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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445973/plasmodium-parasite-as-an-effective-hepatocellular-carcinoma-antigen-glypican-3-delivery-vector
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Quan Liu, Yijun Yang, Xuefang Tan, Zhu Tao, Dickson Adah, Songlin Yu, Junnan Lu, Siting Zhao, Limei Qin, Li Qin, Xiaoping Chen
We have previously demonstrated that malaria parasite infection has an anti-tumor effect in a mouse model. This research aimed to investigate the possibility of using Plasmodium parasite as a novel vaccine vector for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) immunotherapy. We constructed a Plasmodium yoelii 17XNL strain (P.y) expressing murine glypican-3 (GPC3) protein (P.y-GPC3), and examined its therapeutic potency in a murine Hepa1-6-induced hepatoma model that highly expressed GPC3 protein. The prerequisites for invoking a CD8+ T cell response were assessed after P...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445503/therapeutic-efficacy-of-artemether-lumefantrine-against-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-a-high-transmission-area-in-northwest-ethiopia
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Michael Teklemariam, Ashenafi Assefa, Moges Kassa, Hussien Mohammed, Hassen Mamo
Malaria, particularly due to Plasmodium falciparum, remains a major public health threat in Ethiopia. Artemether-lumefantine (AL) has been the first-line antimalarial drug against uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria in the country since 2004. Regular monitoring of antimalarial drugs is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help early detection of drug resistant strains of the parasite and contain their rapid spread. The objective of this study was to assess the therapeutic efficacy of AL in a high-transmission setting in Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442456/the-malaria-system-microapp-a-new-mobile-device-based-tool-for-malaria-diagnosis
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Allisson Dantas Oliveira, Clara Prats, Mateu Espasa, Francesc Zarzuela Serrat, Cristina Montañola Sales, Aroa Silgado, Daniel Lopez Codina, Mercia Eliane Arruda, Jordi Gomez I Prat, Jones Albuquerque
BACKGROUND: Malaria is a public health problem that affects remote areas worldwide. Climate change has contributed to the problem by allowing for the survival of Anopheles in previously uninhabited areas. As such, several groups have made developing news systems for the automated diagnosis of malaria a priority. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop a new, automated, mobile device-based diagnostic system for malaria. The system uses Giemsa-stained peripheral blood samples combined with light microscopy to identify the Plasmodium falciparum species in the ring stage of development...
April 25, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442321/high-prevalence-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-soil-transmitted-helminth-co-infections-in-a-periurban-community-in-kwara-state-nigeria
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Olarewaju A Babamale, Uade S Ugbomoiko, Jorg Heukelbach
Prevalence of malaria and soil-transmitted helminth infections, and the burden of disease are enormous in sub-Saharan Africa. Co-infections aggravate the clinical outcome, but are common due to an overlap of endemic areas. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess prevalence, intensity of infection and association between malaria and soil-transmitted helminth infections in a typical periurban community in Kwara State. Fresh blood and faecal samples were examined using thick blood film and Kato-Katz smear techniques...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441959/serological-measures-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-malaria-control-programme-on-ambae-island-vanuatu
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Zulkarnain Md Idris, Chim W Chan, Mubasher Mohammed, Morris Kalkoa, George Taleo, Klara Junker, Bruno Arcà, Chris Drakeley, Akira Kaneko
BACKGROUND: Seroepidemiology can provide evidence for temporal changes in malaria transmission and is an important tool to evaluate the effectiveness of control interventions. During the early 2000s, Vanuatu experienced an acute increase in malaria incidence due to a lapse in funding for vector control. After the distribution of subsidised insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) resumed in 2003, malaria incidence decreased in the subsequent years. This study was conducted to find the serological evidence supporting the impact of ITN on exposure to Anopheles vector bites and parasite prevalence...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438976/chemical-attenuation-in-the-development-of-a-whole-organism-malaria-vaccine
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Amber I Raja, Danielle I Stanisic, Michael F Good
Malaria vaccine development has been dominated by the subunit approach; however, many subunit vaccine candidates have had limited efficacy in endemic settings. As our search for an efficacious malaria vaccine continues, the development of a whole organism vaccine is now receiving much scrutiny. One strategy currently being explored in the development of a whole organism vaccine involves chemical attenuation of the malaria parasite. In vivo and in vitro chemical attenuation of both the liver-stage and blood-stage of Plasmodium parasites have been investigated...
April 24, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438929/molecular-profile-of-malaria-drug-resistance-markers-of-plasmodium-falciparum-in-suriname
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Stella M Chenet, Sheila Akinyi Okoth, Julia Kelley, Naomi Lucchi, Curtis S Huber, Stephen Vreden, Alexandre Macedo de Oliveira, John W Barnwell, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, Malti R Adhin
In Suriname, an artesunate monotherapy therapeutic efficacy trial was recently conducted to evaluate partial artemisinin resistance emerging in Plasmodium falciparum We genotyped the PfK13 propeller domain of P. falciparum in forty samples as well as other mutations proposed to be associated with artemisinin resistant mutants. We did not find any mutations previously associated with artemisinin resistance in Southeast Asia but we found fixed resistance mutations for chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine...
