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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732068/effects-of-liver-stage-clearance-by-primaquine-on-gametocyte-carriage-of-plasmodium-vivax-and-p-falciparum
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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/28732053/dysregulation-of-pulmonary-endothelial-protein-c-receptor-and-thrombomodulin-in-severe-falciparum-malaria-associated-ards-relevant-to-hemozoin
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Sitang Maknitikul, Natthanej Luplertlop, Georges E R Grau, Sumate Ampawong
To investigate the role of the protein C system, endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) and thrombomodulin (TM) in the pathogenesis of malaria-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in relation to hemozoin and proinflammatory cytokines-induced type II pneumocyte injury and -aggravated pulmonary resolution. A total of 29 left-over lung specimens that were obtained from patients who died from severe falciparum malaria were examined. Histopathological, immunohistochemical and electron microscopic analyses revealed that ARDS coexisted with pulmonary edema and systemic bleeding; the severity was dependent on the level of hemozoin deposition in the lung and internal alveolar hemorrhaging...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732045/the-exported-chaperone-hsp70-x-supports-virulence-functions-for-plasmodium-falciparum-blood-stage-parasites
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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/28731898/steady-progress-toward-a-malaria-vaccine
#4
Kirsten E Lyke
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Great progress has been made in reducing malaria morbidity and mortality, yet the parasite continues to cause a startling 200 million infections and 500 000 deaths annually. Malaria vaccine development is pushing new boundaries by steady advancement toward a licensed product. RECENT FINDINGS: Despite 50 years of research, the complexity of Plasmoidum falciparum confounds all attempts to eradicate the organism. This very complexity has pushed the boundaries of vaccine development to new heights, yet it remains to be seen if an affordable vaccine can provide durable and high-level protection...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729672/plasmodium-berghei-p47-is-essential-for-ookinete-protection-from-the-anopheles-gambiae-complement-like-response
#5
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
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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 17, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728898/kbe009-an-antimalarial-bestatin-like-inhibitor-of-the-plasmodium-falciparum-m1-aminopeptidase-discovered-in-an-ugi-multicomponent-reaction-derived-peptidomimetic-library
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Jorge González-Bacerio, Sarah El Chamy Maluf, Yanira Méndez, Isel Pascual, Isabelle Florent, Pollyana M S Melo, Alexandre Budu, Juliana C Ferreira, Ernesto Moreno, Adriana K Carmona, Daniel G Rivera, Maday Alonso Del Rivero, Marcos L Gazarini
Malaria is a global human parasitic disease mainly caused by the protozoon Plasmodium falciparum. Increased parasite resistance to current drugs determines the relevance of finding new treatments against new targets. A novel target is the M1 alanyl-aminopeptidase from P. falciparum (PfA-M1), which is essential for parasite development in human erythrocytes and is inhibited by the pseudo-peptide bestatin. In this work, we used a combinatorial multicomponent approach to produce a library of peptidomimetics and screened it for the inhibition of recombinant PfA-M1 (rPfA-M1) and the in vitro growth of P...
July 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728595/malaria-after-international-travel-a-geosentinel-analysis-2003-2016
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Kristina M Angelo, Michael Libman, Eric Caumes, Davidson H Hamer, Kevin C Kain, Karin Leder, Martin P Grobusch, Stefan H Hagmann, Phyllis Kozarsky, David G Lalloo, Poh-Lian Lim, Calvin Patimeteeporn, Philippe Gautret, Silvia Odolini, François Chappuis, Douglas H Esposito
BACKGROUND: More than 30,000 malaria cases are reported annually among international travellers. Despite improvements in malaria control, malaria continues to threaten travellers due to inaccurate perception of risk and sub-optimal pre-travel preparation. METHODS: Records with a confirmed malaria diagnosis after travel from January 2003 to July 2016 were obtained from GeoSentinel, a global surveillance network of travel and tropical medicine providers that monitors travel-related morbidity...
