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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814926/wuchereria-bancrofti-infection-at-four-primary-schools-and-surrounding-communities-with-no-previous-blood-surveys-in-northern-uganda-the-prevalence-after-mass-drug-administrations-and-a-report-on-suspected-non-filarial-endemic-elephantiasis
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Emmanuel Igwaro Odongo-Aginya, Alex Olia, Kilama Justin Luwa, Eiji Nagayasu, Anna Mary Auma, Geoffrey Egitat, Gerald Mwesigwa, Yoshitaka Ogino, Eisaku Kimura, Toshihiro Horii
BACKGROUND: A prevalence study of Wuchereria bancrofti infection was carried out in 2014 at 4 study sites in northern Uganda using antigen and microfilaria tests. Each study site consists of a primary school and surrounding communities. These sites are inside the filariasis endemic area and have been covered by mass drug administration under the national elimination programme. However, no prevalence study had been conducted there before the present study. Without information on past and present endemicity levels, our study was meant to be an independent third-party investigation to know the latest filariasis situation...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814310/modelling-the-benefits-of-long-acting-or-transmission-blocking-drugs-for-reducing-plasmodium-falciparum-transmission-by-case-management-or-by-mass-treatment
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Michael T Bretscher, Jamie T Griffin, Azra C Ghani, Lucy C Okell
BACKGROUND: Anti-malarial drugs are an important tool for malaria control and elimination. Alongside their direct benefit in the treatment of disease, drug use has a community-level effect, clearing the reservoir of infection and reducing onward transmission of the parasite. Different compounds potentially have different impacts on transmission-with some providing periods of prolonged chemoprophylaxis whilst others have greater transmission-blocking potential. The aim was to quantify the relative benefit of such properties for transmission reduction to inform target product profiles in the drug development process and choice of first-line anti-malarial treatment in different endemic settings...
August 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810125/cheminformatic-analysis-of-anti-malarial-chemical-space-illuminates-therapeutic-mechanisms-and-offers-strategies-for-therapy-development
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Julia Nogueira Varela, María Fernanda Fernanda Lammoglia Cobo, Sandip V Pawar, Vikramaditya G Yadav
The clear and present danger of malaria, which has been amplified in recent years by climate change, and the progressive thinning of our drug arsenal over the past two decades raise uncomfortable questions about the current state and future of anti-malarial drug development. Besides suffering from many of the same technical challenges that affect drug development in other disease areas, the quest for new anti-malarial therapies is also hindered by the complex, dynamic life cycle of the malaria parasite, P. falciparum, in its mosquito and human hosts, and its role thereof in the elicitation of drug resistance...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808204/safety-immunogenicity-and-cross-species-protection-of-a-plasmid-dna-encoding-plasmodium-falciparum-sera5-polypeptide-microbial-epitopes-and-chemokine-genes-in-mice-and-olive-baboons
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Nyamongo Onkoba, Ruth M Mumo, Horace Ochanda, Charles Omwandho, Hastings S Ozwara, Thomas G Egwang
Incorporation of biomolecular epitopes to malarial antigens should be explored in the development of strain-transcending malarial vaccines. The present study sought to determine safety, immunogenicity and cross-species efficacy ofPlasmodium falciparum serine repeat antigen 5 polypeptide co-expressed with epitopes of Bacille-Calmette Guerin (BCG), tetanus toxoid (TT) and a chemokine gene. Olive baboons and BALB/c mice were randomly assigned into vaccine and control groups. The vaccine group animals were primed and boosted twice with pIRES plasmids encoding the SERA5+ BCG+ TT alone, or with either CCL5 or CCL20 and the control group with pIRES plasmid vector backbone...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806961/molecular-analysis-demonstrates-high-prevalence-of-chloroquine-resistance-but-no-evidence-of-artemisinin-resistance-in-plasmodium-falciparum-in-the-chittagong-hill-tracts-of-bangladesh
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Mohammad Shafiul Alam, Benedikt Ley, Maisha Khair Nima, Fatema Tuj Johora, Mohammad Enayet Hossain, Kamala Thriemer, Sarah Auburn, Jutta Marfurt, Ric N Price, Wasif A Khan
BACKGROUND: Artemisinin resistance is present in the Greater Mekong region and poses a significant threat for current anti-malarial treatment guidelines in Bangladesh. The aim of this molecular study was to assess the current status of drug resistance in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh near the Myanmar border. METHODS: Samples were obtained from patients enrolled into a Clinical Trial (NCT02389374) conducted in Alikadam, Bandarban between August 2014 and January 2015...
