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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342401/matched-placental-and-circulating-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites-are-genetically-homologous-at-the-var2csa-id1-dbl2x-locus-by-deep-sequencing
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Andreea Waltmann, Jaymin C Patel, Kyaw L Thwai, Nicholas J Hathaway, Christian M Parobek, Achille Massougbodji, Nadine Fievet, Jeffery A Bailey, Philippe Deloron, Jonathan J Juliano, Nicaise Tuikue Ndam, Steven R Meshnick
In pregnancy-associated malaria, infected erythrocytes accumulate in the placenta. It is unclear if in polyclonal infections this results in distinct peripheral and placental parasite populations. We used long amplicon deep sequencing of Plasmodium falciparum var2csa ID1-DBL2X from 15 matched peripheral and placental samples collected at delivery from a high transmission area to determine genetic homology. Despite substantial sequence variation and detecting 23 haplotypes, the matched pairs mostly contained the same genetic variants, with 11 pairs sharing 100% of their variants, whereas others showed some heterogeneity...
January 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342212/sequence-variation-in-plasmodium-falciparum-merozoite-surface-protein-2-is-associated-with-virulence-causing-severe-and-cerebral-malaria
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Suwanna Chaorattanakawee, Pornlada Nuchnoi, Hathairad Hananantachai, Uranan Tumkosit, David Saunders, Izumi Naka, Jun Ohashi, Jintana Patarapotikul
Parasite virulence, an important factor contributing to the severity of Plasmodium falciparum infection, varies among P. falciparum strains. Relatively little is known regarding markers of virulence capable of identifying strains responsible for severe malaria. We investigated the effects of genetic variations in the P.f. merozoite surface protein 2 gene (msp2) on virulence, as it was previously postulated as a factor. We analyzed 300 msp2 sequences of single P. falciparum clone infection from patients with uncomplicated disease as well as those admitted for severe malaria with and without cerebral disease...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342187/induction-of-high-tolerance-to-artemisinin-by-sub-lethal-administration-a-new-in-vitro-model-of-p-falciparum
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Serena De Lucia, Ioannis Tsamesidis, Maria Carmina Pau, Kristina R Kesely, Antonella Pantaleo, Francesco Turrini
Artemisinin resistance is a major threat to malaria control efforts. Resistance is characterized by an increase in the Plasmodium falciparum parasite clearance half-life following treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) and an increase in the percentage of surviving parasites. The remarkably short blood half-life of artemisinin derivatives may contribute to drug-resistance, possibly through factors including sub-lethal plasma concentrations and inadequate exposure. Here we selected for a new strain of artemisinin resistant parasites, termed the artemisinin resistant strain 1 (ARS1), by treating P...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340840/application-of-gamma-irradiation-knowledge-in-tissue-sterilisation-inactivation-of-malaria-parasite
#4
Peter Myint
Malaria is one of the exclusion criteria used in selecting tissue donors and the absence of this information can lead to rejection of tissues for transplant. The studies on the malaria parasite have been confined to low dose attenuation of parasites in blood for transfusion purposes. There is no published information relating to the inactivation of malaria parasites with irradiation for the sterilisation of tissues. A dose-surviving parasite population following radiation was replotted using D0 value from a published paper whereby D10 value of 41 Gy was obtained...
