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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820722/house-structure-is-associated-with-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-in-a-low-transmission-setting-in-southern-zambia
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Matthew M Ippolito, Kelly M Searle, Harry Hamapumbu, Timothy M Shields, Jennifer C Stevenson, Philip E Thuma, William J Moss, For The Southern Africa International Center Of Excellence For Malaria Research
House structure may influence the risk of malaria by affecting mosquito entry and indoor resting. Identification of construction features associated with protective benefits could inform vector control approaches, even in low-transmission settings. We examined the association between house structure and malaria prevalence in a cross-sectional analysis of 2,788 children and adults residing in 866 houses in a low-transmission area of Southern Province, Zambia, over the period 2008-2012. Houses were categorized according to wall (brick/cement block or mud/grass) and roof (metal or grass) material...
August 7, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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/28808258/hexahydroquinolines-are-antimalarial-candidates-with-potent-blood-stage-and-transmission-blocking-activity
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Manu Vanaerschot, Leonardo Lucantoni, Tao Li, Jill M Combrinck, Andrea Ruecker, T R Santha Kumar, Kelly Rubiano, Pedro E Ferreira, Giulia Siciliano, Sonia Gulati, Philipp P Henrich, Caroline L Ng, James M Murithi, Victoria C Corey, Sandra Duffy, Ori J Lieberman, M Isabel Veiga, Robert E Sinden, Pietro Alano, Michael J Delves, Kim Lee Sim, Elizabeth A Winzeler, Timothy J Egan, Stephen L Hoffman, Vicky M Avery, David A Fidock
Antimalarial compounds with dual therapeutic and transmission-blocking activity are desired as high-value partners for combination therapies. Here, we report the identification and characterization of hexahydroquinolines (HHQs) that show low nanomolar potency against both pathogenic and transmissible intra-erythrocytic forms of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. This activity translates into potent transmission-blocking potential, as shown by in vitro male gamete formation assays and reduced oocyst infection and prevalence in Anopheles mosquitoes...
August 14, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800735/life-span-of-in-vitro-differentiated-plasmodium-falciparum-gametocytes
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Tamirat Gebru, Albert Lalremruata, Peter G Kremsner, Benjamin Mordmüller, Jana Held
BACKGROUND: The sexual stages (gametocytes) of Plasmodium falciparum do not directly contribute to the pathology of malaria but are essential for transmission of the parasite from the human host to the mosquito. Mature gametocytes circulate in infected human blood for several days and their circulation time has been modelled mathematically from data of previous in vivo studies. This is the first time that longevity of gametocytes is studied experimentally in vitro. METHODS: The in vitro longevity of P...
August 11, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791254/transcriptional-profiling-defines-histone-acetylation-as-a-regulator-of-gene-expression-during-human-to-mosquito-transmission-of-the-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum
#5
Che J Ngwa, Meike J Kiesow, Olga Papst, Lindsey M Orchard, Michael Filarsky, Alina N Rosinski, Till S Voss, Manuel Llinás, Gabriele Pradel
Transmission of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum from the human to the mosquito is mediated by the intraerythrocytic gametocytes, which, once taken up during a blood meal, become activated to initiate sexual reproduction. Because gametocytes are the only parasite stages able to establish an infection in the mosquito, they are crucial for spreading the tropical disease. During gametocyte maturation, different repertoires of genes are switched on and off in a well-coordinated sequence, pointing to regulatory mechanisms of gene expression...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764709/antibody-responses-to-two-new-lactococcus-lactis-produced-recombinant-pfs48-45-and-pfs230-proteins-increase-with-age-in-malaria-patients-living-in-the-central-region-of-ghana
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Festus K Acquah, Evans K Obboh, Kwame Asare, Johnson N Boampong, Samuel Victor Nuvor, Susheel K Singh, Michael Theisen, Kim C Williamson, Linda Eva Amoah
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in malaria control efforts have led to an increased number of national malaria control programmes implementing pre-elimination measures and demonstrated the need to develop new tools to track and control malaria transmission. Key to understanding transmission is monitoring the prevalence and immune response against the sexual stages of the parasite, known as gametocytes, which are responsible for transmission. Sexual-stage specific antigens, Pfs230 and Pfs48/45, have been identified and shown to be targets for transmission blocking antibodies, but they have been difficult to produce recombinantly in the absence of a fusion partner...
