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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719312/molecular-epidemiology-of-malaria-in-cameroon-and-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire-xxxi-kelch-13-propeller-sequences-in-plasmodium-falciparum-isolates-before-and-after-implementation-of-artemisinin-based-combination-therapy
#1
Joseph Allico Djaman, Dagnogo Olefongo, Aristide Berenger Ako, Jocelyne Roman, Vincent Foumane Ngane, Leonardo K Basco, Rachida Tahar
Artemisinin-resistant malaria has not been reported from Africa, but resistance can possibly spread from Asia or arise independently in Africa. The emergence of artemisinin resistance in Africa can be monitored by molecular assay of Kelch 13 (K13) propeller sequences. A total of 251 archived DNA samples of Plasmodium falciparum isolates collected in 2002, 2003, and 2006 in Yaounde, Cameroon, and 47 samples collected in 2006 and 2013 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, were analyzed for K13-propeller sequence polymorphism...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716086/dynamics-in-multiplicity-of-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-among-children-with-asymptomatic-malaria-in-central-ghana
#2
Akua Kyerewaa Botwe, Kwaku Poku Asante, George Adjei, Samuel Assafuah, David Dosoo, Seth Owusu-Agyei
BACKGROUND: The determinants of malaria parasite virulence is not entirely known, but the outcome of malaria infection (asymptomatic or symptomatic) has been associated with carriage of distinct parasite genotypes. Alleles considered important for erythrocyte invasion and selected as candidate targets for malaria vaccine development are increasingly being shown to have distinct characteristics in infection outcomes. Any unique/distinct patterns or alleles linked to infection outcome should be reproducible for a given malaria-cohort regardless of location, time or intervention...
July 17, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703132/association-of-a-functional-tnf-variant-with-plasmodium-falciparum-parasitaemia-in-a-congolese-population
#3
T N Nguyen, S Baaklini, F Koukouikila-Koussounda, M Ndounga, M Torres, L Pradel, F Ntoumi, P Rihet
Several studies have provided evidence of both helpful and harmful effects of TNF on the outcome of Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection. Several TNF polymorphisms that are located within non-coding regions have been associated with parasitaemia, mild malaria or severe malaria. We investigated the association of TNF1304 (rs3093664), TNF-308 (rs1800629), TNF-238 (rs361525) and TNF-244 (rs673) with mild malaria and symptomatic maximum parasitaemia in a population-based design (n=310). We obtained nominal evidence for an association between symptomatic maximum parasitaemia and TNF-308, TNF-238, and TNF-244 on the one hand, and between the number of mild malaria attacks and TNF-244 on the other hand...
July 13, 2017: Genes and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702028/immunization-with-the-malaria-diversity-covering-blood-stage-vaccine-candidate-plasmodium-falciparum-apical-membrane-antigen-1-dico-in-complex-with-its-natural-ligand-pfron2-does-not-improve-the-in-vitro-efficacy
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Holger Spiegel, Alexander Boes, Rolf Fendel, Andreas Reimann, Stefan Schillberg, Rainer Fischer
The blood-stage malaria vaccine candidate Plasmodium falciparum apical membrane antigen 1 (PfAMA1) can induce strong parasite growth-inhibitory antibody responses in animals but has not achieved the anticipated efficacy in clinical trials. Possible explanations in humans are the insufficient potency of the elicited antibody responses, as well as the high degree of sequence polymorphisms found in the field. Several strategies have been developed to improve the cross-strain coverage of PfAMA1-based vaccines, whereas innovative concepts to increase the potency of PfAMA1-specific IgG responses have received little attention even though this may be an essential requirement for protective efficacy...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653041/plasmodium-falciparum-genotypes-in-matched-peripheral-placental-and-umbilical-cord-blood-in-an-area-characterised-by-unstable-malaria-transmission-in-eastern-sudan
#5
Omar E Fadlelseed, Maha E Osman, Nahla M Shamseldin, Amar B Elhussein, Ishag Adam
BACKGROUND: There are few published studies on Plasmodium falciparum genotypes in peripheral, placental and umbilical cord blood in areas characterised by unstable malaria transmission. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate P. falciparum genotypes in matched peripheral, placental and umbilical cord blood in eastern Sudan. Thick blood smears and P. falciparum merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP1) and 2 (MSP2) genes as polymorphic markers in polymerase chain reactions were investigated in 3 kinds of samples of 153 pregnant women at delivery...
