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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346490/effect-of-hiv-and-malaria-parasites-co-infection-on-immune-hematological-profiles-among-patients-attending-anti-retroviral-treatment-art-clinic-in-infectious-disease-hospital-kano-nigeria
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Feyisayo Ebenezer Jegede, Tinuade Ibijoke Oyeyi, Surajudeen Abiola Abdulrahman, Henry Akwen Mbah, Titilope Badru, Chinedu Agbakwuru, Oluwasanmi Adedokun
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and malaria co-infection may present worse health outcomes in the tropics. Information on HIV/malaria co-infection effect on immune-hematological profiles is critical for patient care and there is a paucity of such data in Nigeria. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate immune-hematological profiles among HIV infected patients compared to HIV/malaria co-infected for ART management improvement. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study conducted at Infectious Disease Hospital, Kano...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340622/anti-plasmodial-activity-of-norcaesalpin-d-and-extracts-of-four-medicinal-plants-used-traditionally-for-treatment-of-malaria
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Ramadhani Selemani Omari Nondo, Mainen Julius Moshi, Paul Erasto, Pax Jessey Masimba, Francis Machumi, Abdul Waziri Kidukuli, Matthias Heydenreich, Denis Zofou
BACKGROUND: Malaria is an old life-threatening parasitic disease that is still affecting many people, mainly children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Availability of effective antimalarial drugs played a significant role in the treatment and control of malaria. However, recent information on the emergence of P. falciparum parasites resistant to one of the artemisinin-based combination therapies suggests the need for discovery of new drug molecules. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the antiplasmodial activity of extracts, fractions and isolated compound from medicinal plants traditionally used in the treatment of malaria in Tanzania...
March 24, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336379/synthetic-nanovaccines-for-immunotherapy
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Min Luo, Layla Z Samandi, Zhaohui Wang, Zhijian J Chen, Jinming Gao
Although vaccination is historically one of the most successful strategies for the prevention of infectious diseases, development of vaccines for cancer and many chronic infections, such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, has remained a challenge. Strong and long-lasting antigen-specific T cell responses are critical for therapy of these diseases. A major challenge in achieving a robust CD8+ T cell response is the requirement of spatio-temporal orchestration of antigen cross-presentation in antigen-presenting cells with innate stimulation...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333921/bioenergetics-based-modeling-of-plasmodium-falciparum-metabolism-reveals-its-essential-genes-nutritional-requirements-and-thermodynamic-bottlenecks
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Anush Chiappino-Pepe, Stepan Tymoshenko, Meriç Ataman, Dominique Soldati-Favre, Vassily Hatzimanikatis
Novel antimalarial therapies are urgently needed for the fight against drug-resistant parasites. The metabolism of malaria parasites in infected cells is an attractive source of drug targets but is rather complex. Computational methods can handle this complexity and allow integrative analyses of cell metabolism. In this study, we present a genome-scale metabolic model (iPfa) of the deadliest malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, and its thermodynamics-based flux analysis (TFA). Using previous absolute concentration data of the intraerythrocytic parasite, we applied TFA to iPfa and predicted up to 63 essential genes and 26 essential pairs of genes...
March 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323886/contribution-of-urinary-tract-infection-to-the-burden-of-febrile-illnesses-in-young-children-in-rural-kenya
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Wechuli Geoffrey Masika, Wendy Prudhomme O'Meara, Thomas L Holland, Janice Armstrong
INTRODUCTION: The clinical features of UTI in young children may not localize to the urinary tract and closely resemble other febrile illnesses. In malaria endemic areas, a child presenting with fever is often treated presumptively for malaria without investigation for UTI. Delayed or inadequate treatment of UTI increases the risk of bacteremia and renal scarring in young children and subsequently complications as hypertension and end stage renal disease in adulthood. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in a hospital in western Kenya...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320794/innovative-public-private-partnership-to-target-subsidised-antimalarials-a-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-to-evaluate-a-community-intervention-in-western-kenya
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Jeremiah Laktabai, Adriane Lesser, Alyssa Platt, Elisa Maffioli, Manoj Mohanan, Diana Menya, Wendy Prudhomme O'Meara, Elizabeth L Turner
INTRODUCTION: There are concerns of inappropriate use of subsidised antimalarials due to the large number of fevers treated in the informal sector with minimal access to diagnostic testing. Targeting antimalarial subsidies to confirmed malaria cases can lead to appropriate, effective therapy. There is evidence that community health volunteers (CHVs) can be trained to safely and correctly use rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). This study seeks to evaluate the public health impact of targeted antimalarial subsidies delivered through a partnership between CHVs and the private retail sector...
