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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150282/artesunate-quercetin-luteolin-dual-drug-nanofacilitated-synergistic-treatment-for-malaria-a-plausible-approach-to-overcome-artemisinin-combination-therapy-resistance
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Nethravathi Puttappa, Raman Suresh Kumar, Karthik Yamjala
Malaria is one of the major global health challenge with 300 million new cases annually. The best regimen for treating Plasmodium falciparum induced malaria is based on artemisinin and its derivatives which were prescribed as artemisinin combination therapy (ACT). These are highly effective drugs resulting in rapid clearance of parasites even in severe P. falciparum induced malaria patients. However, from the past few years parasites resistant to ACT's have begun to emerge in various parts of the world such as Cambodia and Greater Mekong Subregion...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149898/detection-of-plasmodium-falciparum-male-and-female-gametocytes-and-determination-of-parasite-sex-ratio-in-human-endemic-populations-by-novel-cheap-and-robust-rtqpcr-assays
#2
Federica Santolamazza, Pamela Avellino, Giulia Siciliano, Franck Adama Yao, Fabrizio Lombardo, Jean Bosco Ouédraogo, David Modiano, Pietro Alano, Valentina Dianora Mangano
BACKGROUND: The presence of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes in peripheral blood is essential for human to mosquito parasite transmission. The detection of submicroscopic infections with gametocytes and the estimation of the gametocyte sex ratio are crucial to assess the human host potential ability to infect mosquitoes and transmit malaria parasites. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to develop sensitive and cheap Real Time qPCR assays for large-scale epidemiological surveys, based on detection and amplification of gametocyte sex specific transcripts selected from the literature: the female-specific pfs25 and pf glycerol kinase (pfGK) and the male-specific pfs230p and pf13 transcripts...
November 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146922/molecular-definition-of-multiple-sites-of-antibody-inhibition-of-malaria-transmission-blocking-vaccine-antigen-pfs25
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Stephen W Scally, Brandon McLeod, Alexandre Bosch, Kazutoyo Miura, Qi Liang, Sean Carroll, Sini Reponen, Ngan Nguyen, Eldar Giladi, Sebastian Rämisch, Vidadi Yusibov, Allan Bradley, Franck Lemiale, William R Schief, Daniel Emerling, Paul Kellam, C Richter King, Jean-Philippe Julien
The Plasmodium falciparum Pfs25 protein (Pfs25) is a leading malaria transmission-blocking vaccine antigen. Pfs25 vaccination is intended to elicit antibodies that inhibit parasite development when ingested by Anopheles mosquitoes during blood meals. The Pfs25 three-dimensional structure has remained elusive, hampering a molecular understanding of its function and limiting immunogen design. We report six crystal structures of Pfs25 in complex with antibodies elicited by immunization via Pfs25 virus-like particles in human immunoglobulin loci transgenic mice...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146584/microrna-tissue-atlas-of-the-malaria-mosquito-anopheles-gambiae
#4
Lena Lampe, Elena A Levashina
Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes transmit the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, which causes the majority of fatal malaria cases worldwide. The hematophagous life style defines the mosquito reproductive biology and is exploited by P. falciparum for its own sexual reproduction and transmission. The two main phases of the mosquito reproductive cycle, pre-vitellogenic (PV) and post-blood meal (PBM) shape its capacity to transmit malaria. Transition between these phases is tightly coordinated to ensure homeostasis between mosquito tissues and successful reproduction...
November 16, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145842/age-specific-plasmodium-parasite-profile-in-pre-and-post-itn-intervention-period-at-a-highland-site-in-western-kenya
#5
Ednah N Ototo, Guofa Zhou, Lucy Kamau, Jenard P Mbugi, Christine L Wanjala, Maxwell Machani, Harrysone Atieli, Andrew K Githeko, Guiyun Yan
BACKGROUND: Monitoring and evaluation of entomological, parasitological and clinical data is an important component of malaria control as it is a measure of the success of the interventions. In many studies, clinical data has been used to monitor trends in malaria morbidity and mortality. This study was conducted to demonstrate age dependent prevalence of malaria in the pre- and post-interventions period. METHODS: A series of cross-sectional malaria parasitological surveys were conducted in Iguhu, western Kenya...
