual-intra-erythrocytic-life-cycle
#14
Sandra Duffy, Vicky M Avery
The continuous culture of Plasmodium falciparum is often seen as a means to an end, that end being to probe the biology of the parasite in question, and ultimately for many in the malaria drug discovery arena, to identify means of killing the parasite in order to treat malaria. In vitro continuous culture of Plasmodium falciparum is a fundamental requirement when undertaking malaria research where the primary objectives utilise viable parasites of a desired lifecycle stage. This investigation, and resulting data, compared the impact culturing Plasmodium falciparum long term (4 months) in different environmental conditions had on experimental outcomes and thus conclusions...
July 15, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733082/effects-of-novel-triple-stage-antimalarial-ionic-liquids-on-lipid-membrane-models
#15
Ricardo Ferraz, Marina Pinheiro, Ana Gomes, Cátia Teixeira, Cristina Prudêncio, Salette Reis, Paula Gomes
Primaquine-based ionic liquids, obtained by acid-base reaction between parent primaquine and cinnamic acids, were recently found as triple-stage antimalarial hits. These ionic compounds displayed significant activity against both liver- and blood-stage Plasmodium parasites, as well as against stage V P. falciparum parasites. Remarkably, blood-stage activity of the ionic liquids against both chloroquine-sensitive (3D7) and resistant (Dd2) P. falciparum strains was clearly superior to those of the respective covalent (amide) analogues and of parent primaquine...
July 3, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732448/synthesis-of-a-bicyclic-azetidine-with-in-vivo-antimalarial-activity-enabled-by-stereospecific-directed-c-sp-3-h-arylation
#16
Micah Maetani, Jochen Zoller, Bruno Melillo, Oscar Verho, Nobutaka Kato, Jun Pu, Eamon Comer, Stuart L Schreiber
The development of new antimalarial therapeutics is necessary to address the increasing resistance to current drugs. Bicyclic azetidines targeting Plasmodium falciparum phenylalanyl-tRNA synthetase comprise one promising new class of antimalarials, especially due to their activities against three stages of the parasite's life cycle, but a lengthy synthetic route to these compounds may affect the feasibility of delivering new therapeutic agents within the cost constraints of antimalarial drugs. Here, we report an efficient synthesis of antimalarial compound BRD3914 (EC50 = 15 nM) that hinges on a Pd-catalyzed, directed C(sp(3))-H arylation of azetidines at the C3 position...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732068/effects-of-liver-stage-clearance-by-primaquine-on-gametocyte-carriage-of-plasmodium-vivax-and-p-falciparum
#17
Rahel Wampfler, Natalie E Hofmann, Stephan Karl, Inoni Betuela, Benson Kinboro, Lina Lorry, Mariabeth Silkey, Leanne J Robinson, Ivo Mueller, Ingrid Felger
BACKGROUND: Primaquine (PQ) is the only currently licensed antimalarial that prevents Plasmodium vivax (Pv) relapses. It also clears mature P. falciparum (Pf) gametocytes, thereby reducing post-treatment transmission. Randomized PQ treatment in a treatment-to-reinfection cohort in Papua New Guinean children permitted the study of Pv and Pf gametocyte carriage after radical cure and to investigate the contribution of Pv relapses. METHODS: Children received radical cure with Chloroquine, Artemether-Lumefantrine plus either PQ or placebo...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732045/the-exported-chaperone-hsp70-x-supports-virulence-functions-for-plasmodium-falciparum-blood-stage-parasites
#18
Sarah C Charnaud, Matthew W A Dixon, Catherine Q Nie, Lia Chappell, Paul R Sanders, Thomas Nebl, Eric Hanssen, Matthew Berriman, Jo-Anne Chan, Adam J Blanch, James G Beeson, Julian C Rayner, Jude M Przyborski, Leann Tilley, Brendan S Crabb, Paul R Gilson
Malaria is caused by five different Plasmodium spp. in humans each of which modifies the host erythrocyte to survive and replicate. The two main causes of malaria, P. falciparum and P. vivax, differ in their ability to cause severe disease, mainly due to differences in the cytoadhesion of infected erythrocytes (IE) in the microvasculature. Cytoadhesion of P. falciparum in the brain leads to a large number of deaths each year and is a consequence of exported parasite proteins, some of which modify the erythrocyte cytoskeleton while others such as PfEMP1 project onto the erythrocyte surface where they bind to endothelial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729672/plasmodium-berghei-p47-is-essential-for-ookinete-protection-from-the-anopheles-gambiae-complement-like-response
#19
Chiamaka Valerie Ukegbu, Maria Giorgalli, Hassan Yassine, Jose Luis Ramirez, Chrysanthi Taxiarchi, Carolina Barillas-Mury, George K Christophides, Dina Vlachou
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease affecting millions of people every year. The rodent parasite Plasmodium berghei has served as a model for human malaria transmission studies and played a pivotal role in dissecting the mosquito immune response against infection. The 6-cysteine protein P47, known to be important for P. berghei female gamete fertility, is shown to serve a different function in Plasmodium falciparum, protecting ookinetes from the mosquito immune response. Here, we investigate the function of P...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728995/a-mechanistic-model-quantifies-artemisinin-induced-parasite-growth-retardation-in-blood-stage-plasmodium-falciparum-infection
#20
Pengxing Cao, Nectarios Klonis, Sophie Zaloumis, David S Khoury, Deborah Cromer, Miles P Davenport, Leann Tilley, Julie A Simpson, James M McCaw
Falciparum malaria is a major parasitic disease causing widespread morbidity and mortality globally. Artemisinin derivatives-the most effective and widely-used antimalarials that have helped reduce the burden of malaria by 60% in some areas over the past decade-have recently been found to induce growth retardation of blood-stage Plasmodium falciparum when applied at clinically relevant concentrations. To date, no model has been designed to quantify the growth retardation effect and to predict the influence of this property on in vivo parasite killing...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
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