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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634183/syk-inhibitors-interfere-with-erythrocyte-membrane-modification-during-p-falciparum-growth-and-suppress-parasite-egress
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Antonella Pantaleo, Kristina R Kesely, Maria Carmina Pau, Ioannis Tsamesidis, Evelin Schwarzer, Oleksii A Skorokhod, Huynh D Chien, Marta Ponzi, Lucia Bertuccini, Philip S Low, Francesco M Turrini
Band 3 (a.k.a. the anion exchanger, SLCA1, AE1) constitutes the major attachment site of the spectrin-based cytoskeleton to the erythrocyte's lipid bilayer and thereby contributes critically to the stability of the red cell membrane. During the intra-erythrocytic stage of Plasmodium falciparum's life cycle, band 3 becomes tyrosine phosphorylated in response to oxidative stress, leading to a decrease in its affinity for the spectrin/actin cytoskeleton and causing global membrane destabilization. Because this membrane weakening is hypothesized to facilitate parasite egress and the consequent dissemination of released merozoites throughout the bloodstream, we decided to explore which tyrosine kinase inhibitors might block the kinase-induced membrane destabilization...
June 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634040/1-2-4-triazole-and-1-3-4-oxadiazole-analogues-synthesis-mo-studies-in-silico-molecular-docking-studies-antimalarial-as-dhfr-inhibitor-and-antimicrobial-activities
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Sampark S Thakkar, Parth Thakor, Hiren Doshi, Arabinda Ray
1,2,4-Triazole and 1,3,4-oxadiazole analogues are of interest due to their potential activity against microbial and malarial infections. In search of suitable antimicrobial and antimalarial compounds, we report here the synthesis, characterization and biological activities of 1,2,4-triazole and 1,3,4-oxadiazole analogues (SS 1-SS 10). The molecules were characterized by IR, mass, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and elemental analysis. The in vitro antimicrobial activity was investigated against pathogenic strains, the results were explained with the help of DFT and PM6 molecular orbital calculations...
May 27, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633997/nicotinamide-inhibits-the-growth-of-p-falciparum-and-enhances-the-antimalarial-effect-of-artemisinin-chloroquine-and-pyrimethamine
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Sergey O Tcherniuk, Olga Chesnokova, Irina V Oleinikov, Andrew V Oleinikov
Nicotinamide (vitamin B3) - is a water soluble amide derivative of nicotinic acid, which has been used at high doses for a variety of therapeutic applications. However, its antimalarial effect has not been intensively explored. In this work we analysed the effect of nicotinamide alone and in combination with artemisinin, chloroquine andpyrimethamine on the growth of blood stages of P. falciparum. Our results demonstrate that nicotinamide effectively inhibits the growth of blood stage parasites with IC50 of 6...
June 17, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630942/antimalarial-drugs-and-the-prevalence-of-mental-and-neurological-manifestations-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
Mary A Bitta, Symon M Kariuki, Clifford Mwita, Samson Gwer, Leah Mwai, Charles R J C Newton
Background: Antimalarial drugs affect the central nervous system, but it is difficult to differentiate the effect of these drugs from that of the malaria illness. We conducted a systematic review to determine the association between anti-malarial drugs and mental and neurological impairment in humans.  Methods: We systematically searched online databases, including Medline/PubMed, PsychoInfo, and Embase, for articles published up to 14th July 2016. Pooled prevalence, heterogeneity and factors associated with prevalence of mental and neurological manifestations were determined using meta-analytic techniques...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619033/social-representations-of-malaria-in-the-guna-indigenous-population-of-comarca-guna-de-madungandi-panama
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Lorenzo Cáceres, José E Calzada, Amanda Gabster, Josue Young, Ricardo Márquez, Rolando Torres, Margarita Griffith
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study was to recognize the social representation of the Guna indigenous population by identifying cultural elements related to malaria, in order to create an intercultural approach to any health intervention to control and prevent the disease. METHODS: This qualitative study has an anthropological focus that used participant observation, informal conversations, focus groups, interviews, in-depth interviews with key actors. Analyses included review, classification and categorization of interviews...