January 16, 2018: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339517/infected-erythrocytes-expressing-dc13-pfemp1-differ-from-recombinant-proteins-in-epcr-binding-function
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Yvonne Azasi, Gabriella Lindergard, Ashfaq Ghumra, Jianbing Mu, Louis H Miller, J Alexandra Rowe
Recent advances have identified a new paradigm for cerebral malaria pathogenesis in which endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) is a major host receptor for sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes (IEs) in the brain and other vital organs. The parasite adhesins that bind EPCR are members of the IE variant surface antigen family Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) containing specific adhesion domains called domain cassette (DC) 8 and DC13. The binding interaction site between PfEMP1 and EPCR has been mapped by biophysical and crystallography studies using recombinant proteins...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339392/a-novel-piperazine-based-drug-lead-for-cryptosporidiosis-from-the-medicines-for-malaria-venture-open-access-malaria-box
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R S Jumani, K Bessoff, M S Love, P Miller, E E Stebbins, J E Teixeira, M A Campbell, M J Meyers, J A Zambriski, V Nunez, A K Woods, C W McNamara, C D Huston
Cryptosporidiosis causes life-threatening diarrhea in children under age five, and prolonged diarrhea in immunodeficient people, especially AIDS patients. The standard of care, nitazoxanide, is modestly effective in children and ineffective in immunocompromised individuals. In addition to a need for new drugs, better knowledge of drug properties that drive in vivo efficacy is needed to facilitate drug development. We report identification of a piperazine-based lead compound for Cryptosporidium drug development, MMV665917, and a new pharmacodynamic method used for its characterization...
January 16, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339390/identification-of-hsp90-inhibitors-with-anti-plasmodium-activity
#7
Dora Posfai, Amber L Eubanks, Allison I Keim, Kuan-Yi Lu, Grace Z Wang, Philip F Hughes, Nobutaka Kato, Timothy A Haystead, Emily R Derbyshire
Malaria remains a global health burden partly due to Plasmodium parasite resistance to first-line therapeutics. The molecular chaperone heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) has emerged as an essential protein for blood stage Plasmodium parasites, but details about its function during malaria's elusive liver stage are unclear. We used target-based screens to identify compounds that bind to Plasmodium falciparum and human Hsp90, which revealed insights into chemotypes with species selective binding. Using cell-based malaria assays, we demonstrate that all identified Hsp90-binding compounds are liver and blood stage Plasmodium inhibitors...
January 16, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338786/a-systematic-review-of-transfusion-transmitted-malaria-in-non-endemic-areas
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Federica Verra, Andrea Angheben, Elisa Martello, Giovanni Giorli, Francesca Perandin, Zeno Bisoffi
BACKGROUND: Transfusion-transmitted malaria (TTM) is an accidental Plasmodium infection caused by whole blood or a blood component transfusion from a malaria infected donor to a recipient. Infected blood transfusions directly release malaria parasites in the recipient's bloodstream triggering the development of high risk complications, and potentially leading to a fatal outcome especially in individuals with no previous exposure to malaria or in immuno-compromised patients. A systematic review was conducted on TTM case reports in non-endemic areas to describe the epidemiological characteristics of blood donors and recipients...
January 16, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338760/increased-plasmodium-chabaudi-malaria-mortality-in-mice-with-nutritional-iron-deficiency-can-be-reduced-by-short-term-adjunctive-iron-supplementation
#9
Filip C Castberg, Lasse Maretty, Trine Staalsoe, Casper Hempel, Erik Clasen-Linde, Lars Hviid, Jørgen A L Kurtzhals
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency is the most widespread nutrient deficiency and an important cause of developmental impairment in children. However, some studies have indicated that iron deficiency can also protect against malaria, which is a leading cause of childhood morbidity and mortality in large parts of the world. This has rendered interventions against iron deficiency in malaria-endemic areas controversial. METHODS: The effect of nutritional iron deficiency on the clinical outcome of Plasmodium chabaudi AS infection in A/J mice and the impact of intravenous iron supplementation with ferric carboxymaltose were studied before and after parasite infection...