June 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646896/detection-of-the-plasmodium-falciparum-kelch-13-gene-p553l-mutation-in-sporozoites-isolated-from-mosquito-salivary-glands-in-south-central-vietnam
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Yoshimasa Maeno, Nguyen Tuyen Quang, Richard Culleton, Satoru Kawai, Gaku Masuda, Kaoru Hori, Shusuke Nakazawa, Ron P Marchand
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum has developed resistance against artemisinin in Southeast Asia. Mutations in the P. falciparum Kelch-13 (Pfk13) gene are associated with artemisinin resistance in vitro and in vivo. We investigated the prevalence of mutations in PfK13 from sporozoite-stage parasites isolated from the salivary glands of Anopheles dirus mosquitoes. METHODS: Mosquitoes were caught by human-landing catches at two locations within the Khanh Phu commune, South-Central Vietnam...
June 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643631/the-anopheles-gambiae-2la-chromosome-inversion-is-associated-with-susceptibility-to-plasmodium-falciparum-in-africa
#7
Michelle M Riehle, Tullu Bukhari, Awa Gneme, Wamdaogo M Guelbeogo, Boubacar Coulibaly, Abdrahamane Fofana, Adrien Pain, Emmanuel Bischoff, Francois Renaud, Abdoul H Beavogui, Sekou F Traore, N'Fale Sagnon, Kenneth D Vernick
Chromosome inversions suppress genetic recombination and establish co-adapted gene complexes, or supergenes. The 2La inversion is a widespread polymorphism in the Anopheles gambiae species complex, the major African mosquito vectors of human malaria. Here we show that alleles of the 2La inversion are associated with natural malaria infection levels in wild-captured vectors from West and East Africa. Mosquitoes carrying the more-susceptible allele (2L+(a)) are also behaviorally less likely to be found inside houses...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639487/mrp2-abcc2-c1515y-polymorphism-modulates-exposure-to-lumefantrine-during-artemether-lumefantrine-antimalarial-therapy
#8
Karin Vos, Carlotta Lo Sciuto, Rita Piedade, Michael Ashton, Anders Björkman, Billy Ngasala, Andreas Mårtensson, José Pedro Gil
AIM: To investigate the potential involvement of the hepatic ATP-binding cassette transporters MRP2 and MDR1 in the disposition of lumefantrine (LUM) among patients with uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria. MATERIALS & METHODS: The tag SNPs MDR1/ABCB1 C3435T and MRP2/ABCC2 C1515Y were determined in two artemether-LUM clinical trials, including a pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic study focused on the treatment phase (72 h), and an efficacy trial where day 7 (D7) LUM levels were measured...
July 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612053/micro-epidemiological-structuring-of-plasmodium-falciparum-parasite-populations-in-regions-with-varying-transmission-intensities-in-africa
#9
Irene Omedo, Polycarp Mogeni, Teun Bousema, Kirk Rockett, Alfred Amambua-Ngwa, Isabella Oyier, Jennifer C Stevenson, Amrish Y Baidjoe, Etienne P de Villiers, Greg Fegan, Amanda Ross, Christina Hubbart, Anne Jeffreys, Thomas N Williams, Dominic Kwiatkowski, Philip Bejon
Background: The first models of malaria transmission assumed a completely mixed and homogeneous population of parasites.  Recent models include spatial heterogeneity and variably mixed populations. However, there are few empiric estimates of parasite mixing with which to parametize such models. Methods: Here we genotype 276 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 5199 P. falciparum isolates from two Kenyan sites and one Gambian site to determine the spatio-temporal extent of parasite mixing, and use Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and linear regression to examine the relationship between genetic relatedness and relatedness in space and time for parasite pairs...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607799/major-polymorphisms-of-genes-involved-in-homocysteine-metabolism-in-malaria-patients-in-ouagadougou-burkina-faso
#10
Noé Yameogo, Bapio Valérie Elvira Jean Télesphore Bazie, Abdoul Karim Ouattara, Pouiré Yameogo, Tegwinde Rebeca Compaore, Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah, Florencia Wenkuuni Djigma, Simplice Damintoti Karou, Jacques Simpore
This study analyzed the four main polymorphisms of the genes in homocysteine metabolism in malaria patients. Forty-two randomly selected subjects, diagnosed positive for Plasmodium falciparum, were included. The four genotypes were detected by real-time PCR using the MTHFR 677C>T, MTHFR 1298A>C, MTR 2756A>G, and MTRR 66A>G detection kit (Sacace Biotechnologies REF: T01002-96-S). The results revealed frequencies of 90% 677CC, 10% 677CT, and 00% 677TT for MTHFR C677T; 78.6% 1298AA, 19% 1298AC, and 2...