November 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144217/mechanisms-of-naturally-acquired-immunity-to-p-falciparum-and-approaches-to-identify-merozoite-antigen-targets
#6
Julie Healer, Chris Y Chiu, Diana S Hansen
Malaria is one the most serious infectious diseases with over 200 million clinical cases annually. Most cases of the severe disease are caused by Plasmodium falciparum. The blood stage of Plasmodium parasite is entirely responsible for malaria-associated pathology. The population most susceptible to severe malaria are children under the age of 5, with low levels of immunity. It is only after many years of repeated exposure that individuals living in endemic areas develop clinical immunity. This form of protection prevents clinical episodes by substantially reducing parasite burden...
November 16, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143837/development-of-a-label-free-raman-imaging-technique-for-differentiation-of-malaria-parasite-infected-from-non-infected-tissue
#7
Laura Frame, James Brewer, Rebecca Lee, Karen Faulds, Duncan Graham
During malarial infection, the host uses the spleen to clear the malaria parasites, however, the parasites have evolved the ability to bind to endothelial receptors in blood vessels of tissues to avoid removal, known as sequestration, and this is largely responsible for the symptoms and severity of infection. So a technique which could non-invasively diagnose tissue burden could be utilised as an aid for localised malaria diagnosis within tissue. Raman spectroscopy is a label-free imaging technique and can provide unique and chemically specific Raman 'fingerprint' spectrum of biological samples such as tissue...
November 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143441/cellular-aging-dynamics-after-acute-malaria-infection-a-12-month-longitudinal-study
#8
Muhammad Asghar, Victor Yman, Manijeh Vafa Homann, Klara Sondén, Ulf Hammar, Dennis Hasselquist, Anna Färnert
Accelerated cellular aging and reduced lifespan have recently been shown in birds chronically infected with malaria parasites. Whether malaria infection also affects cellular aging in humans has not been reported. Here, we assessed the effect of a single acute Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection on cellular aging dynamics in travelers prospectively followed over one year in Sweden. DNA and RNA were extracted from venous blood collected at the time of admission and repeatedly up to one year. Telomere length was measured using real-time quantitative PCR, while telomerase activity and CDKN2A expression were measured by reverse transcriptase (RT)-qPCR...
November 16, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143406/oncogenic-spiral-by-infectious-pathogens-the-cooperation-of-multiple-factors-in-cancer-development
#9
Jun-Ichirou Yasunaga, Masao Matsuoka
Chronic infection is one of the major causes of cancer, and there are several mechanisms for infection-mediated oncogenesis. Some pathogens encode gene products that behave like oncogenic factors, hijacking cellular pathways to promote the survival and proliferation of infected cells in vivo. Some of these viral oncoproteins trigger a cellular damage defense response leading to senescence; however, other viral factors hinder this suppressive effect, suggesting that cooperation of those viral factors is important for malignant transformation...
November 15, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141758/in-vitro-sensitivity-of-pyronaridine-in-thai-isolates-of-plasmodium-falciparum
#10
Kittiya Mahotorn, Peerapan Tan-Ariya, Thunyapit Thita, Toon Ruang-Areerate, Naruemon Sittichot, Nantana Suwandittakul, Mathirut Mungthin
Pyronaridine, a Mannich base antimalarial agent with a high activity against chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum, has been combined with artesunate as a new artemisinin derivative-based combination therapy (ACT). Pyronaridine-artesunate combination could be one of the choices for the treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria in multidrug-resistant areas including Thailand. The aim of this study was to determine in vitro sensitivity and cross-resistance pattern of pyronaridine in Thai isolates of P...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141722/spatio-temporal-dynamics-of-asymptomatic-malaria-bridging-the-gap-between-annual-malaria-resurgences-in-a-sahelian-environment
#11
Drissa Coulibaly, Mark A Travassos, Youssouf Tolo, Matthew B Laurens, Abdoulaye K Kone, Karim Traore, Mody Sissoko, Amadou Niangaly, Issa Diarra, Modibo Daou, Boureima Guindo, Stanislas Rebaudet, Bourema Kouriba, Nadine Dessay, Renaud Piarroux, Christopher V Plowe, Ogobara K Doumbo, Mahamadou A Thera, Jean Gaudart
In areas of seasonal malaria transmission, the incidence rate of malaria infection is presumed to be near zero at the end of the dry season. Asymptomatic individuals may constitute a major parasite reservoir during this time. We conducted a longitudinal analysis of the spatio-temporal distribution of clinical malaria and asymptomatic parasitemia over time in a Malian town to highlight these malaria transmission dynamics. For a cohort of 300 rural children followed over 2009-2014, periodicity and phase shift between malaria and rainfall were determined by spectral analysis...