March 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319724/interactions-between-tafenoquine-and-artemisinin-combination-therapy-partner-drug-in-asexual-and-sexual-stage-plasmodium-falciparum
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Karen Kemirembe, Mynthia Cabrera, Liwang Cui
The 8-aminoquinoline tafenoquine (TFQ), a primaquine derivative, is currently in late-stage clinical development for the radical cure of P. vivax. Here drug interactions between TFQ and chloroquine and six artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) partner drugs in P. falciparum asexual stages and gametocytes were investigated. TFQ was mostly synergistic with the ACT-partner drugs in asexual parasites regardless of genetic backgrounds. However, at fixed ratios of 1:3, 1:1 and 3:1, TFQ only interacted synergistically with naphthoquine, pyronaridine and piperaquine in gametocytes...
March 11, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317157/design-and-synthesis-of-novel-anti-plasmodial-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-containing-an-alkoxyamide-connecting-unit
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Leandro A Alves Avelar, Jana Held, Jessica A Engel, Parichat Sureechatchaiyan, Finn K Hansen, Alexandra Hamacher, Matthias U Kassack, Benjamin Mordmüller, Katherine T Andrews, Thomas Kurz
Despite recent declines in mortality, malaria remains an important global health problem. New therapies are needed, including new drugs with novel modes of action compared to existing agents. Among new potential therapeutic targets for malaria, inhibition of parasitic histone deacetylases (HDACs) is a promising approach. Homology modeling of PfHDAC1, a known target of some anti-plasmodial HDAC inhibitors, revealed a unique threonine residue at the rim of the active site in close proximity to the location of the cap group of vorinostat-type HDAC inhibitors...
March 20, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314763/endothelial-dysfunction-inhibits-the-ability-of-haptoglobin-to-prevent-hemoglobin-induced-hypertension
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Jan A Graw, Binglan Yu, Emanuele Rezoagli, H Shaw Warren, Emmanuel S Buys, Donald B Bloch, Warren M Zapol
BACKGROUND: Intravascular hemolysis produces injury in a variety of human diseases including hemoglobinopathies, malaria, and sepsis. The adverse effects of increased plasma hemoglobin are partly mediated by depletion of nitric oxide (NO) and result in vasoconstriction. Circulating plasma proteins haptoglobin and hemopexin scavenge extracellular hemoglobin and cell-free heme, respectively. METHODS: The ability of human haptoglobin or hemopexin to inhibit the adverse effects of NO-scavenging by circulating murine hemoglobin was tested in C57Bl/6 mice...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306518/biochemical-testing-in-a-laboratory-tent-and-semi-intensive-care-of-ebola-patients-on-site-in-a-remote-part-of-guinea-a-paradigm-shift-based-on-a-bleach-sensitive-point-of-care-device
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Leonid M Irenge, Jean-Michel Dindart, Jean-Luc Gala
BACKGROUND: During the West Africa Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, a Belgian laboratory was deployed for supporting the Ebola treatment unit (ETU) of N'Zerekore, Guinea. Besides diagnosis of EVD and malaria, biochemical parameters were tested and used to guide supportive treatment of EVD. METHODS: To preserve analytes stability, lithium-heparin blood samples were analyzed using the i-STAT® point-of-care testing (POCT) handheld device without the viral inactivation step...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302108/confirmation-of-plasmodium-falciparum-in-vitro-resistance-to-monodesethylamodiaquine-and-chloroquine-in-dakar-senegal-in-2015
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Silman Diawara, Marylin Madamet, Mame Bou Kounta, Gora Lo, Khalifa Ababacar Wade, Aminata Nakoulima, Raymond Bercion, Rémy Amalvict, Mamadou Wague Gueye, Bécaye Fall, Bakary Diatta, Bruno Pradines
BACKGROUND: In response to increasing resistance to anti-malarial drugs, Senegal adopted artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) as the first-line treatment for uncomplicated malaria in 2006. However, resistance of Plasmodium falciparum parasites to artemisinin derivatives, characterized by delayed parasite clearance after treatment with ACT or artesunate monotherapy, has recently emerged and rapidly spread in Southeast Asia. After 10 years of stability with rates ranging from 5.6 to 11...