August 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800082/complete-chloroplast-genome-sequence-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-the-medicinal-plant-artemisia-annua
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Xiaofeng Shen, Mingli Wu, Baosheng Liao, Zhixiang Liu, Rui Bai, Shuiming Xiao, Xiwen Li, Boli Zhang, Jiang Xu, Shilin Chen
The complete chloroplast genome of Artemisia annua (Asteraceae), the primary source of artemisinin, was sequenced and analyzed. The A. annua cp genome is 150,995 bp, and harbors a pair of inverted repeat regions (IRa and IRb), of 24,850 bp each that separate large (LSC, 82,988 bp) and small (SSC, 18,267 bp) single-copy regions. Our annotation revealed that the A. annua cp genome contains 113 genes and 18 duplicated genes. The gene order in the SSC region of A. annua is inverted; this fact is consistent with the sequences of chloroplast genomes from three other Artemisia species...
August 11, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800035/the-anti-malarial-drug-artesunate-attenuates-cardiac-injury-in-a-rodent-model-of-myocardial-infarction
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Areeg I Khan, Amar Kapoor, Jianmin Che, Lukas Martin, Mara Rogazzo, Thomas Mercier, Laurent Decosterd, Massimo Collino, Christoph Thiemermann
Ischaemic heart disease remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the Western world. Artesunate is the WHO-recommended drug of choice for complicated malaria (with organ failure). The administration of high doses of artesunate is safe in healthy volunteers (up to 8 mg/kg i.v) and patients with severe malaria (2.4 mg/kg i.v). We investigated the effects of artesunate (1 mg/kg) or its active metabolite dihydroartemisinin (DHA; 0.1 mg/kg) in a model of transient myocardial ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) and evaluated the mechanism of action of the observed cardioprotective effects of artesunate and DHA...
August 9, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790385/connexin-43-enhances-tumor-suppressing-activity-of-artesunate-via-gap-junction-dependent-as-well-as-independent-pathways-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
#8
Asif Raza, Archita Ghoshal, S Chockalingam, Siddhartha Sankar Ghosh
The gap junction (GJ) protein connexin-43 (Cx43) is considered as a tumour suppressor protein for its role in reversing the phenotype of the cancer cells. In this study, we exploited the antitumor property of Cx43 in conjunction with the artesunate (ART), a plant-based active anti-malarial compound. The reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by ART resulted in DNA damage, which in turn led to DNA damage response by activation of DNA damage repair proteins. GJ deficient MCF-7 cells transfected with Cx43 gene showed an increased sensitivity towards dose-dependent ART treatment and required a significantly lower dose of ART to attain its IC50, as compared to parental cells...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789907/benzothiazole-analogues-synthesis-characterization-mo-calculations-with-pm6-and-dft-in-silico-studies-and-in-vitro-antimalarial-as-dhfr-inhibitors-and-antimicrobial-activities
#9
Sampark S Thakkar, Parth Thakor, Arabinda Ray, Hiren Doshi, Vasudev R Thakkar
Benzothiazole analogues are of interest due to their potential activity against malarial and microbial infections. In search of suitable antimicrobial and antimalarial agents, we report here the synthesis, characterization and biological activities of benzothiazole analogues (J 1-J 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...