June 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615847/larvicidal-potency-of-marine-actinobacteria-isolated-from-mangrove-environment-against-aedes-aegypti-and-anopheles-stephensi
#6
S Balakrishnan, P Santhanam, M Srinivasan
The marine soil samples were collected from different locations of Parangipettai mangrove ecosystem, Vellar estuary, southeast coast of India. Totally 30 different marine actinobacteria were isolated by serial dilution plate technique on starch casein agar medium. The isolated actinobacteria were investigated for their larvicidal activity against Aedes aegypti and Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes. Streptomyces fungicidicus, S. griseus, S. albus, S. alboflavus and S. rochei were identified as potential biocide producers...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615016/ex-vivo-susceptibility-and-genotyping-of-plasmodium-falciparum-isolates-from-pikine-senegal
#7
Aminata Mbaye, Amy Gaye, Baba Dieye, Yaye D Ndiaye, Amy K Bei, Muna Affara, Awa B Deme, Mamadou S Yade, Khadim Diongue, Ibrahima M Ndiaye, Tolla Ndiaye, Mouhamed Sy, Ngayo Sy, Ousmane Koita, Donald J Krogstad, Sarah Volkman, Davis Nwakanma, Daouda Ndiaye
BACKGROUND: The monitoring of Plasmodium falciparum sensitivity to anti-malarial drugs is a necessity for effective case management of malaria. This species is characterized by a strong resistance to anti-malarial drugs. In Senegal, the first cases of chloroquine resistance were reported in the Dakar region in 1988 with nearly 7% population prevalence, reaching 47% by 1990. It is in this context that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine temporarily replaced chloroquine as first line treatment in 2003, pending the introduction of artemisinin-based combination therapy in 2006...
June 14, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606185/non-malarial-infectious-diseases-of-antenatal-care-in-pregnant-women-in-franceville-gabon
#8
Irene Pegha Moukandja, Edgard Brice Ngoungou, Guy Joseph Lemamy, Ulrick Bisvigou, Antoine Gessain, Fousseyni S Toure Ndouo, Mirdad Kazanji, Jean Bernard Lekana-Douki
BACKGROUND: In sub-tropical countries, infectious diseases remain one of the main causes of mortality. Because of their lack of active immunity, pregnant women and their unborn children represent the most susceptible people. In Gabon, data on infectious diseases of pregnant women such as syphilis and rubella are either scarce or very old. Few studies have assessed T. gondii infection during pregnancy in the country. Here, we evaluate seroprevalence of HIV, HTVL-1, syphilis and T. gondii and rubella infection during antenatal care among women living in Franceville, Gabon...
June 12, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605993/in-vitro-sensitivity-to-antimalarial-drugs-and-polymorphisms-in-pfg377-gene-in-plasmodium-falciparum-field-isolates-from-mewat-india
#9
Vineeta Singh, Amit Kumar, Purva Gupta
The malaria infection is the interplay of several complex factors, among which drug resistance and gametocyte biology are the crucial ones. Measurements of the drug sensitivity assays and prevalence of gametocyte genes play a major role in malaria eradication programmes. The purpose of this study was to assess the current drug sensitivity profile in the field isolates and type the Pfg377 gene. In vitro drug sensitivity assay was used to assess the susceptibility of Plasmodium falciparum field isolates collected from Mewat (Haryana), located in Northern region of India to four anti-malarial drugs...