March 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296396/seeking-the-elusive-long-acting-ozonide-discovery-of-artefenomel-oz439
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Ho Shin Kim, Jared T Hammill, R Kiplin Guy
The majority of frontline therapies for the treatment of malaria are combination drugs containing artemisinin (or its semisynthetic analogs), known as artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs). While generally efficacious, ACTs and the first generation fully synthetic ozonide, arterolane (OZ277, 1), suffer from rapid clearance requiring 3-day dosing regimens. Extensive structure-activity studies led to the discovery of a second-generation ozonide, artefenomel (OZ439, 2), which has overcome this limitation, maintaining the rapid onset of action and potent activity of the artemisinin derivatives while exhibiting greatly improved pharmacokinetics, low projected cost of goods, prophylactic activity, and the potential for a single dose cure...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295179/platelets-and-infections-in-the-resource-limited-countries-with-a-focus-on-malaria-and-viral-haemorrhagic-fevers
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REVIEW
Jecko Thachil
Infections continue to cause a high incidence of mortality and morbidity in resource-poor nations. Although antimicrobial therapy has aided mostly in dealing with the pathogenic micro-organisms themselves, the collateral damage caused by the infections continue to cause many deaths. Intensive care support and manipulation of the hosts' abnormal response to the infection have helped to improve mortality in well-resourced countries. But, in those areas with limited resources, this is not yet the case and simpler methods of diagnosis and interventions are required...
March 14, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293411/a-strange-manifestation-of-malaria-in-a-native-nigerian-boy
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Paola Magro, Ilaria Izzo, Barbara Saccani, Salvatore Casari, Silvio Caligaris, Lina Rachele Tomasoni, Alberto Matteelli, Annamaria Lombardi, Antonella Meini, Francesco Castelli
The protective role of Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) in malaria endemic areas has been proved, and prevalence of HbS gene in malaria endemic areas is high. Splenic infarction is a well-known complication of SCT, while the association with malaria is considered rare. A Nigerian boy was admitted to our ward after returning from his country of origin, for P. falciparum malaria. He underwent abdominal ultrasound for upper right abdominal pain, showing cholecystitis and multiple splenic lesions suggestive of abscesses...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290995/uses-of-polypills-for-cardiovascular-disease-and-evidence-to-date
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REVIEW
Mark D Huffman, Denis Xavier, Pablo Perel
Polypills have been approved in more than 30 countries, but worldwide experience with and availability of polypills remain limited, unlike fixed-dose combinations in other diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. In this Series review, we aim to propose a guide for the use of polypills in future research and clinical activities and to synthesise contemporary evidence supporting the use of polypills for prevention of atherosclerosis. Polypill uses can be categorised by population and indication, both of which influence the balance between benefits and risks...
