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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448936/chitinase-3-like-1-is-a-biomarker-of-acute-kidney-injury-and-mortality-in-paediatric-severe-malaria
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Andrea L Conroy, Michael T Hawkes, Robyn Elphinstone, Robert O Opoka, Sophie Namasopo, Christopher Miller, Chandy C John, Kevin C Kain
BACKGROUND: Chitinase-3-like 1 (CHI3L1) is a glycoprotein elevated in paediatric severe malaria, and an emerging urinary biomarker of acute kidney injury (AKI). Based on the hypothesis that elevated CHI3L1 levels in malaria are associated with disease severity, the relationship between plasma CHI3L1 levels, AKI and mortality was investigated in Ugandan children enrolled in a clinical trial evaluating inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) as an adjunctive therapy for severe malaria. METHODS: Plasma CHI3L1 levels were measured daily for 4 days in children admitted to hospital with severe malaria and at day 14 follow up...
February 15, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425228/kshv-oral-shedding-and-plasma-viremia-result-in-significant-changes-in-the-extracellular-tumorigenic-mirna-expression-profile-in-individuals-infected-with-the-malaria-parasite
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Minako Ikoma, Soren Gantt, Corey Casper, Yuko Ogata, Qing Zhang, Ryan Basom, Michael R Dyen, Timothy M Rose, Serge Barcy
Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV) is the etiological agent of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Both KSHV and HIV infections are endemic in Uganda, where KS is among the most common cancers in HIV-infected individuals. Recent studies examined the use of small RNAs as biomarkers of disease, including microRNAs (miRNAs), with viral and tumor-derived miRNAs being detected in exosomes from individuals with KSHV-associated malignancies. In the current study, the host and viral extracellular mature miRNA expression profiles were analyzed in blood of KS-negative individuals in Uganda, comparing those with or without KSHV detectable from the oropharynx...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415208/breathprinting-reveals-malaria-associated-biomarkers-and-mosquito-attractants
#3
Chad L Schaber, Nalin Katta, Lucy B Bollinger, Mwawi Mwale, Rachel Mlotha-Mitole, Indi Trehan, Barani Raman, Audrey R Odom John
Current evidence suggests that malaria infection could alter patient breath metabolites, a phenomenon that could be exploited to create a breath-based diagnostic test. However, no study has explored this in a clinical setting. To investigate whether natural human malaria infection leads to a characteristic breath profile, we performed a field study in Malawi. Breath volatiles from children with and without uncomplicated falciparum malaria were analyzed by thermal desorption-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29410111/an-aptamer-enabled-dna-nanobox-for-protein-sensing
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Marco S L Tang, Simon Chi-Chin Shiu, Maia Godonoga, Yee-Wai Cheung, Shaolin Liang, Roderick M Dirkzwager, Andrew B Kinghorn, Lewis A Fraser, Jonathan G Heddle, Julian A Tanner
DNA nanostructures can show dynamic responses to molecular triggers for a wide variety of applications. Whilst DNA sequence signal triggers are now well-established, there is a critical need for a broader diversity of molecular triggers to drive dynamic responses in DNA nanostructures. DNA aptamers are ideal; they can both seamlessly integrate into DNA nanostructure scaffolds and transduce molecular recognition into functional responses. Here, we report construction and optimization of a DNA origami nanobox locked by a pair of DNA double strands where one strand is a DNA aptamer targeting the malaria biomarker protein Plasmodium falciparum lactate dehydrogenase...
January 30, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29376251/-current-advance-in-cerebral-malaria
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Jian-Liang Li, Kai Li, Yuan Guo, Zheng Zhao, Li-Na Chen, Xiao-Hui Jiang, Yu-Jie Li, Ya Tu, Xiao-Jun Zheng
Cerebral malaria (CM), a severe neurological syndrome caused by Plasmodium falciparum infection, is a serious life-threatening disease with a high mortality. Survivors' persistent brain injury is manifested as long-term neurocognitive disorders. The main neuropathological feature of CM is the sequestration of parasited red blood cells (pRBCs) in cerebral microvessels. Other neuropathological features of CM include petechial hemorrhage in the brain parenchyma, annular hemorrhage, extensive brain endothelial cell activation, and focal endothelial cell injury and necrosis...