July 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728558/accuracy-of-a-plasmodium-falciparum-specific-histidine-rich-protein-2-rapid-diagnostic-test-in-the-context-of-the-presence-of-non-malaria-fevers-prior-anti-malarial-use-and-seasonal-malaria-transmission
#9
Francois Kiemde, Massa Dit Achille Bonko, Marc Christian Tahita, Palpouguini Lompo, Toussaint Rouamba, Halidou Tinto, Michael Boele van Hensbroek, Petra F Mens, Henk D F H Schallig
BACKGROUND: It remains challenging to distinguish malaria from other fever causing infections, as a positive rapid diagnostic test does not always signify a true active malaria infection. This study was designed to determine the influence of other causes of fever, prior anti-malarial treatment, and a possible seasonality of the performance of a PfHRP2 RDT for the diagnosis of malaria in children under-5 years of age living in a malaria endemic area. METHODS: A prospective etiology study was conducted in 2015 among febrile children under 5 years of age in Burkina Faso...
July 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727723/analytical-sensitivity-and-specificity-of-a-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-kit-prototype-for-detection-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-dna-in-human-blood-samples
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Susana A Besuschio, Mónica Llano Murcia, Alejandro F Benatar, Severine Monnerat, Israel Cruz Mata, Albert Picado de Puig, María de Los Ángeles Curto, Yutaka Kubota, Diana P Wehrendt, Paula Pavia, Yasuyoshi Mori, Concepción Puerta, Joseph M Ndung'u, Alejandro G Schijman
This study aimed to assess analytical parameters of a prototype LAMP kit that was designed for detection of Trypanosoma cruzi DNA in human blood. The prototype is based on the amplification of the highly repetitive satellite sequence of T.cruzi in microtubes containing dried reagents on the inside of the caps. The reaction is carried out at 65°C during 40 minutes. Calcein allows direct detection of amplified products with the naked eye. Inclusivity and selectivity were tested in purified DNA from Trypanosoma cruzi stocks belonging to the six discrete typing units (DTUs), in DNA from other protozoan parasites and in human DNA...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726171/qsar-modeling-docking-and-admet-studies-for-exploration-of-potential-anti-malarial-compounds-against-plasmodium-falciparum
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Tabish Qidwai
Development of resistance in the Plasmodium falciparum to Artemisinin, the most effective anti-malarial compound, threatens malaria elimination tactics. To gain more efficacious Artemisinin derivatives, QSAR modeling and docking was performed. In the present study, 2D-QSAR model and molecular docking were used to evaluate the Artemisinin compounds and to reveal their binding modes and structural basis of inhibitory activity. Moreover, ADMET-related descriptors have been calculated to predict the pharmacokinetic properties of the effective compounds...
December 2016: In Silico Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724450/variation-in-species-composition-and-infection-rates-of-anopheles-mosquitoes-at-different-altitudinal-transects-and-the-risk-of-malaria-in-the-highland-of-dirashe-woreda-south-ethiopia
#12
Taye Yohannes Daygena, Fekadu Massebo, Bernt Lindtjørn
BACKGROUND: The transmission of malaria is heterogeneous, and varies due to altitude. The information on whether the transmission of malaria is indigenous or imported to highland areas is scarce. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the species composition and infection rates of Anopheles at different altitudinal transects, and the risk of malaria if any in the highland of Dirashe Woreda, South Ethiopia. METHODS: This study was conducted in Gato (low altitude; average elevation of 1273 m), Onota (mid-altitude; average elevation of 1707 m) and Layignaw-Arguba (high altitude; average elevation of 2337 m) from August 2015 to April 2016...
July 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724415/identification-and-characterization-of-the-antiplasmodial-activity-of-hsp90-inhibitors
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Claribel Murillo-Solano, Chunmin Dong, Cecilia G Sanchez, Juan C Pizarro
BACKGROUND: The recent reduction in mortality due to malaria is being threatened by the appearance of Plasmodium falciparum parasites that are resistant to artemisinin in Southeast Asia. To limit the impact of resistant parasites and their spread across the world, there is a need to validate anti-malarial drug targets and identify new leads that will serve as foundations for future drug development programmes targeting malaria. Towards that end, the antiplasmodial potential of several Hsp90 inhibitors was characterized...