January 16, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338736/spatial-panorama-of-malaria-prevalence-in-africa-under-climate-change-and-interventions-scenarios
#10
Francois M Moukam Kakmeni, Ritter Y A Guimapi, Frank T Ndjomatchoua, Sansoa A Pedro, James Mutunga, Henri E Z Tonnang
BACKGROUND: Malaria is highly sensitive to climatic variables and is strongly influenced by the presence of vectors in a region that further contribute to parasite development and sustained disease transmission. Mathematical analysis of malaria transmission through the use and application of the value of the basic reproduction number (R0) threshold is an important and useful tool for the understanding of disease patterns. METHODS: Temperature dependence aspect of R0 obtained from dynamical mathematical network model was used to derive the spatial distribution maps for malaria transmission under different climatic and intervention scenarios...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338720/manual-exchange-transfusion-for-severe-imported-falciparum-malaria-a-retrospective-study
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Jinfeng Lin, Xiaoying Huang, Gang Qin, Suyan Zhang, Weiwei Sun, Yadong Wang, Ke Ren, Junxian Xu, Xudong Han
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of exchange transfusion in patients with severe imported falciparum malaria. Twelve patients who met the diagnostic criteria for severe malaria were treated with exchange transfusion 14 times according to a conventional anti-malarial treatment. This study evaluated the efficacy of exchange transfusion for severe imported falciparum malaria. METHODS: Clinical data of severe imported falciparum malaria patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Nantong Third People's Hospital from January 2007 to December 2016 were investigated in this retrospective study...
January 16, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336158/chromosome-gene-orientations-inversion-networks-goins-of-plasmodium-proteome
#12
Viviana F Quevedo-Tumailli, Bernabe Ortega-Tenezaca, Humbert Gonzalez-Diaz
The spatial distribution of genes in chromosomes seems not to be random. For instance, only 10% of genes are transcribed from bidirectional promoters in humans and many more are organised in larger clusters. This raises intriguing questions asked by different authors before. We would like to add a few more questions in this context, related to gene orientation inversions. Does gene orientation (inversion) follow a random pattern? Is it relevant to biological activity somehow? In this paper, we define a new kind of network coined as the Gene Orientation Inversion Network (GOIN)...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335000/molecular-characterization-of-babesia-microti-thioredoxin-bmtrx2-and-its-expression-patterns-induced-by-antiprotozoal-drugs
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Jingwei Huang, Kang Xiong, Houshuang Zhang, Yanzhen Zhao, Jie Cao, Haiyan Gong, Yongzhi Zhou, Jinlin Zhou
BACKGROUND: Human babesiosis is an infectious disease that is epidemic in various regions all over the world. The predominant causative pathogen of this disease is the intra-erythrocytic parasite Babesia microti. The thioredoxin system is one of the major weapons that is used in the resistance to the reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) produced by host immune system. In other intra-erythrocytic apicomplexans like the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, anti-oxidative proteins are promising targets for the development of anti-parasitic drugs...
January 15, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334956/identification-and-characterization-of-areas-of-high-and-low-risk-for-asymptomatic-malaria-infections-at-sub-village-level-in-ratanakiri-cambodia
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Lies Durnez, Myrthe Pareyn, Vanna Mean, Saorin Kim, Nimol Khim, Didier Menard, Marc Coosemans, Tho Sochantha, Vincent Sluydts
BACKGROUND: Malaria elimination needs a concentration of activities towards identification of residual transmission foci and intensification of efforts to eliminate the last few infections, located in so-called 'malaria hotspots'. Previous work on characterizing malaria transmission hotspots has mainly focused on falciparum malaria and especially on symptomatic cases, while the malaria reservoir is expected to be mainly concentrated in the asymptomatic human population when transmission is low...
January 15, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332936/tissue-specific-immunopathology-during-malaria-infection
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REVIEW
Cevayir Coban, Michelle Sue Jann Lee, Ken J Ishii
Systemic inflammation mediated by Plasmodium parasites is central to malaria disease and its complications. Plasmodium parasites reside in erythrocytes and can theoretically reach all host tissues via the circulation. However, actual interactions between parasitized erythrocytes and host tissues, along with the consequent damage and pathological changes, are limited locally to specific tissue sites. Such tissue specificity of the parasite can alter the outcome of malaria disease, determining whether acute or chronic complications occur...