December 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29363447/emerging-pyrethroid-resistance-among-anopheles-arabiensis-in-kenya
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Elizabeth Hemming-Schroeder, Stephanie Strahl, Eugene Yang, Amanda Nguyen, Eugenia Lo, Daibin Zhong, Harrysone Atieli, Andrew Githeko, Guiyun Yan
Vector control programs, particularly in the form of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs), are essential for achieving malaria elimination goals. Recent reports of increasing knockdown resistance (kdr) mutation frequencies for Anopheles arabiensis in Western Kenya heightens the concern on the future effectiveness of ITNs in Kenya. We examined resistance in An. arabiensis populations across Kenya through kdr mutations and World Health Organization-recommended bioassays. We detected two kdr alleles, L1014F and L1014S...
January 22, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355145/molecular-characterization-of-plasmodium-falciparum-in-arunachal-pradesh-from-northeast-india-based-on-merozoite-surface-protein-1-glutamate-rich-protein
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Nilanju Pran Sarmah, Kishore Sarma, Dibya Ranjan Bhattacharyya, Ali Sultan, Devendra Bansal, Neeru Singh, Praveen K Bharti, Hargobinder Kaur, Rakesh Sehgal, Pradyumna Kishore Mohapatra, Jagadish Mahanta
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Northeast (NE) India is one of the high endemic regions for malaria with a preponderance of Plasmodium falciparum, resulting in high morbidity and mortality. The P. falciparum parasite of this region showed high polymorphism in drug-resistant molecular biomarkers. However, there is a paucity of information related to merozoite surface protein 1 (msp-1) and glutamate-rich protein (glurp) which have been extensively studied in various parts of the world. The present study was, therefore, aimed at investigating the genetic diversity of P...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343745/malaria-infected-red-blood-cells-release-small-regulatory-rnas-through-extracellular-vesicles
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Kehinde Adebayo Babatunde, Smart Mbagwu, María Andrea Hernández-Castañeda, Swamy R Adapa, Michael Walch, Luis Filgueira, Laurent Falquet, Rays H Y Jiang, Ionita Ghiran, Pierre-Yves Mantel
The parasite Plasmodium falciparum causes the most severe form of malaria. Cell communication between parasites is an important mechanism to control population density and differentiation. The infected red blood cells (iRBCs) release small extracellular vesicles (EVs) that transfer cargoes between cells. The EVs synchronize the differentiation of the asexual parasites into gametocytes to initiate the transmission to the mosquito. Beside their role in parasite communication, EVs regulate vascular function. So far, the exact cargoes responsible for cellular communication remain unknown...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323249/probabilistic-data-integration-identifies-reliable-gametocyte-specific-proteins-and-transcripts-in-malaria-parasites
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Lisette Meerstein-Kessel, Robin van der Lee, Will Stone, Kjerstin Lanke, David A Baker, Pietro Alano, Francesco Silvestrini, Chris J Janse, Shahid M Khan, Marga van de Vegte-Bolmer, Wouter Graumans, Rianne Siebelink-Stoter, Taco W A Kooij, Matthias Marti, Chris Drakeley, Joseph J Campo, Teunis J P van Dam, Robert Sauerwein, Teun Bousema, Martijn A Huynen
Plasmodium gametocytes are the sexual forms of the malaria parasite essential for transmission to mosquitoes. To better understand how gametocytes differ from asexual blood-stage parasites, we performed a systematic analysis of available 'omics data for P. falciparum and other Plasmodium species. 18 transcriptomic and proteomic data sets were evaluated for the presence of curated "gold standards" of 41 gametocyte-specific versus 46 non-gametocyte genes and integrated using Bayesian probabilities, resulting in gametocyte-specificity scores for all P...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276621/developing-a-novel-risk-prediction-model-for-severe-malarial-anemia
#10
E B Brickley, E Kabyemela, J D Kurtis, M Fried, A M Wood, P E Duffy
As a pilot study to investigate whether personalized medicine approaches could have value for the reduction of malaria-related mortality in young children, we evaluated questionnaire and biomarker data collected from the Mother Offspring Malaria Study Project birth cohort (Muheza, Tanzania, 2002-2006) at the time of delivery as potential prognostic markers for pediatric severe malarial anemia. Severe malarial anemia, defined here as a Plasmodium falciparum infection accompanied by hemoglobin levels below 50 g/L, is a key manifestation of life-threatening malaria in high transmission regions...
