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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923948/decreased-rate-of-plasma-arginine-appearance-in-murine-malaria-may-explain-hypoargininemia-in-children-with-cerebral-malaria
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Matthew S Alkaitis, Honghui Wang, Allison K Ikeda, Carol A Rowley, Ian J C MacCormick, Jessica H Chertow, Oliver Billker, Anthony F Suffredini, David J Roberts, Terrie E Taylor, Karl B Seydel, Hans C Ackerman
BACKGROUND:  Plasmodium infection depletes arginine, the substrate for nitric oxide synthesis, and impairs endothelium-dependent vasodilation. Increased conversion of arginine to ornithine by parasites or host arginase is a proposed mechanism of arginine depletion. METHODS:  We used high-performance liquid chromatography to measure plasma arginine, ornithine, and citrulline levels in Malawian children with cerebral malaria and in mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA with or without the arginase gene...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917875/exploring-experimental-cerebral-malaria-pathogenesis-through-the-characterisation-of-host-derived-plasma-microparticle-protein-content
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Natalia Tiberti, Sharissa L Latham, Stephen Bush, Amy Cohen, Robert O Opoka, Chandy C John, Annette Juillard, Georges E Grau, Valéry Combes
Cerebral malaria (CM) is a severe complication of Plasmodium falciparum infection responsible for thousands of deaths in children in sub-Saharan Africa. CM pathogenesis remains incompletely understood but a number of effectors have been proposed, including plasma microparticles (MP). MP numbers are increased in CM patients' circulation and, in the mouse model, they can be localised within inflamed vessels, suggesting their involvement in vascular damage. In the present work we define, for the first time, the protein cargo of MP during experimental cerebral malaria (ECM) with the overarching hypothesis that this characterisation could help understand CM pathogenesis...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907215/cd8-t-cells-induce-fatal-brainstem-pathology-during-cerebral-malaria-via-luminal-antigen-specific-engagement-of-brain-vasculature
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Phillip A Swanson, Geoffrey T Hart, Matthew V Russo, Debasis Nayak, Takele Yazew, Mirna Peña, Shahid M Khan, Chris J Janse, Susan K Pierce, Dorian B McGavern
Cerebral malaria (CM) is a severe complication of Plasmodium falciparum infection that results in thousands of deaths each year, mostly in African children. The in vivo mechanisms underlying this fatal condition are not entirely understood. Using the animal model of experimental cerebral malaria (ECM), we sought mechanistic insights into the pathogenesis of CM. Fatal disease was associated with alterations in tight junction proteins, vascular breakdown in the meninges / parenchyma, edema, and ultimately neuronal cell death in the brainstem, which is consistent with cerebral herniation as a cause of death...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887739/differences-in-the-modulation-of-reactive-species-lipid-bodies-cyclooxygenase-2-5-lipoxygenase-and-ppar-%C3%AE-in-cerebral-malaria-susceptible-and-resistant-mice
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Tatiana K S Borges, Érica A R Alves, Henda A R Vasconcelos, Fabiana P Carneiro, André M Nicola, Kelly G Magalhães, Maria Imaculada Muniz-Junqueira
Proinflammatory responses are associated with the severity of cerebral malaria. NO, H2O2, eicosanoid and PPAR-γ are involved in proinflammatory responses, but regulation of these factors is unclear in malaria. This work aimed to compare the expression of eicosanoid-forming-enzymes in cerebral malaria-susceptible CBA and C57BL/6 and -resistant BALB/c mice. Mice were infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA, and the survival rates and parasitemia curves were assessed. On the sixth day post-infection, cyclooxygenase-2 and 5-lipoxygenase in brain sections were assessed by immunohistochemistry, and, NO, H2O2, lipid bodies, and PPAR-γ expression were assessed in peritoneal macrophages...