August 1, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754921/evaluation-of-two-lead-malaria-transmission-blocking-vaccine-candidate-antibodies-in-natural-parasite-vector-combinations
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Anais Bompard, Dari F Da, Rakiswendé S Yerbanga, Sumi Biswas, Melissa Kapulu, Teun Bousema, Thierry Lefèvre, Anna Cohuet, Thomas S Churcher
Transmission blocking vaccines (TBV) which aim to control malaria by inhibiting human-to-mosquito transmission show considerable promise though their utility against naturally circulating parasites remains unknown. The efficacy of two lead candidates targeting Pfs25 and Pfs230 antigens to prevent onwards transmission of naturally occurring parasites to a local mosquito strain is assessed using direct membrane feeding assays and murine antibodies in Burkina Faso. The transmission blocking activity of both candidates depends on the level of parasite exposure (as assessed by the mean number of oocysts in control mosquitoes) and antibody titers...
July 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747311/an-n-terminal-pfs230-domain-produced-in-baculovirus-as-a-biological-active-transmission-blocking-vaccine-candidate
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Shwu-Maan Lee, Chia-Kuei Wu, Jordan L Plieskatt, Kazutoyo Miura, John M Hickey, C Richter King
Transmission-blocking vaccines have the potential to accelerate malaria parasite elimination by inducing antibodies that block parasite transmission from humans to mosquitoes. Pfs230, a gametocyte surface protein involved in gamete function, has long been a promising candidate. Due to the large size (3,135 amino acids), complex domains, and repeating six-cysteine (6-Cys) motifs with a multitude of disulfide bonds, the feasibility of expression of a full-length protein has been difficult. A priority focus, therefore, has been on the generation of single domains, including N-terminal fragments...
July 26, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733628/solute-carriers-affect-anopheles-stephensi-survival-and-plasmodium-berghei-infection-in-the-salivary-glands
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J Couto, S Antunes, R Pinheiro-Silva, V do Rosário, J de la Fuente, A Domingos
Malaria is caused by mosquito-borne Plasmodium spp. parasites that must infect and survive within mosquito salivary glands (SGs) prior to host transmission. Recent advances in transcriptomics and the complete genome sequencing of mosquito vectors have increased our knowledge of the SG genes and proteins involved in pathogen infection and transmission. Membrane solute carriers are key proteins involved in drug transport and are useful in the development of new interventions for transmission blocking. Herein, we applied transcriptomics analysis to compare SGs mRNA levels in Anopheles stephensi fed on non-infected and P...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731898/steady-progress-toward-a-malaria-vaccine
#10
Kirsten E Lyke
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Great progress has been made in reducing malaria morbidity and mortality, yet the parasite continues to cause a startling 200 million infections and 500 000 deaths annually. Malaria vaccine development is pushing new boundaries by steady advancement toward a licensed product. RECENT FINDINGS: Despite 50 years of research, the complexity of Plasmoidum falciparum confounds all attempts to eradicate the organism. This very complexity has pushed the boundaries of vaccine development to new heights, yet it remains to be seen if an affordable vaccine can provide durable and high-level protection...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722588/optimizing-direct-membrane-and-direct-skin-feeding-assays-for-plasmodium-falciparum-transmission-blocking-vaccine-trials-in-bancoumana-mali
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Mamadou B Coulibaly, Erin E Gabriel, Youssouf Sinaba, Daman Sylla, Adama Sacko, Lakamy Sylla, Boubacar Coulibaly, Jen C C Hume, Ibrahima Baber, Mahamadoun H Assadou, Issaka Sagara, Yimin Wu, Sara A Healy, Ogobara Doumbo, Sekou F Traore, Patrick E Duffy
Malaria transmission-blocking vaccines (TBV) have been evaluated in field trials in Mali, since 2013. However, the assays currently used to measure serum antibody TB activity (TBA) after vaccination are highly variable, in part due to the lack of optimization and standardization for field assays in which mosquitoes feed on gametocytemic blood. Herein, we report a study conducted in Bancoumana village, Mali, where we identify and optimize the parameters that contribute to successful mosquito feeding outcomes in both direct skin feeds (DSFs) and direct membrane feeding assays (DMFA)...
