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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
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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/28727775/adolescent-health-in-rural-ghana-a-cross-sectional-study-on-the-co-occurrence-of-infectious-diseases-malnutrition-and-cardio-metabolic-risk-factors
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Marie Alicke, Justice K Boakye-Appiah, Inusah Abdul-Jalil, Andrea Henze, Markus van der Giet, Matthias B Schulze, Florian J Schweigert, Frank P Mockenhaupt, George Bedu-Addo, Ina Danquah
In sub-Saharan Africa, infectious diseases and malnutrition constitute the main health problems in children, while adolescents and adults are increasingly facing cardio-metabolic conditions. Among adolescents as the largest population group in this region, we investigated the co-occurrence of infectious diseases, malnutrition and cardio-metabolic risk factors (CRFs), and evaluated demographic, socio-economic and medical risk factors for these entities. In a cross-sectional study among 188 adolescents in rural Ghana, malarial infection, common infectious diseases and Body Mass Index were assessed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721818/eurycoma-longifolia-a-potential-phytomedicine-for-the-treatment-of-cancer-evidence-of-p53-mediated-apoptosis-in-cancerous-cells
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Hnin Ei Thu, Zahid Hussain, Isa Naina Mohamed, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid
BACKGROUND: Eurycoma longifolia is a well-documented herbal medicine that has gained widespread recognition due to its versatile pharmacological activities including anticancer, anti-malarial, antimicrobial, antioxidant, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, anti-diabetic, anti-rheumatism and anti-ulcer. Plethora of in vitro and in vivo studies evidenced their excellent anti-proliferative and anticancer efficacy against various types of human cancers. OBJECTIVE: This review was aimed to critically analyze the therapeutic viability and anticancer efficacy of Eurycoma longifolia in the treatment of cancer and also to propose its molecular and translational mechanism of cytotoxicity against cancerous cells...
July 18, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720135/exploring-anti-malarial-potential-of-fda-approved-drugs-an-in-silico-approach
#4
Gayatri Ramakrishnan, Nagasuma Chandra, Narayanaswamy Srinivasan
BACKGROUND: The critically important issue on emergence of drug-resistant malarial parasites is compounded by cross resistance, where resistance to one drug confers resistance to other chemically similar drugs or those that share mode of action. This aspect requires discovery of new anti-malarial compounds or formulation of new combination therapy. The current study attempts to contribute towards accelerating anti-malarial drug development efforts, by exploring the potential of existing FDA-approved drugs to target proteins of Plasmodium falciparum...
July 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719180/heterologous-expression-purification-and-functional-analysis-of-plasmodium-falciparum-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase
#5
Matthew Hassett, Anna Sternberg, Bryce Riegel, Craig J Thomas, Paul David Roepe
The Plasmodium falciparum malarial parasite genome appears to encode one and only one phosphatidylinositol 3'-kinase (PI3K) and sequence analysis suggests that the enzyme is a "class III" or "Vps34" type PI3K. The PfVps34 has generated excitement as a possible druggable target and potentially a key target of artemisinin-based antimalarials. In this study, we optimize the PfVps34 gene for heterologous expression in yeast, purify the protein to homogeneity, use a recently validated quantitative assay for phosphatidylinositol 3'-phosphate (PI3P) production from phosphatidylinositol (PI) (Hassett et al...
July 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712788/antimalarial-agent-artesunate-protects-concanavalin-a-induced-autoimmune-hepatitis-in-mice-by-inhibiting-inflammatory-responses
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Xin Zhao, MingJiang Liu, JinGui Li, ShaoJie Yin, YangYang Wu, AnYuan Wang
The anti-malarial drug artesunate (ARS) has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory activity. Its effect on autoimmune hepatitis remains unclear. Concanavalin A (Con A)-induced hepatitis was used in this study to reveal the potential action of ARS and the related mechanism. Mice were pretreated with ARS followed by Con A challenge. Con A caused obvious hepatic injury with higher levels of liver enzymes, elevated pro-inflammatory cytokines and activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways...
July 13, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699823/the-gmz2-malaria-vaccine-from-concept-to-efficacy-in-humans
#7
Michael Theisen, Bright Adu, Benjamin Mordmüller, Subhash Singh
GMZ2 is a recombinant protein consisting of conserved domains of GLURP and MSP3, two asexual blood-stage antigens of Plasmodium falciparum, and is designed with the aim of mimicking naturally acquired anti-malarial immunity. The rationale for combining these two antigens is based on a series of immune epidemiological studies from geographically diverse malaria endemic regions; functional in vitro studies; and pre-clinical studies in rodents and New World monkeys. GMZ2 adjuvanted with alhydrogel® (alum) was well tolerated and immunogenic in three phase 1 studies...