November 17, 2016: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884751/a-systematic-review-of-the-effect-of-cannabidiol-on-cognitive-function-relevance-to-schizophrenia
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Ashleigh L Osborne, Nadia Solowij, Katrina Weston-Green
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Cognitive impairment is a core symptom domain of schizophrenia, neurological disorders and substance abuse. It is characterised by deficits in learning, memory, attention and executive functioning and can severely impact daily living. Antipsychotic drugs prescribed to treat schizophrenia provide limited cognitive benefits and novel therapeutic targets are required. Cannabidiol (CBD), a component of the cannabis plant, has anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic-like properties; however, its ability to improve cognitive impairment has not been thoroughly explored...
November 21, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865203/minocycline-prevents-cerebral-malaria-confers-neuroprotection-and-increases-survivability-of-mice-during-plasmodium-berghei-anka-infection
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Thittayil Suresh Apoorv, Phanithi Prakash Babu
Cerebral malaria (CM) is a neurological complication arising due to Plasmodium falciparum or Plasmodium vivax infection. Minocycline, a semi-synthetic tetracycline, has been earlier reported to have a neuroprotective role in several neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we investigated the effect of minocycline treatment on the survivability of mice during experimental cerebral malaria (ECM). The currently accepted mouse model, C57BL/6 mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA, was used for the study...
November 16, 2016: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853090/steroid-pulse-therapy-may-mitigate-prolonged-neurological-manifestations-after-eradication-of-severe-plasmodium-falciparum-parasitemia
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Chihiro Hasegawa, Akiko Inagaki, Gohei Yamada, Koji Morita, Isamu Kitamura, Koya Ariyoshi
A 58-year-old Japanese man with a high parasitemia of Plasmodium falciparum, returning from Uganda, was admitted to our hospital since his consciousness level rapidly deteriorated after the initial dose of mefloquine. Despite the parasitemia was cleared by quinine by day 7, the coma remained unchanged and diffuse leukoencephalopathy was detected on magnetic resonance image. Steroid pulse therapy was initiated on day 8. Subsequently, the neurological manifestations improved and he was discharged on day 73 without any sequelae...
2016: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824335/oxidative-insult-can-induce-malaria-protective-trait-of-sickle-and-fetal-erythrocytes
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Marek Cyrklaff, Sirikamol Srismith, Britta Nyboer, Kvetoslava Burda, Angelika Hoffmann, Felix Lasitschka, Sophie Adjalley, Cyrille Bisseye, Jacques Simpore, Ann-Kristin Mueller, Cecilia P Sanchez, Friedrich Frischknecht, Michael Lanzer
Plasmodium falciparum infections can cause severe malaria, but not every infected person develops life-threatening complications. In particular, carriers of the structural haemoglobinopathies S and C and infants are protected from severe disease. Protection is associated with impaired parasite-induced host actin reorganization, required for vesicular trafficking of parasite-encoded adhesins, and reduced cytoadherence of parasitized erythrocytes in the microvasculature. Here we show that aberrant host actin remodelling and the ensuing reduced cytoadherence result from a redox imbalance inherent to haemoglobinopathic and fetal erythrocytes...
November 8, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808089/splenic-differentiation-and-emergence-of-ccr5-cxcl9-cxcl10-monocyte-derived-dendritic-cells-in-the-brain-during-cerebral-malaria
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Isabella C Hirako, Marco A Ataide, Lucas Faustino, Patricia A Assis, Elizabeth W Sorensen, Hisashi Ueta, Natalia M Araújo, Gustavo B Menezes, Andrew D Luster, Ricardo T Gazzinelli
Dendritic cells have an important role in immune surveillance. After being exposed to microbial components, they migrate to secondary lymphoid organs and activate T lymphocytes. Here we show that during mouse malaria, splenic inflammatory monocytes differentiate into monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MO-DCs), which are CD11b(+)F4/80(+)CD11c(+)MHCII(high)DC-SIGN(high)Ly6c(+) and express high levels of CCR5, CXCL9 and CXCL10 (CCR5(+)CXCL9/10(+) MO-DCs). We propose that malaria-induced splenic MO-DCs take a reverse migratory route...