July 29, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782517/structural-analysis-of-owl-monkey-mhc-dr-shows-that-fully-protective-malaria-vaccine-components-can-be-readily-used-in-humans
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Carlos F Suárez, Laura Pabón, Ana Barrera, Jorge Aza-Conde, Manuel Alfonso Patarroyo, Manuel Elkin Patarroyo
More than 50 years ago the owl monkey (genus Aotus) was found to be highly susceptible to developing human malaria, making it an excellent experimental model for this disease. Microbes and parasites' (especially malaria) tremendous genetic variability became resolved during our malaria vaccine development, involving conserved peptides having high host cell binding activity (cHABPs); however, cHABPs are immunologically silent and must be specially modified (mHABPs) to induce a perfect fit into major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules (HLA in humans)...
August 3, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777043/diagnostic-potential-of-monoclonal-antibodies-developed-against-c-terminal-polypeptide-of-p-falciparum-histidine-rich-protein2-pfhrp2-in-malaria-infected-patients-from-india
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Reena Verma, Sara Chandy, N S Jayaprakash, Anand Manoharan, M A Vijayalakshmi, Krishnan Venkataraman
Malaria, caused by Plasmodium falciparum has become a major health burden in most tropical and developing countries. P. falciparum Histidine Rich Protein2 (PfHRP2), which exhibits polymorphism, is being widely used as a diagnostic marker. Recently, we reported the development of monoclonal antibodies against conserved C-terminal 105 amino acids of PfHRP2 for malaria diagnosis. Now, in this study, the diagnostic performance of two anti-C-terminal PfHRP2 mAbs (b10c1 and Aa3c10) were evaluated with 100 blood samples from clinically identified malaria patients from seven different geographical centers in India...
August 4, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774303/comparison-of-anti-malarial-drugs-efficacy-in-the-treatment-of-uncomplicated-malaria-in-african-children-and-adults-using-network-meta-analysis
#12
Solange Whegang Youdom, Rachida Tahar, Leonardo K Basco
BACKGROUND: Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) and novel drug combinations are available and used in African countries to treat uncomplicated malaria. Network meta-analysis methods are rarely and poorly applied for the comparison of their efficacies. This method was applied on a set of randomized controlled trials to illustrate its usefulness. METHODS: A literature review available in Pubmed was conducted in July 2016. Eligible studies, conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, published between 2002 and 2016, focused on randomized controlled trials of at least two artemisinin-based combinations to treat uncomplicated malaria in children and adults...
August 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772211/autophagy-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-during-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-renal-cell-carcinoma-an-in-vitro-study
#13
Mamta Singla, Shalmoli Bhattacharyya
Cancer progression toward invasive and metastatic disease is aided by reactivation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), involving transdifferentiation of epithelial cells into mesenchymal phenotype. This leads to increased migratory and stem cell-like features in the cells. These EMT cells are more resistant to chemotherapy and it is hypothesized that the phenomenon of autophagy induces resistance, providing a survival strategy for cells. In the present study, we induced EMT-like phenotype in renal carcinoma cells and identified corresponding higher autophagy flux in these cells...
July 31, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766511/unusual-cardiac-involvement-in-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-manifesting-as-acute-congestive-heart-failure
#14
Htoo Kyaw, Deepika Misra, Malary M Mani, Won J Park, Meir Shinnar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765885/anti-angiogenic-properties-of-artemisinin-derivatives-review
#15
Tianshu Wei, Ju Liu
Angiogenesis, the process involving the development of new blood vessels from existing capillaries, is critical for growth and wound healing. However, pathological angiogenesis contributes to the pathogeneses of numerous diseases, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Hence, the inhibition of angiogenesis is an effective therapeutic approach for these diseases. Apart from its anti-malarial properties, artemisinin and its derivatives also exhibit potent anti-angiogenic properties...