March 11, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289248/antimalarial-drug-resistance-a-threat-to-malaria-elimination
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Didier Menard, Arjen Dondorp
Increasing antimalarial drug resistance once again threatens effective antimalarial drug treatment, malaria control, and elimination. Artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) are first-line treatment for uncomplicated falciparum malaria in all endemic countries, yet partial resistance to artemisinins has emerged in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Concomitant emergence of partner drug resistance is now causing high ACT treatment failure rates in several areas. Genetic markers for artemisinin resistance and several of the partner drugs have been established, greatly facilitating surveillance...
March 13, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289029/antimalarial-hybrid-molecules-a-close-reality-or-a-distant-dream
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Drishti Agarwal, Rinkoo D Gupta, Satish K Awasthi
Emergence of drug resistant Plasmodium falciparum strains has led to a situation of haste in the scientific and pharmaceutical communities. Hence, all their efforts are redirected towards finding alternate chemotherapeutic agents that are capable of combating multi-drug resistant parasite strains. In the above light, scientists have come up with the concept of hybridisation of two or more active pharmacophores into a single chemical entity, resulting in 'antimalarial hybrids.' The approach has been applied widely for lead generation against deadly diseases such as cancer and AIDS, with proven potential to be used as novel drugs, but is comparatively new in the sphere of antimalarial drug discovery...
March 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289025/age-weight-and-cyp2d6-genotype-are-major-determinants-of-primaquine-pharmacokinetics-in-african-children
#18
Bronner P Gonçalves, Helmi Pett, Alfred B Tiono, Daryl Murry, Sodiomon Sirima, Mikko Niemi, Teun Bousema, Chris Drakeley, Rob Ter Heine
Low dose primaquine is recommended to prevent Plasmodium falciparum malaria transmission in areas threatened by artemisinin resistance and areas aiming for malaria elimination. Community treatment campaigns with artemisinin-based combination therapy in combination with the gametocytocidal primaquine dose target all age groups but no studies thus far have assessed the pharmacokinetics of this gametocytocidal drug in African children. We recruited forty children participating in a primaquine efficacy trial in Burkina Faso to study primaquine pharmacokinetics...
March 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288746/population-coverage-of-artemisinin-based-combination-treatment-in-children-younger-than-5-years-with-fever-and-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-in-africa-2003-2015-a-modelling-study-using-data-from-national-surveys
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Adam Bennett, Donal Bisanzio, Joshua O Yukich, Bonnie Mappin, Cristin A Fergus, Michael Lynch, Richard E Cibulskis, Samir Bhatt, Daniel J Weiss, Ewan Cameron, Peter W Gething, Thomas P Eisele
BACKGROUND: Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are the most effective treatment for uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection. A commonly used indicator for monitoring and assessing progress in coverage of malaria treatment is the proportion of children younger than 5 years with reported fever in the previous 14 days who have received an ACT. We propose an improved indicator that incorporates parasite infection status (as assessed by a rapid diagnostic test [RDT]), which is available in recent household surveys...
April 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272506/a-murine-model-to-study-epilepsy-and-sudep-induced-by-malaria-infection
#20
Paddy Ssentongo, Anna E Robuccio, Godfrey Thuku, Derek G Sim, Ali Nabi, Fatemeh Bahari, Balaji Shanmugasundaram, Myles W Billard, Andrew Geronimo, Kurt W Short, Patrick J Drew, Jennifer Baccon, Steven L Weinstein, Frank G Gilliam, José A Stoute, Vernon M Chinchilli, Andrew F Read, Bruce J Gluckman, Steven J Schiff
One of the largest single sources of epilepsy in the world is produced as a neurological sequela in survivors of cerebral malaria. Nevertheless, the pathophysiological mechanisms of such epileptogenesis remain unknown and no adjunctive therapy during cerebral malaria has been shown to reduce the rate of subsequent epilepsy. There is no existing animal model of postmalarial epilepsy. In this technical report we demonstrate the first such animal models. These models were created from multiple mouse and parasite strain combinations, so that the epilepsy observed retained universality with respect to genetic background...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
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