November 3, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798544/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-is-associated-with-disease-severity-and-clinical-outcome-in-ugandan-children-admitted-to-hospital-with-severe-malaria
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Chloe R McDonald, Andrea L Conroy, Michael Hawkes, Robyn E Elphinstone, Joel L Gamble, Kyla Hayford, Sophie Namasopo, Robert O Opoka, W Conrad Liles, Kevin C Kain
BACKGROUND: Malaria remains a leading cause of childhood death and neurological disability in sub-Saharan Africa. Here we test the hypothesis that malaria-induced alterations to circulating brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are associated with poor clinical outcomes in children with severe malaria. METHODS: We quantified BDNF (by ELISA) in plasma samples collected (at presentation [day1], day 3, and day 14), during a prospective study of Ugandan children admitted to hospital with severe malaria (n=179)...
October 25, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796746/a-neuroprotective-effect-of-the-glutamate-receptor-antagonist-mk801-on-long-term-cognitive-and-behavioral-outcomes-secondary-to-experimental-cerebral-malaria
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Aline Silva de Miranda, Fátima Brant, Luciene Bruno Vieira, Natália Pessoa Rocha, Érica Leandro Marciano Vieira, Gustavo Henrique Souza Rezende, Pollyana Maria de Oliveira Pimentel, Marcio F D Moraes, Fabíola Mara Ribeiro, Richard M Ransohoff, Mauro Martins Teixeira, Fabiana Simão Machado, Milene Alvarenga Rachid, Antônio Lúcio Teixeira
Cerebral malaria (CM) is a life-threatening complication of Plasmodium falciparum infection, which can result in long-term cognitive and behavioral deficits despite successful anti-malarial therapy. Due to the substantial social and economic burden of CM, the development of adjuvant therapies is a scientific goal of highest priority. Apart from vascular and immune responses, changes in glutamate system have been reported in CM pathogenesis suggesting a potential therapeutic target. Based on that, we hypothesized that interventions in the glutamatergic system induced by blockage of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors could attenuate experimental CM long-term cognitive and behavioral outcomes...
October 28, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796349/heme-mediated-apoptosis-and-fusion-damage-in-bewo-trophoblast-cells
#12
Mingli Liu, Salifu Hassana, Jonathan K Stiles
Placental malaria (PM) is a complication associated with malaria infection during pregnancy that often leads to abortion, premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction and low birth weight. Increased levels of circulating free heme, a by-product of Plasmodium-damaged erythrocytes, is a major contributor to inflammation, tissue damage and loss of blood brain barrier integrity associated with fatal experimental cerebral malaria. However, the role of heme in PM remains unknown. Proliferation and apoptosis of trophoblasts and fusion of the mononucleated state to the syncytial state are of major importance to a successful pregnancy...
October 31, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794112/safety-of-lumbar-puncture-in-comatose-children-with-clinical-features-of-cerebral-malaria
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Christopher A Moxon, Lei Zhao, Chenxi Li, Karl B Seydel, Ian J MacCormick, Peter J Diggle, Macpherson Mallewa, Tom Solomon, Nicholas A Beare, Simon J Glover, Simon P Harding, Susan Lewallen, Sam Kampondeni, Michael J Potchen, Terrie E Taylor, Douglas G Postels
OBJECTIVE: We assessed the independent association of lumbar puncture (LP) and death in Malawian children admitted to the hospital with the clinical features of cerebral malaria (CM). METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study in Malawian children with clinical features of CM. Allocation to LP was nonrandom and was associated with severity of illness. Propensity score-based analyses were used to adjust for this bias and assess the independent association between LP and mortality...