July 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724402/a-dual-colour-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-fish-assay-for-identifying-the-zoonotic-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-knowlesi-with-a-potential-application-for-the-specific-diagnosis-of-knowlesi-malaria-in-peripheral-level-laboratories-of-southeast-asia
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Jyotsna Shah, Akhila Poruri, Olivia Mark, Urmila Khadilka, Franziska Mohring, Robert W Moon, Ranjan Ramasamy
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium knowlesi is primarily responsible for zoonotic malaria in several Southeast Asian countries. Precise identification of the parasite in the blood of patients presently relies on an expensive and elaborate PCR procedure because microscopic examination of blood and other available field identification techniques lack adequate specificity. Therefore, the use of a simple and inexpensive dual-colour fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay, analogous to FISH assays recently described for Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, was investigated as a potential tool for identifying P...
July 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724354/novel-plasmodium-falciparum-metabolic-network-reconstruction-identifies-shifts-associated-with-clinical-antimalarial-resistance
#15
Maureen A Carey, Jason A Papin, Jennifer L Guler
BACKGROUND: Malaria remains a major public health burden and resistance has emerged to every antimalarial on the market, including the frontline drug, artemisinin. Our limited understanding of Plasmodium biology hinders the elucidation of resistance mechanisms. In this regard, systems biology approaches can facilitate the integration of existing experimental knowledge and further understanding of these mechanisms. RESULTS: Here, we developed a novel genome-scale metabolic network reconstruction, iPfal17, of the asexual blood-stage P...
July 19, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723328/artemisinin-resistant-plasmodium-falciparum-in-africa
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Feng Lu, Richard Culleton, Jun Cao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 20, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723327/artemisinin-resistant-plasmodium-falciparum-in-africa
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New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 377, Issue 3, Page 305-306, July 2017.
July 20, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722629/estimating-the-added-utility-of-highly-sensitive-histidine-rich-protein-2-detection-in-outpatient-clinics-in-sub-saharan-africa
#18
Mateusz M Plucinski, Eric Rogier, Pedro Rafael Dimbu, Filomeno Fortes, Eric S Halsey, Michael Aidoo
Most malaria testing is by rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) that detect Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein 2 (HRP2). Recently, several RDT manufacturers have developed highly sensitive RDTs (hsRDTs), promising a limit of detection (LOD) orders of magnitude lower than conventional RDTs. To model the added utility of hsRDTs, HRP2 concentration in Angolan outpatients was measured quantitatively using an ultrasensitive bead-based assay. The distribution of HRP2 concentration was bimodal in both afebrile and febrile patients...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722625/respiratory-complications-of-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
Fernando Val, Kim Machado, Lisiane Barbosa, Jorge Luis Salinas, André Machado Siqueira, Maria Graças Costa Alecrim, Hernando Del Portillo, Quique Bassat, Wuelton Marcelo Monteiro, Marcus Vinícius Guimarães Lacerda
Malaria, a major global public health problem, is mainly caused by Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, and is responsible for nearly half a million deaths annually. Although P. vivax malaria was not believed to cause severe disease, recent robust studies have proved otherwise. However, the clinical spectrum and pathogenesis of severe vivax malaria and, especially, its respiratory complications remain poorly understood. A systematic search for articles reporting respiratory complications associated with vivax malaria was performed in Lilacs, Cochrane, Scielo, Web of Science, and Medline databases irrespective of publication date...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722611/phase-2a-open-label-4-escalating-dose-randomized-multicenter-study-evaluating-the-safety-and-activity-of-ferroquine-ssr97193-plus-artesunate-versus-amodiaquine-plus-artesunate-in-african-adult-men-with-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria
#20
Christian Supan, Ghyslain Mombo-Ngoma, Maryvonne Kombila, Carmen L Ospina Salazar, Jana Held, Bertrand Lell, Cathy Cantalloube, Elhadj Djeriou, Bernhards Ogutu, John Waitumbi, Nekoye Otsula, Duncan Apollo, Mark E Polhemus, Peter G Kremsner, Douglas S Walsh
Artemisinin-based combination therapies are recommended as first-line agents for treating uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Ferroquine, a 4-aminoquinolone, is a novel long-acting combination partner for fast-acting drugs like artesunate (AS). We did a small phase 2a, multicenter, open-label, safety-focused dose-ranging randomized study of ferroquine at three African hospitals: two Gabonese and one Kenyan. We recruited adult men with symptomatic uncomplicated P. falciparum monoinfection. Four escalating doses of ferroquine (100, 200, 400, and 600 mg) were assessed in sequence, versus an amodiaquine comparator...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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