January 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332383/developing-pantetheinase-resistant-pantothenamide-antibacterials-structural-modification-impacts-on-pank-interaction-and-mode-of-action
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Leanne Barnard, Konrad Johannes Mostert, Willem A L van Otterlo, Erick Strauss
Pantothenamides (PanAms) are analogues of pantothenate, the biosynthetic precursor of coenzyme A (CoA), and show potent antimicrobial activity against several bacteria and the malaria parasite in vitro. However, pantetheinase enzymes that normally degrade pantetheine in human serum also act on the PanAms, thereby reducing their potency. In this study, we designed analogues of the known antibacterial PanAm N-heptylpantothenamide (N7-Pan) to be resistant to pantetheinase by using three complementary structural modification strategies...
January 14, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332155/prevalence-of-the-pfdhfr-and-pfdhps-mutations-among-asymptomatic-pregnant-women-in-southeast-nigeria
#17
Ekpereonne Esu, Costanza Tacoli, Prabhanjan Gai, Nicole Berens-Riha, Michael Pritsch, Thomas Loescher, Martin Meremikwu
Sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) is the recommended drug for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy in most of sub-Saharan Africa. Resistance to SP is related to mutations in the dhfr and dhps gene of Plasmodium falciparum. This study determined the prevalence of Pfdhfr and Pfdhps polymorphisms found in asymptomatic pregnant women attending antenatal care in Calabar, Nigeria. From October 2013 to November 2014, asymptomatic pregnant women attending antenatal care clinics were enrolled after obtaining informed consent...
January 13, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330527/aquaglyceroporin-pbaqp-is-required-for-efficient-progression-through-the-liver-stage-of-plasmodium-infection
#18
Dominique Promeneur, Godfree Mlambo, Peter Agre, Isabelle Coppens
The discovery of aquaglyceroporins (AQP) has highlighted a new mechanism of membrane solute transport that may hold therapeutic potential for controlling parasitic infections, including malaria. Plasmodium parasites express a single AQP at the plasma membrane that functions as a channel for water, nutrients and waste into and out cells. We previously demonstrated that Plasmodium berghei targeted for PbAQP deletion are deficient in glycerol import and less virulent than wild-type parasites during the blood developmental stage...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327915/multispectral-atomic-force-microscopy-infrared-nano-imaging-of-malaria-infected-red-blood-cells
#19
David Perez-Guaita, Kamila Kochan, Mitchell Batty, Christian Doerig, Jose Garcia-Bustos, Shirley Josefina Espinoza Herrera, Don McNaughton, Philip Heraud, Bayden R Wood
Atomic Force Microscopy-Infrared (AFM-IR) spectroscopy is a powerful new technique that can be applied to study molecular composition of cells and tissues at the nano-scale. AFM-IR maps are acquired using single wavenumber value: they show either the absorbance plotted against a single wavenumber value, or a ratio of two absorbance values. Here we implement multivariate image analysis to generate multivariate AFM-IR maps, and use this approach to resolve subcellular structural information in red blood cells infected with Plasmodium falciparum at different stages of development...
January 12, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327322/molecular-characterization-of-avian-malaria-in-the-spotless-starling-sturnus-unicolor
#20
Jaime Muriel, Jeff A Graves, Diego Gil, S Magallanes, Concepción Salaberria, Miriam Casal-López, Alfonso Marzal
We studied the prevalence and genetic diversity of malaria parasites in the poorly investigated spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor) breeding in central Spain, aiming to describe the phylogenetic relationships among them and with other haemosporidians infecting the genus Sturnus. A total of 180 nestlings and 180 adult individuals from four different breeding seasons were screened for haemosporidian parasites using a nested PCR approach for the genera Plasmodium and Haemoproteus. Although the malaria prevalence ranged between years, the overall prevalence was 6...
January 11, 2018: Parasitology Research
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