2017: Glob Health Epidemiol Genom
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235484/paper-based-mos2-nanosheet-mediated-fret-aptasensor-for-rapid-malaria-diagnosis
#11
Alisha Geldert, Kenry, Chwee Teck Lim
There has been growing interest in the development of paper-based biosensors because their simplicity and low cost are attractive for point-of-care diagnosis, especially in low-resource areas. However, only a limited range of paper materials - primarily chromatography papers - have been incorporated into diagnostics thus far. Here, we investigate the performance of different types of paper in order to develop an aptamer- and MoS2 nanosheet-based sensor relying on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) to signal the presence of a target protein...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217416/identification-of-target-proteins-of-clinical-immunity-to-plasmodium-falciparum-in-a-region-of-low-malaria-transmission
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Hirokazu Sakamoto, Satoru Takeo, Eizo Takashima, Kazutoyo Miura, Bernard N Kanoi, Takamasa Kaneko, Eun-Taek Han, Mayumi Tachibana, Kazuhiro Matsuoka, Jetsumon Sattabongkot, Rachanee Udomsangpetch, Tomoko Ishino, Takafumi Tsuboi
The target molecules of antibodies against falciparum malaria remain largely unknown. Recently we have identified multiple proteins as targets of immunity against Plasmodium falciparum using African serum samples. To investigate whether potential targets of clinical immunity differ with transmission intensity, we assessed immune responses in residents of low malaria transmission region in Thailand. Malaria asymptomatic volunteers (Asy: n=19) and symptomatic patients (Sym: n=21) were enrolled into the study...
December 4, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206727/assessment-of-myocardial-function-and-injury-by-echocardiography-and-cardiac-biomarkers-in-african-children-with-severe-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria
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Simon Kotlyar, Peter Olupot-Olupot, Julius Nteziyaremye, Samuel O Akech, Sophie Uyoga, Rita Muhindo, Christopher L Moore, Kathryn Maitland
OBJECTIVES: Perturbed hemodynamic function complicates severe malaria. The Fluid Expansion as Supportive Therapy trial demonstrated that fluid resuscitation, involving children with severe malaria, was associated with increased mortality, primarily due to cardiovascular collapse, suggesting that myocardial dysfunction may have a role. The aim of this study was to characterize cardiac function in children with severe malaria. DESIGN: A prospective observational study with clinical, laboratory, and echocardiographic data collected at presentation (T0) and 24 hours (T1) in children with severe malaria...
December 4, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203846/sero-catalytic-and-antibody-acquisition-models-to-estimate-differing-malaria-transmission-intensities-in-western-kenya
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Grace E Weber, Michael T White, Anna Babakhanyan, Peter Odada Sumba, John Vulule, Dylan Ely, Chandy John, Evelina Angov, David Lanar, Sheetij Dutta, David L Narum, Toshihiro Horii, Alan Cowman, James Beeson, Joseph Smith, James W Kazura, Arlene E Dent
We sought to identify a subset of Plasmodium falciparum antibody targets that would inform monitoring efforts needed to eliminate malaria in high transmission settings. IgG antibodies to 28 recombinant Pf antigens were measured in residents of two communities in western Kenya examined in 2003 and 2013, when the respective prevalence of asymptomatic parasitemia among children was 81 and 15 percent by microscopy. Annual seroconversion rates based on a sero-catalytic model that dichotomised antibody values to negative versus positive showed that rates were higher in 2003 than 2013 for 1 pre-erythrocytic and 7 blood-stage antigens...