July 21, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698001/biolayer-interferometry-predicts-elisa-performance-of-monoclonal-antibody-pairs-for-plasmodium-falciparum-histidine-rich-protein-2
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C F Markwalter, I K Jang, R A Burton, G J Domingo, D W Wright
Predicting antibody pair performance in a sandwich format streamlines development of antibody-based diagnostics and laboratory research tools, such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) and lateral flow immunoassays (LFAs). We have evaluated panels of monoclonal antibodies against the malarial parasite biomarker Plasmodium falciparum histidine rich protein 2 (HRP2), including 9 new monoclonal antibodies, using biolayer interferometry (BLI) and screened antibody pairs in a checkerboard ELISA. This study showed BLI predicts antibody pair ELISA performance for HRP2...
July 8, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695709/-fe-s-cluster-assembly-in-the-apicoplast-and-its-indispensability-in-mosquito-stages-of-the-malaria-parasite
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Manish Charan, Hadi Hasan Choudhary, Nidhi Singh, Mohammad Sadik, Mohammad Imran Siddiqi, Satish Mishra, Saman Habib
The relict plastid (apicoplast) of the malaria parasite is the site for important biochemical pathways and is essential for parasite survival. The SUF pathway of [Fe-S] cluster assembly in the apicoplast of Plasmodium spp. is of interest due to its absence in the human host suggesting the possibility of anti-malarial intervention through apicoplast [Fe-S] biogenesis. We report biochemical characterization of components of the Plasmodium falciparum apicoplast SUF pathway after the first step of sulfur mobilization...
July 11, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681555/the-structure-of-plasmodium-falciparum-3d7_0606800-reveals-a-bi-lobed-architecture-that-supports-re-annotation-as-a-venus-flytrap-protein
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Michelle L Parker, Raghavendran Ramaswamy, Kyle van Gordon, Cameron Powell, Jürgen Bosch, Martin J Boulanger
Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of malaria, employs a diverse array of surface displayed proteins to promote dissemination and establish infection in the human host. Of these, Pf3D7_0606800 is highly immunogenic and has been designated a potential top 10 candidate for inclusion in a multicomponent malarial vaccine. The role of Pf3D7_0606800 in parasite biology, however, is unknown and its characterization has been complicated by a lack of sequence identity with proteins of known structure or function...
July 6, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680804/functions-of-tryptophan-residues-in-ewgws-insert-of-plasmodium-falciparum-enolase
#11
Sneha Dutta, Anasuya Moitra, Debanjan Mukherjee, Gotam K Jarori
Plasmodium falciparum enolase (Pfeno) is a dimeric enzyme with multiple moonlighting functions. This enzyme is thus a potential target for anti-malarial treatments. A unique feature of Pfeno is the presence of a pentapeptide insert (104) EWGWS (108). The functional role of tryptophan residues in this insert was investigated using site-directed mutagenesis. Replacement of these two Trp residues with alanines (or lysines) resulted in a near complete loss of enolase activity and dissociation of the normal dimeric form into monomers...
July 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670638/a-comparison-of-rapid-diagnostic-testing-by-plasmodium-lactate-dehydrogenase-and-quantitative-buffy-coat-technique-in-malaria-diagnosis-in-children
#12
Ifeanyi Kanayo Ifeorah, Biobele J Brown, Olugbemiro O Sodeinde
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) considers early and rapid diagnosis as one of the strategies to control malaria. This study compared the performance of Quantitative Buffy Coat (QBC) test and the Plasmodium lactate dehydrogenase (pLDH) rapid diagnostic test (RDT) with microscopy as the gold standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study involved children ages 0-5 years who presented with a history of fever at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria...
2017: African Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666481/genetic-diversity-and-natural-selection-of-plasmodium-vivax-multi-drug-resistant-gene-pvmdr1-in-mesoamerica
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Lilia González-Cerón, Alberto Montoya, Josselin C Corzo-Gómez, Rene Cerritos, Frida Santillán, Marco A Sandoval
BACKGROUND: The Plasmodium vivax multidrug resistant 1 gene (pvmdr1) codes for a transmembrane protein of the parasite's digestive vacuole. It is likely that the pvmdr1 gene mutations occur at different sites by convergent evolution. In here, the genetic variation of pvmdr1 at three sites of the Mesoamerican region was studied. Since 1950s, malarious patients of those areas have been treated only with chloroquine and primaquine. METHODS: Blood samples from patients infected with P...