June 26, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719292/malaria-infection-and-gametocyte-carriage-rates-in-preparation-for-transmission-blocking-vaccine-trials-in-bancoumana-mali
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Mahamadoun Hamady Assadou, Issaka Sagara, Sara A Healy, Merepen Agnes Guindo, Mamady Kone, Sintry Sanogo, M'Bouye Doucoure, Sekouba Keita, Ruth D Ellis, Yimin Wu, Freda Omaswa, Patrick E Duffy, Ogobara K Doumbo
The epidemiological characterization of transmission reservoirs is a critical step in preparation for interventional trials for malaria elimination/eradication. Using cluster sampling and households/compounds as units of sampling, we recruited and followed monthly, from June 2011 to June 2012, 250 volunteers 3 months to 50 years of age in Bancoumana, Mali. In July 2012, only participants 5-35 years of age (N = 121) were reenrolled and followed for an additional year. Malaria infection prevalence was highest in October in both 2011 (21...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705245/abscisic-acid-induces-a-transient-shift-in-signaling-that-enhances-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-parasite-killing-in-the-midgut-of-anopheles-stephensi-without-reducing-lifespan-or-fecundity
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Elizabeth K K Glennon, Brandi K Torrevillas, Shannon F Morrissey, Jadrian M Ejercito, Shirley Luckhart
BACKGROUND: Abscisic acid (ABA) is naturally present in mammalian blood and circulating levels can be increased by oral supplementation. We showed previously that oral ABA supplementation in a mouse model of Plasmodium yoelii 17XNL infection reduced parasitemia and gametocytemia, spleen and liver pathology, and parasite transmission to the mosquito Anopheles stephensi fed on these mice. Treatment of cultured Plasmodium falciparum with ABA at levels detected in our model had no effects on asexual growth or gametocyte formation in vitro...
July 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687086/ivermectin-susceptibility-and-sporontocidal-effect-in-greater-mekong-subregion-anopheles
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Kevin C Kobylinski, Ratawan Ubalee, Alongkot Ponlawat, Chanyapat Nitatsukprasert, Siriporn Phasomkulsolsil, Thanaporn Wattanakul, Joel Tarning, Kesara Na-Bangchang, Patrick W McCardle, Silas A Davidson, Jason H Richardson
BACKGROUND: Novel vector control methods that can directly target outdoor malaria transmission are urgently needed in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) to accelerate malaria elimination and artemisinin resistance containment efforts. Ivermectin mass drug administration (MDA) to humans has been shown to effectively kill wild Anopheles and suppress malaria transmission in West Africa. Preliminary laboratory investigations were performed to determine ivermectin susceptibility and sporontocidal effect in GMS Anopheles malaria vectors coupled with pharmacokinetic models of ivermectin at escalating doses...