July 31, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765838/sex-specific-molecular-responses-of-quick-to-court-protein-in-indian-malarial-vector-anopheles-culicifacies-conflict-of-mating-versus-blood-feeding-behaviour
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Tanwee Das De, Punita Sharma, Charu Rawal, Seena Kumari, Sanjay Tavetiya, Jyoti Yadav, Yasha Hasija, Rajnikant Dixit
Understanding the molecular basis of mosquito behavioural complexity plays a central role in designing novel molecular tools to fight against their vector-borne diseases. Although the olfactory system plays an important role in guiding and managing many behavioural responses including feeding and mating, but the sex-specific regulation of olfactory responses remain poorly investigated. From our ongoing transcriptomic data annotation of olfactory tissue of blood fed adult female An. culicifacies mosquitoes; we have identified a 383 bp long unique transcript encoding a Drosophila homolog of the quick-to-court protein...
July 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764792/deployment-and-use-of-mobile-phone-technology-for-real-time-reporting-of-fever-cases-and-malaria-treatment-failure-in-areas-of-declining-malaria-transmission-in-muheza-district-north-eastern-tanzania
#17
Filbert Francis, Deus S Ishengoma, Bruno P Mmbando, Acleus S M Rutta, Mwelecele N Malecela, Benjamin Mayala, Martha M Lemnge, Edwin Michael
BACKGROUND: Early detection of febrile illnesses at community level is essential for improved malaria case management and control. Currently, mobile phone-based technology has been commonly used to collect and transfer health information and services in different settings. This study assessed the applicability of mobile phone-based technology in real-time reporting of fever cases and management of malaria by village health workers (VHWs) in north-eastern Tanzania. METHODS: The community mobile phone-based disease surveillance and treatment for malaria (ComDSTM) platform, combined with mobile phones and web applications, was developed and implemented in three villages and one dispensary in Muheza district from November 2013 to October 2014...
August 1, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764723/systematic-review-on-traditional-medicinal-plants-used-for-the-treatment-of-malaria-in-ethiopia-trends-and-perspectives
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Getachew Alebie, Befikadu Urga, Amha Worku
BACKGROUND: Ethiopia is endowed with abundant medicinal plant resources and traditional medicinal practices. However, available research evidence on indigenous anti-malarial plants is highly fragmented in the country. The present systematic review attempted to explore, synthesize and compile ethno-medicinal research evidence on anti-malarial medicinal plants in Ethiopia. METHODS: A systematic web search analysis and review was conducted on research literature pertaining to medicinal plants used for traditional malaria treatment in Ethiopia...
August 1, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764717/a-longitudinal-cohort-study-of-malaria-exposure-and-changing-serostatus-in-a-malaria-endemic-area-of-rural-tanzania
#19
Ryan A Simmons, Leonard Mboera, Marie Lynn Miranda, Alison Morris, Gillian Stresman, Elizabeth L Turner, Randall Kramer, Chris Drakeley, Wendy P O'Meara
BACKGROUND: Measurements of anti-malarial antibodies are increasingly used as a proxy of transmission intensity. Most serological surveys are based on the use of cross-sectional data that, when age-stratified, approximates historical patterns of transmission within a population. Comparatively few studies leverage longitudinal data to explicitly relate individual infection events with subsequent antibody responses. METHODS: The occurrence of seroconversion and seroreversion events for two Plasmodium falciparum asexual stage antigens (MSP-1 and AMA-1) was examined using three annual measurements of 691 individuals from a cohort of individuals in a malaria-endemic area of rural east-central Tanzania...
August 2, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761609/evaluation-of-severe-malaria-case-management-in-mazowe-district-zimbabwe-2014
#20
Bargley Makumbe, Cremence Tshuma, Gerald Shambira, More Mungati, Notion Tafara Gombe, Donewell Bangure, Tsitsi Patience Juru, Mufuta Tshimanga
INTRODUCTION: Malaria is a preventable and curable disease. Mazowe district had been experiencing a lower malaria transmission rate in comparison to other districts in the Mashonaland Central province but it experienced a huge outbreak in the 2013-2014 rainy seasons with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 0.21%. This CFR was the highest in the province and it was twice as much as the national CFR (0.12%) for the same period. We evaluated severe malaria case management in Mazowe district to determine if practice is as per standard treatment guidelines...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
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