October 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141714/falciparum-malaria-outbreak-in-sabah-linked-to-an-immigrant-rubber-tapper
#12
Saffree Mohammad Jeffree, Kamruddin Ahmed, Nazarudin Safian, Rohaizat Hassan, Omar Mihat, Khamisah Awang Lukman, Shamsul Bahari Shamsudin, Fadzilah Kamaludin
Sabah is a Malaysian state situated in the northern part of Borneo, and it is endemic for malaria. The incidence of malaria is the lowest (0.05/1,000 population) in Penampang districts of Sabah. In June 26, 2012, two Plasmodium falciparum malaria cases were notified to public health department from a village in Penampang. Immediate investigation was initiated to identify the risk factors and to institute control measures. We performed active case finding by asking household members of all houses in the village regarding malaria symptoms and by examining blood smears...
November 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141230/sub-minute-phosphoregulation-of-cell-cycle-systems-during-plasmodium-gamete-formation
#13
Brandon M Invergo, Mathieu Brochet, Lu Yu, Jyoti Choudhary, Pedro Beltrao, Oliver Billker
The transmission of malaria parasites to mosquitoes relies on the rapid induction of sexual reproduction upon their ingestion into a blood meal. Haploid female and male gametocytes become activated and emerge from their host cells, and the males enter the cell cycle to produce eight microgametes. The synchronized nature of gametogenesis allowed us to investigate phosphorylation signaling during its first minute in Plasmodium berghei via a high-resolution time course of the phosphoproteome. This revealed an unexpectedly broad response, with proteins related to distinct cell cycle events undergoing simultaneous phosphoregulation...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141217/th1-like-plasmodium-specific-memory-cd4-t-cells-support-humoral-immunity
#14
Ryan A Zander, Rahul Vijay, Angela D Pack, Jenna J Guthmiller, Amy C Graham, Scott E Lindner, Ashley M Vaughan, Stefan H I Kappe, Noah S Butler
Effector T cells exhibiting features of either T helper 1 (Th1) or T follicular helper (Tfh) populations are essential to control experimental Plasmodium infection and are believed to be critical for resistance to clinical malaria. To determine whether Plasmodium-specific Th1- and Tfh-like effector cells generate memory populations that contribute to protection, we developed transgenic parasites that enable high-resolution study of anti-malarial memory CD4 T cells in experimental models. We found that populations of both Th1- and Tfh-like Plasmodium-specific memory CD4 T cells persist...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141210/pfclpc-is-an-essential-clp-chaperone-required-for-plastid-integrity-and-clp-protease-stability-in-plasmodium-falciparum
#15
Anat Florentin, David W Cobb, Jillian D Fishburn, Michael J Cipriano, Paul S Kim, Manuel A Fierro, Boris Striepen, Vasant Muralidharan
The deadly malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum contains a nonphotosynthetic plastid, known as the apicoplast, that functions to produce essential metabolites, and drugs that target the apicoplast are clinically effective. Several prokaryotic caseinolytic protease (Clp) genes have been identified in the Plasmodium genome. Using phylogenetic analysis, we focused on the Clp members that may form a regulated proteolytic complex in the apicoplast. We genetically targeted members of this complex and generated conditional mutants of the apicoplast-localized PfClpC chaperone and PfClpP protease...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140232/country-wide-surveillance-of-molecular-markers-of-antimalarial-drug-resistance-in-senegal-by-use-of-positive-malaria-rapid-diagnostic-tests
#16
Magatte Ndiaye, Doudou Sow, Sidsel Nag, Khadime Sylla, Roger Clement Tine, Jean Louis Ndiaye, Aminata Collé Lo, Oumar Gaye, Babacar Faye, Michael Alifrangis
In Senegal, antimalarial drugs used in treatment and prevention of malaria are one of the main reasons for the current success in controlling malaria. However, the successful control of malaria is highly dependent on continued effectiveness of these drugs which may be compromised by the spread of drug resistance. Therefore, surveillance of drug resistance in the malaria parasites is essential. The objective of this pilot study was to test the feasibility of routinely sampled malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) at a national scale to assess the temporal changes in the molecular profiles of antimalarial drug resistance markers of Plasmodium falciparum parasites...