April 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438194/malaria-profiles-and-challenges-in-artemisinin-resistance-containment-in-myanmar
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Thet Wai Nwe, Tin Oo, Khin Thet Wai, Shuisen Zhou, Johan van Griensven, Palanivel Chinnakali, Safieh Shah, Aung Thi
BACKGROUND: This study examined evolving malaria profiles from January, 2010 to December, 2014 to evaluate achievements and challenges of implementing measures to prevent and control spread of artemisinin resistance in Myanmar. METHODS: Using National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) data, a cross-sectional descriptive study of 52 townships in artemisinin-resistant containment areas in Myanmar was conducted. Annual program data were analysed, and trends over time are graphically presented...
April 25, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438169/ivermectin-and-malaria-control
#9
Satoshi Ōmura, Andy Crump
As the world begins to realize the very real prospect of eliminating malaria as a public health problem globally, the scientific community is acutely aware that novel and innovative new tools will be required if that lofty goal is to be accomplished. Moreover, the need for comprehensive, integrated products and interventions is being recognized in order for the critical 'final steps' toward elimination to be taken successfully. Failure to take these crucial last steps have dogged all past global disease elimination programmes, except for smallpox...
April 24, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438168/upon-entering-an-age-of-global-ivermectin-based-integrated-mass-drug-administration-for-neglected-tropical-diseases-and-malaria
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Frank O Richards
Ivermectin mass drug administration (MDA) in humans to reduce malaria vectors is yet another use for this remarkable medicine whose discoverers shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine with the discoverer of artemisinin. The malaria community should join those who have long used ivermectin MDA in an integrated battle to break transmission of three vector-borne parasitic diseases.
April 24, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438137/case-report-of-plasmodium-ovale-curtisi-malaria-in-sri-lanka-relevance-for-the-maintenance-of-elimination-status
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Sharmini Gunawardena, Rachel F Daniels, Thishan C Yahathugoda, Mirani V Weerasooriya, Katelyn Durfee, Sarah K Volkman, Dyann F Wirth, Nadira D Karunaweera
BACKGROUND: Following its recent certification as malaria-free, imported infections now pose the greatest threat for maintaining this status in Sri Lanka. Imported infections may also introduce species that are uncommon or not previously endemic to these areas. We highlight in this case report the increasing importance of less common malaria species such as Plasmodium ovale in elimination settings and discuss its relevance for the risk of malaria resurgence in the country. CASE PRESENTATION: A 41-year-old patient from southern Sri Lanka was diagnosed with malaria after 8 days of fever...
April 24, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437604/antiplasmodial-mode-of-action-of-pantothenamides-pantothenate-kinase-serves-as-a-metabolic-activator-not-as-a-target
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Marianne de Villiers, Christina Spry, Cristiano Joao Macuamule, Leanne Barnard, Gordon Wells, Kevin J Saliba, Erick Strauss
N-substituted pantothenamides (PanAms) are pantothenate analogues with up to nanomolar potency against blood-stage Plasmodium falciparum (the most virulent species responsible for malaria). Although these compounds are known to target coenzyme A (CoA) biosynthesis and/or utilization, their exact mode of action (MoA) is still unknown. Importantly, PanAms that retain the natural β-alanine moiety are more potent than other variants, consistent with the involvement of processes that are selective for pantothenate (the precursor of CoA) or its derivatives...
April 24, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437083/dual-plug-and-display-synthetic-assembly-using-orthogonal-reactive-proteins-for-twin-antigen-immunization
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Karl Brune, Can Buldun, Yuanyuan Li, Iona Taylor, Florian Brod, Sumi Biswas, Mark Howarth
Engineering modular platforms to control biomolecular architecture can advance both the understanding and manipulation of biological systems. Icosahedral particles uniformly displaying single antigens stimulate potent immune activation and have been successful in various licensed vaccines. However, it remains challenging to display multiple antigens on a single particle, to induce broader immunity protective across strains or even against distinct diseases. Here we design a dually-addressable synthetic nanoparticle, by engineering the multimerizing coiled-coil IMX313 and two orthogonally-reactive split proteins...