November 29, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764173/longitudinal-visuomotor-development-in-a-malaria-endemic-area-cerebral-malaria-and-beyond
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Paul C Knox, Ian J C MacCormick, Emme Mbale, Macpherson Malewa, Gabriela Czanner, Simon P Harding
Paediatric cerebral malaria is the most serious complication of Plasmodium falciparum infection. While the majority recover, long-term cognitive impairment has been highlighted as a significant and neglected problem. Persistent or serious deficits in processes such as attention or behavioural inhibition should be manifest in changes to performance on oculomotor tasks. Therefore we investigated the impact of cerebral malaria on the development of reflexive pro-saccades and antisaccades. In a longitudinal study, 47 children previously admitted with retinopathy-confirmed cerebral malaria (mean age at admission 54 months), were compared with 37 local healthy controls (mean ages at first study visit 117 and 110 months respectively)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27728385/a-case-report-of-hemiplegia-neurological-sequelae-of-cerebral-malaria
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Thummla Srinivas Redddy, Suresh Sr
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721430/usp15-regulates-type-i-interferon-response-and-is-required-for-pathogenesis-of-neuroinflammation
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Sabrina Torre, Maria J Polyak, David Langlais, Nassima Fodil, James M Kennedy, Irena Radovanovic, Joanne Berghout, Gabriel A Leiva-Torres, Connie M Krawczyk, Subburaj Ilangumaran, Karen Mossman, Chen Liang, Klaus-Peter Knobeloch, Luke M Healy, Jack Antel, Nathalie Arbour, Alexandre Prat, Jacek Majewski, Mark Lathrop, Silvia M Vidal, Philippe Gros
Genes and pathways in which inactivation dampens tissue inflammation present new opportunities for understanding the pathogenesis of common human inflammatory diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. We identified a mutation in the gene encoding the deubiquitination enzyme USP15 (Usp15(L749R)) that protected mice against both experimental cerebral malaria (ECM) induced by Plasmodium berghei and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Combining immunophenotyping and RNA sequencing in brain (ECM) and spinal cord (EAE) revealed that Usp15(L749R)-associated resistance to neuroinflammation was linked to dampened type I interferon responses in situ...
October 10, 2016: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27708543/molecular-basis-of-human-cerebral-malaria-development
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Saw Thu Wah, Hathairad Hananantachai, Usanee Kerdpin, Chotiros Plabplueng, Virapong Prachayasittikul, Pornlada Nuchnoi
Cerebral malaria is still a deleterious health problem in tropical countries. The wide spread of malarial drug resistance and the lack of an effective vaccine are obstacles for disease management and prevention. Parasite and human genetic factors play important roles in malaria susceptibility and disease severity. The malaria parasite exerted a potent selective signature on the human genome, which is apparent in the genetic polymorphism landscape of genes related to pathogenesis. Currently, much genomic data and a novel body of knowledge, including the identification of microRNAs, are being increasingly accumulated for the development of laboratory testing cassettes for cerebral malaria prevention...
2016: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699617/backbone-and-side-chain-resonance-assignments-of-plasmodium-falciparum-sumo
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Jai Shankar Singh, Vaibhav Kumar Shukla, Mansi Gujrati, Ram Kumar Mishra, Ashutosh Kumar
One of the most debilitating diseases Malaria, in its different forms, is caused by protozoan of Plasmodium species. Deadliest among these forms is the "cerebral malaria" which is afflicted upon by Plasmodium falciparum. Plasmodium adopts numerous strategies including various post-translational modifications (PTMs) to infect and survive in the human host. These PTMs have proven their critical requirement in the Plasmodium biology. Recently, sumoylation has been characterized as one of the important PTMs and many of its putative substrates have been identified in Plasmodium...
October 3, 2016: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27696532/uptake-of-parasite-derived-vesicles-by-astrocytes-and-microglial-phagocytosis-of-infected-erythrocytes-may-drive-neuroinflammation-in-cerebral-malaria
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27684745/differing-causes-of-lactic-acidosis-and-deep-breathing-in-cerebral-malaria-and-severe-malarial-anemia-may-explain-differences-in-acidosis-related-mortality
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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
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