November 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138944/design-synthesis-conformational-and-molecular-docking-study-of-some-novel-acyl-hydrazone-based-molecular-hybrids-as-antimalarial-and-antimicrobial-agents
#17
Parvin Kumar, Kulbir Kadyan, Meenakshi Duhan, Jayant Sindhu, Vineeta Singh, Baljeet Singh Saharan
BACKGROUND: Acyl hydrazones are an important class of heterocyclic compounds promising pharmacological characteristics. Malaria is a life-threatening mosquito-borne blood disease caused by a plasmodium parasite. In some places, malaria can be treated and controlled with early diagnosis. However, some countries lack the resources to do this effectively. RESULTS: The present work involves the design and synthesis of some novel acyl hydrazone based molecular hybrids of 1,4-dihydropyridine and pyrazole (5a-g)...
November 14, 2017: Chemistry Central Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138897/correction-to-imported-falciparum-malaria-in-adults-host-and-parasite-related-factors-associated-with-severity-the-french-prospective-multicenter-palurea-cohort-study
#18
Fabrice Bruneel, Florence Tubach, Jean-Paul Mira, Sandrine Houze, Sebastien Gibot, Marie-Genevieve Huisse, Bruno Megarbane, Christophe Choquet, Philippe Corne, Eric Peytel, Daniel Villers, Christophe Camus, Olivier Bouchaud, Eric Caumes, Pierre-Marie Girard, Fabrice Simon, Antoine Kalloumeh, Carine Roy, Remy Durand, Jacques Le Bras, Sophie Matheron, Michel Wolff
The members of the Palurea Study Group were provided in such a way that they could not be indexed as collaborators on PubMed. The publisher apologizes for this error and is pleased to list the members of the group here.
November 14, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138663/toluidine-blue-rapid-and-simple-malaria-parasite-screening-and-species-identification
#19
Rupali Awale, Ratnaprabha Maji, Parag Patil, Raghavendra Lingiah, Ashok Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Subhadra Sharma
Malaria, a febrile illness mostly confined to the tropical countries is transmitted by bite of infected female Anopheles mosquito. In 2015 alone, 88% of the malaria burden and 90% deaths due to malaria were confined to the African and Asian countries. Although number of tests are available for rapid diagnosis and screening for malaria, peripheral blood smear examination remains the gold standard. Leishman stain is recommended by WHO however herein we evaluate one of the alternative methods of staining which is simple and rapid...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138642/observation-of-blood-donor-recipient-malaria-parasitaemia-patterns-in-a-malaria-endemic-region
#20
Jamilu Abdullahi Faruk, Gboye Olufemi Ogunrinde, Aisha Indo Mamman
Background: Asymptomatic malaria parasitaemia has been documented in donor blood in West Africa. However, donated blood is not routinely screened for malaria parasites (MPs). The present study therefore aimed to document the frequency of blood transfusion-induced donor-recipient malaria parasitaemia patterns, in children receiving blood transfusion in a tertiary health-centre. Methodology: A cross-sectional, observational study involving 140 children receiving blood transfusion was carried out...
2017: Journal of Tropical Medicine
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