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Malarial protein

Dene R Littler, Hayley E Bullen, Katherine L Harvey, Travis Beddoe, Brendan S Crabb, Jamie Rossjohn, Paul R Gilson
The ubiquitous second messenger cAMP mediates signal transduction processes in the malarial parasite that regulate host erythrocyte invasion and the proliferation of merozoites. In Plasmodium falciparum the central receptor for cAMP is the single regulatory subunit (R) of Protein kinase A (PKA). To aid the development of compounds that can selectively dysregulate parasite PKA signalling we solved the structure of the PKA regulatory subunit in complex with cAMP and a related analog that displays antimalarial activity: Sp-2Cl-cAMPS...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Karin Blomqvist, Christen DiPetrillo, Vincent A Streva, Stewart Pine, Jeffrey D Dvorin
Emerging resistance to current anti-malarials necessitates a more detailed understanding of the biological processes of Plasmodium falciparum proliferation, thus allowing identification of new drug targets. The well-conserved protein Receptor for Activated C-Kinase 1 (RACK1) was originally identified in mammalian cells as an anchoring protein for protein kinase C (PKC) and has since been shown to be important for cell migration, cytokinesis, transcription, epigenetics, and protein translation. The P. falciparum ortholog, PfRACK1, is expressed in blood stages of the parasite and is diffusely localized in the parasite cytoplasm...
October 11, 2016: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Tomoyo Sakata-Kato, Dyann F Wirth
Given that resistance to all drugs in clinical use has arisen, discovery of new anti-malarial drug targets is eagerly anticipated. The Plasmodium mitochondrion has been considered a promising drug target largely based on its significant divergence from the host organelle as well as its involvement in ATP production and pyrimidine biosynthesis. However, the functions of Plasmodium mitochondrial protein complexes and associated metabolic pathways are not fully characterized. Here, we report the development of novel and robust bioenergetic assay protocols for Plasmodium falciparum asexual parasites utilizing a Seahorse Bioscience XFe24 Extracellular Flux Analyzer...
October 9, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Sandeep K Shrivastava, Esther Dalko, Delphine Delcroix-Genete, Fabien Herbert, Pierre-André Cazenave, Sylviane Pied
Astrocytes and microglia are activated during cerebral malaria (CM) and contribute to the production and release of several mediators during neuroinflammatory processes. Whether these changes are the consequence of a direct crosstalk between glial cells and the malarial parasite and how these cells participate in the pathogenesis of CM is not yet clear. We therefore examined the interaction of astrocytes and microglia with Plasmodium berghei ANKA-infected red blood cells using primary cell cultures derived from newborn C57BL/6 mice...
October 3, 2016: Glia
Nathan R Brand, Robert O Opoka, Karen E S Hamre, Chandy C John
Lactic acidosis (LA) is a marker for mortality in severe malaria, but the mechanisms that lead to LA in the different types of severe malaria and the extent to which LA-associated mortality differs by type of severe malaria are not well described. We assessed the frequency of LA in children admitted to Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda with cerebral malaria (CM, n = 193) or severe malarial anemia (SMA, n = 216). LA was compared to mortality and measures of parasite biomass and sequestration (P. falciparum histidine-rich protein-2 (PfHRP2) concentration, platelet count), and to a measure of systemic tissue oxygen delivery (hemoglobin level)...
2016: PloS One
Jun Zheng, Ziying Cheng, Honglin Jia, Yonghui Zheng
Aminopeptidases have emerged as new promising drug targets for the development of novel anti-parasitic drugs. An aspartyl aminopeptidase-like gene has been identified in the Toxoplasma gondii genome (TgAAP), although its function remains unknown. In this study, we characterized TgAAP and performed functional analysis of the gene product. Firstly, we expressed a functional recombinant TgAAP (rTgAAP) protein in Escherichia coli, and found that it required metal ions for activity and showed a substrate preference for N-terminal acidic amino acids Glu and Asp...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Benjarat Phattanawiboon, Narissara Jariyapan, Chonlada Mano, Sittiruk Roytrakul, Atchara Paemanee, Sriwatapron Sor-Suwan, Patchara Sriwichai, Atiporn Saeung, Paul A Bates
Understanding changes in mosquito salivary proteins during the time that sporozoite maturation occurs and after blood feeding may give information regarding the roles of salivary proteins during the malarial transmission. Anopheles dissidens (formerly Anopheles barbirostris species A1) is a potential vector of Plasmodium vivax in Thailand. In this study, analyses of the proteomic profiles of female An. dissidens salivary glands during adult development and after blood feeding were carried out using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis coupled with nano-liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry...