April 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435533/discovery-of-antimalarial-azetidine-2-carbonitriles-that-inhibit-p-falciparum-dihydroorotate-dehydrogenase
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Micah Maetani, Nobutaka Kato, Valquiria A P Jabor, Felipe A Calil, Maria Cristina Nonato, Christina A Scherer, Stuart L Schreiber
Dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) is an enzyme necessary for pyrimidine biosynthesis in protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium, the causative agents of malaria. We recently reported the identification of novel compounds derived from diversity-oriented synthesis with activity in multiple stages of the malaria parasite life cycle. Here, we report the optimization of a potent series of antimalarial inhibitors consisting of azetidine-2-carbonitriles, which we had previously shown to target P. falciparum DHODH in a biochemical assay...
April 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434852/p-%C3%A2-falciparum-malaria-prevalence-among-blood-donors-in-bamako-mali
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B Kouriba, A B Diarra, I Douyon, D T Diabaté, F Kamissoko, H Guitteye, M Baby, M A Guindo, O K Doumbo
AIM: Malaria parasite is usually transmitted to humans by Anopheles mosquitoes but it can also be transmitted through blood transfusion. Usually malaria transmission is low in African urban settings. In West Africa where the P. falciparum is the most predominant malaria species, there are limited measures to reduce the risk of blood transfusion malaria. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of P. falciparum malaria carriage among blood donors in the National Blood Center of Bamako, capital city of Mali...
April 20, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434376/pre-clinical-and-clinical-development-of-the-first-placental-malaria-vaccine
#16
Caroline Pehrson, Ali Salanti, Thor G Theander, Morten A Nielsen
Malaria during pregnancy is a massive health problem in endemic areas. Placental malaria infections caused by Plasmodium falciparum are responsible for up to one million babies being born with a low birth weight every year. Significant efforts have been invested into preventing the condition. Areas covered: Pub Med was searched using the broad terms "malaria parasite placenta" to identify studies of interactions between parasite and host, "prevention of placental malaria" to identify current strategies to prevent placental malaria, and "placental malaria vaccine" to identify pre-clinical vaccine development...
April 24, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431895/hemolymph-proteins-of-anopheles-gambiae-larvae-infected-by-escherichia-coli
#17
Xuesong He, Xiaolong Cao, Yan He, Krishna Bhattarai, Janet Rogers, Steve Hartson, Haobo Jiang
Anopheles gambiae is a major vector of human malaria and its immune system in part determines the fate of ingested parasites. Proteins, hemocytes and fat body in hemolymph are critical components of this system, mediating both humoral and cellular defenses. Here we assessed differences in the hemolymph proteomes of water- and E. coli-pricked mosquito larvae by a gel-LC-MS approach. Among the 1756 proteins identified, 603 contained a signal peptide but accounted for two-third of the total protein amount on the quantitative basis...
April 19, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431639/advances-in-molecular-diagnosis-of-malaria
#18
Zhi Zheng, Zhibin Cheng
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by five species of Plasmodium parasites. Accurate diagnosis of malaria plays an essential part in malaria control. With traditional diagnostic methodologies, malaria control programs have achieved remarkable success during the past decade, and are now heading toward malaria elimination in many areas. This new situation, however, calls for novel diagnostics with improved sensitivity, throughput, and reduced cost for active screening of malaria parasites, as all transfected individuals have to be identified in order to block transmission...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431115/spatial-distribution-of-falciparum-malaria-infections-in-zanzibar-implications-for-focal-drug-administration-strategies-targeting-asymptomatic-parasite-carriers
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Anders Björkman, Jackie Cook, Hugh Sturrock, Mwinyi Msellem, Abdullah Ali, Weiping Xu, Fabrizio Molteni, Roly Gosling, Chris Drakeley, Andreas Mårtensson
Background.: Optimal use of mass/targeted screen-and-treat or mass or focal drug administration as malaria elimination strategies remains unclear. We therefore studied spatial distribution of Plasmodium falciparum infections to compare simulated effects of these strategies on reducing the parasite reservoir in a pre-elimination setting. Methods.: P. falciparum rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and molecular (polymerase chain reaction [PCR]) and serological (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) analyses were performed on finger-prick blood samples from a population-based survey in 3 adjacent communities...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430778/a-no-film-slot-blot-for-the-detection-of-developing-p-falciparum-oocysts-in-mosquitoes
#20
Bryan Grabias, Nitin Verma, Hong Zheng, Abhai K Tripathi, Godfree Mlambo, Merribeth J Morin, Emily Locke, Sanjai Kumar
Non-microscopy-based assays for sensitive and rapid detection of Plasmodium infection in mosquitoes are needed to allow rapid and high throughput measurement of transmission intensity and malaria control program effectiveness. Here, we report on a modified enhanced chemiluminescence-based slot blot assay for detection of Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) circumsporozite protein (PfCSP) expressed on parasite oocysts developing inside the mosquito midgut. This modified assay has several novel features that include eliminating the need for exposure to autoradiography (AR) film, as well as utilizing a novel high affinity anti-CSP antibody, and optimizing assay procedures resulting in significant reduction in the time required to perform the assay...
2017: PloS One
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