December 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181450/cerebrospinal-fluid-markers-to-distinguish-bacterial-meningitis-from-cerebral-malaria-in-children
#15
James M Njunge, Ian N Oyaro, Nelson K Kibinge, Martin K Rono, Symon M Kariuki, Charles R Newton, James A Berkley, Evelyn N Gitau
Background. Few hospitals in high malaria endemic countries in Africa have the diagnostic capacity for clinically distinguishing acute bacterial meningitis (ABM) from cerebral malaria (CM). As a result, empirical use of antibiotics is necessary. A biochemical marker of ABM would facilitate precise clinical diagnosis and management of these infections and enable rational use of antibiotics. Methods. We used label-free protein quantification by mass spectrometry to identify cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) markers that distinguish ABM (n=37) from CM (n=22) in Kenyan children...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166928/effects-of-long-term-weekly-iron-and-folic-acid-supplementation-on-lower-genital-tract-infection-a-double-blind-randomised-controlled-trial-in-burkina-faso
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Loretta Brabin, Stephen A Roberts, Sabine Gies, Andrew Nelson, Salou Diallo, Christopher J Stewart, Adama Kazienga, Julia Birtles, Sayouba Ouedraogo, Yves Claeys, Halidou Tinto, Umberto d'Alessandro, E Brian Faragher, Bernard Brabin
BACKGROUND: Provision of routine iron supplements to prevent anaemia could increase the risk for lower genital tract infections as virulence of some pathogens depends on iron availability. This trial in Burkina Faso assessed whether weekly periconceptional iron supplementation increased the risk of lower genital tract infection in young non-pregnant and pregnant women. METHODS: Genital tract infections were assessed within a double blind, controlled, non-inferiority trial of malaria risk among nulliparous women, randomised to receive either iron and folic acid or folic acid alone, weekly, under direct observation for 18 months...
November 23, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121448/malaria-exacerbates-inflammation-associated-elevation-in-ferritin-and-soluble-transferrin-receptor-with-only-modest-effects-on-iron-deficiency-and-iron-deficiency-anemia-among-rural-zambian-children
#17
Maxwell A Barffour, Kerry J Schulze, Christian L Coles, Justin Chileshe, Ng'andwe Kalungwana, Ward Siamusantu, Margia Arguello, William J Moss, Keith P West, Amanda C Palmer
OBJECTIVE: In 4-8-year-old Zambian children (n=744), we evaluated the effects of adjusting for inflammation (α1-acid glycoprotein > 1 g/L), with or without additional adjustment for malaria, on prevalence estimates of iron deficiency (ID) and iron deficiency anemia (IDA) during low malaria (LowM) and high malaria (HighM) transmission seasons. METHODS: To estimate adjustment factors, children were classified as: a) reference (malaria negative without inflammation), b) inflammation without malaria (I), c) malaria without inflammation (M), and d) inflammation with malaria (IM)...
November 9, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119359/early-hiv-infection-among-persons-referred-for-malaria-parasite-testing-in-nigeria
#18
Babatunde A Olusola, David O Olaleye, Georgina N Odaibo
Persons in the early stages of HIV infection are the major drivers of new infections. These individuals may also develop renal dysfunctions at this time. Nigeria, as other African countries, has one of the highest prevalence of newly diagnosed HIV infections. Despite this, limited information exists on early HIV detection in the continent. This may be related to difficulties in providing early HIV diagnosis and treatment. Patients referred for malaria testing may provide a unique opportunity for early HIV detection...
November 8, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115957/towards-a-needle-free-diagnosis-of-malaria-in-vivo-identification-and-classification-of-red-and-white-blood-cells-containing-haemozoin
#19
Jennifer L Burnett, Jennifer L Carns, Rebecca Richards-Kortum
BACKGROUND: Optical detection of circulating haemozoin has been suggested as a needle free method to diagnose malaria using in vivo microscopy. Haemozoin is generated within infected red blood cells by the malaria parasite, serving as a highly specific, endogenous biomarker of malaria. However, phagocytosis of haemozoin by white blood cells which persist after the infection is resolved presents the potential for false positive diagnosis; therefore, the focus of this work is to identify a feature of the haemozoin signal to discriminate between infected red blood cells and haemozoin-containing white blood cells...
November 7, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109698/the-emerging-facets-of-non-cancerous-warburg-effect
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Alyaa M Abdel-Haleem, Nathan E Lewis, Neema Jamshidi, Katsuhiko Mineta, Xin Gao, Takashi Gojobori
The Warburg effect (WE), or aerobic glycolysis, is commonly recognized as a hallmark of cancer and has been extensively studied for potential anti-cancer therapeutics development. Beyond cancer, the WE plays an important role in many other cell types involved in immunity, angiogenesis, pluripotency, and infection by pathogens (e.g., malaria). Here, we review the WE in non-cancerous context as a "hallmark of rapid proliferation." We observe that the WE operates in rapidly dividing cells in normal and pathological states that are triggered by internal and external cues...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
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