2016: PloS One
Babina Chakma, Priyamvada Jain, Naveen K Singh, Pranab Goswami
A novel label free spectrophotometric detection of malarial biomarker HRP-II following an indicator displacement assay has been developed. The assay is based on competitive displacement of murexide dye from its complex with Ni(2+) by HRP-II present in serum samples. The binding constant (Kd) discerned for the dye and HRP-II to Ni(2+) were 1.4 × 10(-6) M(-1) and 6.8 × 10(-9) M(-1), respectively. The progress of the reaction could be monitored from the change of color from orange (∼λ482 nm) to pink (∼λ515 nm) with the concomitant increase in HRP-II concentration in the mixture...
October 18, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Hongxing Ye, Mantao Chen, Fei Cao, Hongguang Huang, Renya Zhan, Xiujue Zheng
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma is refractory to conventional treatment, which is combined of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Recent studies have shown that glioma initiating cells (GICs) contribute to tumorigenesis and radioresistance. Recently, other studies showed that the GICs use the autophagy as the major pathway to survive. Chloroquine, an anti-malarial chemical, is an autophagic inhibitor which blocks autophagosome fusion with lysosome and slows down lysosomal acidification. The aim of this study was to explore the mechanisms of chloroquine on the radiosensitivity of GICs...
2016: BMC Neurology
Mohammed Tarique, Manish Chauhan, Renu Tuteja
Malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum is the major disease burden all over the world. Recently, the situation has deteriorated because the malarial parasites are becoming progressively more resistant to numerous commonly used antimalarial drugs. Thus, there is a critical requirement to find other means to restrict and eliminate malaria. The mismatch repair (MMR) machinery of parasite is quite unique in several ways, and it can be exploited for finding new drug targets. MutL homolog (MLH) is one of the major components of MMR machinery, and along with UvrD, it helps in unwinding the DNA...
September 14, 2016: Protoplasma
Abhik Saha, Sejal Chauhan, Tamishraha Bagchi
BACKGROUND: Recombinant proteins and vaccine candidates of Plasmodium vivax have met with limited success. One of the reasons could be their effect on monocytes which are important in malaria pathogenesis. Our aim was therefore to investigate the effect of selected recombinant malarial proteins on monocytes functions. METHODS: Phagocytosis rate and respiratory burst of healthy individuals' monocytes treated with antigens were examined. The homing capacity of monocytes was studied by examining the mRNA level of chemokine receptors from patients and healthy individuals...
August 2016: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Prakasha Kempaiah, Karol Dokladny, Zachary Karim, Evans Raballah, John M Ong'echa, Pope L Moseley, Douglas J Perkins
Severe malarial anemia [SMA, hemoglobin (Hb) <5.0 g/dL] is a leading cause of global morbidity and mortality among children residing in Plasmodium falciparum transmission regions. Exploration of molecular pathways through global gene expression profiling revealed that SMA was characterized by decreased HSPA1A, a heat shock protein (Hsp) 70 coding gene. Hsp70 is a ubiquitous chaperone that regulates Nuclear Factor-kappa B (NF-κB) signaling and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines known to be important in malaria pathogenesis (e...
August 30, 2016: Molecular Medicine
David Kersting, Mirko Krüger, Julia M Sattler, Ann-Kristin Mueller, Annette Kaiser
The biological function of the post-translational modification hypusine in the eukaryotic initiation factor 5A (EIF-5A) in eukaryotes is still not understood. Hypusine is formed by two sequential enzymatic steps at a specific lysine residue in the precursor protein EIF-5A. One important biological function of EIF-5A which was recently identified is the translation of polyproline-rich mRNA, suggesting its biological relevance in a variety of biological processes. Hypusinated eIF-5A controls the proliferation of cancer cells and inflammatory processes in malaria...
August 2016: FEBS Open Bio
Lilly Aswathy, Radhakrishnan S Jisha, Vijay H Masand, Jayant M Gajbhiye, Indira G Shibi
In this work, an attempt was made to propose new leads based on the natural scaffold Thiaplakortone-A active against malaria. The 2D QSAR studies suggested that three descriptors correlate with the anti-malarial activity with an R(2) value of 0.814. Robustness, reliability and predictive power of the model were tested by internal validation, external validation, Y-scrambling and Applicability domain analysis. HQSAR studies were carried out as an additional tool to find the sub-structural fingerprints. The CoMFA and CoMSIA models gave Q(2) values of 0...