July 7, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683121/developing-transmission-blocking-strategies-for-malaria-control
#15
Robert E Sinden
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July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646324/expression-purification-and-characterization-of-gmz2-10c-a-complex-disulphide-bonded-fusion-protein-vaccine-candidate-against-the-asexual-and-sexual-life-stages-of-the-malaria-causing-plasmodium-falciparum-parasite
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Ulrik H Mistarz, Susheel K Singh, Tam T T N Nguyen, Will Roeffen, Fen Yang, Casper Lissau, Søren M Madsen, Astrid Vrang, Régis W Tiendrebeogo, Ikhlaq H Kana, Robert W Sauerwein, Michael Theisen, Kasper D Rand
PURPOSE: Production and characterization of a chimeric fusion protein (GMZ2'.10C) which combines epitopes of key malaria parasite antigens: glutamate-rich protein (GLURP), merozoite surface protein 3 (MSP3), and the highly disulphide bonded Pfs48/45 (10C). GMZ2'.10C is a potential candidate for a multi-stage malaria vaccine that targets both transmission and asexual life-cycle stages of the parasite. METHODS: GMZ2'.10C was produced in Lactococcus lactis and purified using either an immunoaffinity purification (IP) or a conventional purification (CP) method...
September 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630474/nanoassembly-routes-stimulate-conflicting-antibody-quantity-and-quality-for-transmission-blocking-malaria-vaccines
#17
Darren B Leneghan, Kazutoyo Miura, Iona J Taylor, Yuanyuan Li, Jing Jin, Karl D Brune, Martin F Bachmann, Mark Howarth, Carole A Long, Sumi Biswas
Vaccine development efforts have recently focused on enabling strong immune responses to poorly immunogenic antigens, via display on multimerisation scaffolds or virus like particles (VLPs). Typically such studies demonstrate improved antibody titer comparing monomeric and nano-arrayed antigen. There are many such studies and scaffold technologies, but minimal side-by-side evaluation of platforms for both the amount and efficacy of antibodies induced. Here we present direct comparison of three leading platforms displaying the promising malaria transmission-blocking vaccine (TBV) target Pfs25...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619071/new-adenovirus-based-vaccine-vectors-targeting-pfs25-elicit-antibodies-that-inhibit-plasmodium-falciparum-transmission
#18
Kathleen A McGuire, Kazutoyo Miura, Christopher M Wiethoff, Kim C Williamson
BACKGROUND: An effective malaria transmission-blocking vaccine (TBV) would be a major advance in the current efforts to eliminate and, ultimately, eradicate malaria. Antibodies against Plasmodium falciparum surface protein, Pfs25, are known to block parasite development in the mosquito vector. However, in initial clinical trials the limited immunogenicity of recombinant Pfs25 protein-in-adjuvant vaccines has been a challenge. METHODS: Novel human adenovirus type 5 (Ad5) vectors were used in heterologous prime boost vaccination strategies to augment the immune response against Pfs25...
June 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617253/the-emerging-role-of-the-human-bone-marrow-as-a-privileged-developmental-niche-for-the-transmission-stages-of-the-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum-commentary
#19
Pietro Alano
The spread of malaria relies on the ability of the Plasmodium parasites to be transmitted from infected individuals to the Anopheles mosquito vectors. Recent work on the most lethal of the malaria parasites, Plasmodium falciparum, identified the infected human bone marrow as a preferential site for the localization and maturation of the parasite transmission stages, the gametocytes. These findings unveil a complex host parasite interplay and an unsuspected role of the bone marrow microenvironment in the successful transmission of the malaria parasite and have major implications in developing and targeting future interventions to block the transmission of P...
April 2017: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607435/preferential-suppression-of-anopheles-gambiae-host-sequences-allows-detection-of-the-mosquito-eukaryotic-microbiome
#20
Eugeni Belda, Boubacar Coulibaly, Abdrahamane Fofana, Abdoul H Beavogui, Sekou F Traore, Daryl M Gohl, Kenneth D Vernick, Michelle M Riehle
Anopheles mosquitoes are vectors of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The vector microbiota is a likely factor influencing parasite transmission. The prokaryotic microbiota of mosquitoes is efficiently surveyed by sequencing of hypervariable regions of the 16s ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene. However, identification of the eukaryotic microbiota by targeting the 18s rRNA gene is challenging due to simultaneous amplification of the abundant 18s rRNA gene target in the mosquito host. Consequently, the eukaryotic microbial diversity of mosquitoes is vastly underexplored...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
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