July 1, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652885/rapid-concentration-and-elution-of-malarial-antigen-histidine-rich-protein-ii-using-solid-phase-zn-ii-resin-in-a-simple-flow-through-pipette-tip-format
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Westley S Bauer, Kelly A Richardson, Nicholas M Adams, Keersten M Ricks, David J Gasperino, Simon J Ghionea, Mathew Rosen, Kevin P Nichols, Bernhard H Weigl, Frederick R Haselton, David W Wright
Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) designed to function at the point of care are becoming more prevalent in malaria diagnostics because of their low cost and simplicity. While many of these tests function effectively with high parasite density samples, their poor sensitivity can often lead to misdiagnosis when parasitemia falls below 100 parasites/μl. In this study, a flow-through pipette-based column was explored as a cost-effective means to capture and elute more Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein II (HRPII) antigen, concentrating the biomarker available in large-volume lysed whole blood samples into volumes compatible with Plasmodium falciparum-specific RDTs...
May 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651831/multicomplex-based-pharmacophore-modeling-coupled-with-molecular-dynamics-simulations-an-efficient-strategy-for-the-identification-of-novel-inhibitors-of-pfdhodh
#15
Anu Manhas, Mohsin Y Lone, Prakash C Jha
Enormous efforts have been made in the past to identify novel scaffolds against the potential therapeutic target, Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (PfDHODH). Fourteen different organic molecules have been crystallized to understand the structural basis of the inhibition. However, the pharmacophoric studies carried out so far, have not exploited all the structural information simultaneously to identify the novel inhibitors. Therefore, an attempt was made to construct the pharmacophore hypotheses from the available PfDHODH structural proteome...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639657/exploring-the-catalytic-mechanism-of-dihydropteroate-synthase-elucidating-the-differences-between-the-substrate-and-inhibitor
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Warot Chotpatiwetchkul, Kanokthip Boonyarattanakalin, Duangkamol Gleeson, M Paul Gleeson
Dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS) catalyzes the condensation of 6-hydroxymethyl-7,8-dihydropterin pyrophosphate (DHPPP) with p-aminobenzoic acid (pABA) and is a well validated target for anti-malarial and anti-bacterial drugs. However, in recent years its utility as a therapeutic target has diminished considerably due to multiple mutations. As such, considerable structural biology and medicinal chemistry effort has been expended to understand and overcome this issue. To date no detailed computational analysis of the protein mechanism has been made despite the detailed crystal structures and multiple mechanistic proposals being made...
July 5, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595540/apicoplast-import-protein-tic20-a-promising-therapeutic-molecular-target-for-plasmodium-falciparum-an-insilico-approach-for-therapeutic-intervention
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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/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)...
July 10, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555033/annual-wormwood-leaf-inhibits-the-adipogenesis-of-3t3-l1-and-obesity-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-rats
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Yuno Song, Soo-Jung Lee, Sun-Hee Jang, Tae Hoon Kim, Hong-Duck Kim, Sung-Woo Kim, Chung-Kil Won, Jae-Hyeon Cho
Annual wormwood (AW) (Artemisia annua L.) has anti-malarial, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour, and anti-inflammatory activities. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of annual wormwood leaves (AWL) on adipocyte differentiation in 3T3-L1 cells and high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese rats. 3T3-L1 adipocytes and HFD-induced obese rats were treated with AWL, and its effect on gene expression was analyzed using RT-PCR and Western blotting experiments. Treatment with AWL effectively prevented triglyceride accumulation during adipogenesis in a dose-dependent manner...
May 28, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500788/unraveling-the-importance-of-the-malaria-parasite-helicases
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REVIEW
Renu Tuteja
Malaria is a human parasitic disease caused by infection from Plasmodium species, particularly Plasmodium falciparum. Each year millions of people are infected with malaria and large numbers of deaths result due to this deadly infection. P. falciparum contains 14 chromosomes, nearly 5400 genes and a multistage life cycle in humans and mosquitoes. The control of malaria is still a challenge as the parasite is continuously developing resistance to available anti-malarial drugs and the mosquito vector is developing resistance to insecticides...
May 13, 2017: FEBS Journal
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