August 5, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Isaac Julius Asiedu-Gyekye, Kennedy Kwami Edem Kukuia, Abdulai Mahmood Seidu, Charles Antwi-Boasiako, Benoit Banga N'guessan, Samuel Frimpong-Manso, Samuel Adjei, Jonathan Zobi, Abraham Terkpertey Tettey, Alexander Kwadwo Nyarko
Objective. This study investigated the elemental composition of unsweetened natural cocoa powder (UNCP), its effect on nitric oxide, and its hepatoprotective potential during simultaneous administration with high-dose artemether/lumefantrine (A/L). Method. Macro- and microelements in UNCP were analyzed with EDXRF spectroscopy. Thirty (30) male guinea-pigs were then divided into five groups. For groups 3 (low-dose), 4 (medium-dose), and 5 (high-dose), the animals received oral UNCP prophylactically for 14 days...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Drista Sharma, Rani Soni, Sachin Patel, Deepti Joshi, Tarun Kumar Bhatt
Despite encouraging progress over the past decade, malaria caused by the Plasmodium parasite continues to pose an enormous disease burden and is one of the major global health problems. The extreme challenge in malaria management is the resistance of parasites to traditional monochemotherapies like chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine. No vaccine is yet in sight, and the foregoing effective drugs are also losing ground against the disease due to the resistivity of parasites. New antimalarials with novel mechanisms of action are needed to circumvent existing or emerging drug resistance...
September 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Priyank Maindola, Salma Jamal, Abhinav Grover
Malaria remains a dreadful disease by putting every year about 3.4 billion people at risk and resulting into mortality of 627 thousand people worldwide. Existing therapies based upon Quinines and Artemisinin-based combination therapies have started showing resistance, pressing the need for search of anti-malarials with different mechanisms of action. In this respect erythrocyte invasion by Plasmodium is immensely crucial, as being obligate intracellular parasite it must invade host cells. This process is mediated by interaction between conserved Apical Membrane Antigen (AMA1) and Rhoptry Neck (RON2) protein, which is compulsory for successful invasion of erythrocyte by Plasmodium and manifestation of the disease Malaria...
October 2015: Molecular Informatics
Sun Young Park, Young Hun Kim, Geuntae Park
Excessive microglial cell activation is related to the progression of chronic neuro-inflammatory disorders. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) expression mediated by the NFE2-related factor (Nrf-2) pathway is a key regulator of neuro-inflammation. Nardostachys chinensis is used as an anti-malarial, anti-nociceptive, and neurotrophic treatment in traditional Asian medicines. In the present study, we examined the effects of an ethyl acetate extract of N. chinensis (EN) on the anti-neuro-inflammatory effects mediated by HO-1 up-regulation in Salmonella lipopolysaccharide (LPS)- or Staphylococcus aureus lipoteichoic acid (LTA)-stimulated BV2 microglial cells...
May 2016: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
Mohammed Nooraldeen Al-Qattan, Mohd Nizam Mordi, Sharif Mahsofi Mansor
BACKGROUND: Glutathione-s-transferases (GSTs) are enzymes that principally catalyze the conjugation of electrophilic compounds to the endogenous nucleophilic glutathione substrate, besides, they have other non-catalytic functions. The Plasmodium falciparum genome encodes a single isoform of GST (PfGST) which is involved in buffering the toxic heme, thus considered a potential anti-malarial target. In mammals several classes of GSTs are available, each of various isoforms. The human (human GST Pi-1 or hGSTP1) and mouse (murine GST Mu-1 or mGSTM1) GST isoforms control cellular apoptosis by interaction with signaling proteins, thus considered as potential anti-cancer targets...
July 25, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Nagasundaram N, George Priya Doss C, Chiranjib Chakraborty, Karthick V, Thirumal Kumar D, Balaji V, Siva R, Aiping Lu, Zhang Ge, Hailong Zhu
Artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum threatens global efforts in the elimination or eradication of malaria. Several studies have associated mutations in the PfATP6 gene in conjunction with artemisinin resistance, but the underlying molecular mechanism of the resistance remains unexplored. Associated mutations act as a biomarker to measure the artemisinin efficacy. In the proposed work, we have analyzed the binding affinity and efficacy between PfATP6 and artemisinin in the presence of L263D, L263E and L263K mutations...
2016: Scientific Reports
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