June 12, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595540/apicoplast-import-protein-tic20-a-promising-therapeutic-molecular-target-for-plasmodium-falciparum-an-insilico-approach-for-therapeutic-intervention
#10
Pavan C P K Srimath-Tirumala-Peddinti, Sandeep Solmon Kusuma, Deepthi Nammi, Nageswara Rao Reddy Neelapu
Malaria is a lethal disease causing mortality to over millions each year. Drug resistance in the malarial parasite encouraged to discover effective antimalarial drug targets and drugs. An objective of this current study is to identify drug targets for malarial parasite. Genes unique, non-homologous to humans and essential for parasite are identified using BLASTn by comparing genomes between parasite and host. Further open BLASTp was used to filter the targets specific to Plasmodium species and later were subjected to gene property analysis to identify 65 potential targets...
June 5, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594960/a-portable-image-based-cytometer-for-rapid-malaria-detection-and-quantification
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Dahou Yang, Gowtham Subramanian, Jinming Duan, Shaobing Gao, Li Bai, Rajesh Chandramohanadas, Ye Ai
Increasing resistance by malaria parasites to currently used antimalarials across the developing world warrants timely detection and classification so that appropriate drug combinations can be administered before clinical complications arise. However, this is often challenged by low levels of infection (referred to as parasitemia) and presence of predominantly young parasitic forms in the patients' peripheral blood. Herein, we developed a simple, inexpensive and portable image-based cytometer that detects and numerically counts Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells (iRBCs) from Giemsa-stained smears derived from infected blood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592250/community-based-intermittent-mass-testing-and-treatment-for-malaria-in-an-area-of-high-transmission-intensity-western-kenya-study-design-and-methodology-for-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Aaron M Samuels, Nobert Awino, Wycliffe Odongo, Benard Abong'o, John Gimnig, Kephas Otieno, Ya Ping Shi, Vincent Were, Denise Roth Allen, Florence Were, Tony Sang, David Obor, John Williamson, Mary J Hamel, S Patrick Kachur, Laurence Slutsker, Kim A Lindblade, Simon Kariuki, Meghna Desai
Most human Plasmodium infections in western Kenya are asymptomatic and are believed to contribute importantly to malaria transmission. Elimination of asymptomatic infections requires active treatment approaches, such as mass testing and treatment (MTaT) or mass drug administration (MDA), as infected persons do not seek care for their infection. Evaluations of community-based approaches that are designed to reduce malaria transmission require careful attention to study design to ensure that important effects can be measured accurately...
June 7, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590246/evidence-from-a-natural-experiment-that-malaria-parasitemia-is-pathogenic-in-retinopathy-negative-cerebral-malaria
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Dylan S Small, Terrie E Taylor, Douglas G Postels, Nicholas Av Beare, Jing Cheng, Ian Jc MacCormick, Karl B Seydel
Cerebral malaria (CM) can be classified as retinopathy-positive or retinopathy-negative, based on the presence or absence of characteristic retinal features. While malaria parasites are considered central to the pathogenesis of retinopathy-positive CM, their contribution to retinopathy-negative CM is largely unknown. One theory is that malaria parasites are innocent bystanders in retinopathy-negative CM and the etiology of the coma is entirely non-malarial. Because hospitals in malaria-endemic areas often lack diagnostic facilities to identify non-malarial causes of coma, it has not been possible to evaluate the contribution of malaria infection to retinopathy-negative CM...
June 7, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589330/triple-combination-therapy-and-drug-cycling-tangential-strategies-for-countering-artemisinin-resistance
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REVIEW
Bhattacharjee Dipanjan, G Shivaprakash, O Balaji
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review attempts to understand the reasons for the successes and failures of the two novel strategies that have slowly begun to emerge as potential counters for anti-malarial drug resistance-"Triple Combination Therapy" and "Drug Cycling." RECENT FINDINGS: Recent reports have suggested that increasing the heterogeneity within the parasite's environment, both at an individual and the population level, may help raise the probabilistic barrier of development of resistance in the parasite...
July 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587615/genome-wide-scans-for-the-identification-of-plasmodium-vivax-genes-under-positive-selection
#15
Hai-Mo Shen, Shen-Bo Chen, Yue Wang, Bin Xu, Eniola Michael Abe, Jun-Hu Chen
BACKGROUND: The current trend of Plasmodium vivax cases imported from Southeast Asia into China has sharply increased recently, especially from the China-Myanmar border (CMB) area. High recombination rates of P. vivax populations associated with varied transmission intensity might cause distinct local selective pressures. The information on the genetic variability of P. vivax in this area is scant. Hence, this study assessed the genetic diversity of P. vivax genome sequence in CMB area and aimed to provide information on the positive selection of new gene loci...
June 6, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571216/plasmodium-vivax-induced-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-dilemma-in-preeclampsia
#16
Richa Sharma, Amita Suneja, Anu Yadav, Kiran Guleria
Malaria during pregnancy can cause various feto-maternal complications. Life threatening respiratory involvement is rare with vivax malaria but common with Plasmodium falciparum. In most of the cases severe respiratory involvement occurs, after beginning of anti-malarial treatment. We are reporting a case which involved a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge, as the pregnant woman with severe preeclampsia developed acute respiratory distress, actually caused by Plasmodium vivax.
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571144/seroprevalence-and-trends-of-transfusion-transmissible-infections-in-blood-donors-in-andaman-and-nicobar-islands-an-institutional-retrospective-study
#17
Sahil Sehgal, P S Shaiji, Rupinder Kaur Brar
INTRODUCTION: Transfusion Transmissible Infections (TTIs) such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and syphilis pose a threat to blood safety in a developing country like India. AIM: To determine the prevalence of TTIs among healthy donors in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, and to further help in determination of the population subset to be focused on for enhancing blood donor pool. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted on all voluntary and replacement donors in a tertiary health care centre in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for a period of three years...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569315/enhancing-the-sensing-specificity-of-a-mos2-nanosheet-based-fret-aptasensor-using-a-surface-blocking-strategy
#18
Alisha Geldert, Kenry, Xiao Zhang, Hua Zhang, Chwee Teck Lim
Aptamer-based biosensing, which uses short, single-stranded nucleic acid segments to bind to a target, can be advantageous over antibody-based diagnostics due to the ease of synthesis and high stability of aptamers. However, the development of most aptamer-based sensors (aptasensors) is still in its initial stages and many factors affecting their performance have not been studied in great detail. Here, we enhance the sensing specificity of a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based MoS2 nanosheet aptasensor in detecting the malarial biomarker Plasmodium lactate dehydrogenase (pLDH)...
June 1, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569154/evaluation-of-the-knowledge-and-attitude-of-pharmacists-about-the-national-malaria-control-policy-in-southern-benin
#19
Habib Ganfon, Giraud Ekanmian, Louis Amoussou, Emilie Daniel-Garcia, Aurel Constant Allabi
BACKGROUND: The national strategy against malaria in an endemic country should involve all the health stakeholders. In Benin, the private sector is rarely present in the activities of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), and its surveillance system does not cover private sector outlets that are a non-negligible part of the healthcare system. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the drug delivery practices within private pharmacies of Cotonou and Porto-Novo and the awareness of medicine providers concerning the national policy of malaria treatment...
May 31, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566538/the-plasma-membrane-calcium-atpases-and-their-role-as-major-new-players-in-human-disease
#20
REVIEW
Nicholas Stafford, Claire Wilson, Delvac Oceandy, Ludwig Neyses, Elizabeth J Cartwright
The Ca(2+) extrusion function of the four mammalian isoforms of the plasma membrane calcium ATPases (PMCAs) is well established. There is also ever-increasing detail known of their roles in global and local Ca(2+) homeostasis and intracellular Ca(2+) signaling in a wide variety of cell types and tissues. It is becoming clear that the spatiotemporal patterns of expression of the PMCAs and the fact that their abundances and relative expression levels vary from cell type to cell type both reflect and impact on their specific functions in these cells...
July 1, 2017: Physiological Reviews
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