2017: Malaria Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605993/in-vitro-sensitivity-to-antimalarial-drugs-and-polymorphisms-in-pfg377-gene-in-plasmodium-falciparum-field-isolates-from-mewat-india
#11
Vineeta Singh, Amit Kumar, Purva Gupta
The malaria infection is the interplay of several complex factors, among which drug resistance and gametocyte biology are the crucial ones. Measurements of the drug sensitivity assays and prevalence of gametocyte genes play a major role in malaria eradication programmes. The purpose of this study was to assess the current drug sensitivity profile in the field isolates and type the Pfg377 gene. In vitro drug sensitivity assay was used to assess the susceptibility of Plasmodium falciparum field isolates collected from Mewat (Haryana), located in Northern region of India to four anti-malarial drugs...
June 12, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605544/functional-analysis-reveals-geographical-variation-in-inhibitory-immune-responses-against-a-polymorphic-malaria-antigen
#12
Amy K Bei, Ambroise D Ahouidi, Jeffrey D Dvorin, Kazutoyo Miura, Ababacar Diouf, Daouda Ndiaye, Zul Premji, Mahamadou Diakite, Souleymane Mboup, Carole A Long, Manoj T Duraisingh
Background: PfRh2b is a P. falciparum invasion ligand that is a potential blood stage vaccine candidate antigen; however, a naturally occurring deletion within an immunogenic domain is present at high frequencies in Africa and has been associated with alternative invasion pathway usage. Standardized tools that provide antigenic specificity in in vitro assays are needed to functionally assess the neutralizing potential of humoral responses against malaria vaccine candidate antigens. Methods: Transgenic parasite lines were generated to express the PfRh2b deletion...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594879/molecular-surveillance-of-plasmodium-falciparum-resistance-to-artemisinin-based-combination-therapies-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Dieudonné Makaba Mvumbi, Thierry Lengu Bobanga, Jean-Marie Ntumba Kayembe, Georges Lelo Mvumbi, Hippolyte Nani-Tuma Situakibanza, Françoise Benoit-Vical, Pierrette Melin, Patrick De Mol, Marie-Pierre Hayette
Malaria is a major public health problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite progress achieved over the past decade in the fight against malaria, further efforts have to be done such as in the surveillance and the containment of Plasmodium falciparum resistant strains. We investigated resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapies currently in use in Democratic Republic of Congo by surveying molecular polymorphisms in three genes: pfcrt, pfmdr1 and pfk13 to explore possible emergence of amodiaquine, lumefantrine or artemisinin resistance in Democratic Republic of Congo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562749/a-meta-analysis-of-tlr4-and-tlr9-snps-implicated-in-severe-malaria
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REVIEW
Gunanidhi Dhangadamajhi, Avishek Kar, Ronnaly Rout, Prabin Dhangadamajhi
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are critical mediators of the inflammatory response to malarial infection, and gene polymorphisms affecting TLR function may be partially responsible for inter-individual variation in disease manifestation. However, there are inconsistencies in the associations of common genetic variants of TLR4 (D299G) and TLR9 (T-1237C and T-1486C) with malaria outcome. A comprehensive search was conducted to identify relevant and independent Plasmodium falciparum-infected case-control studies, and meta-analysis including six studies for each SNP was performed to obtain more precise estimates of the pooled effects of these variants...
March 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546554/high-throughput-resistance-profiling-of-plasmodium-falciparum-infections-based-on-custom-dual-indexing-and-illumina-next-generation-sequencing-technology
#15
Sidsel Nag, Marlene D Dalgaard, Poul-Erik Kofoed, Johan Ursing, Marina Crespo, Lee O'Brien Andersen, Frank Møller Aarestrup, Ole Lund, Michael Alifrangis
Genetic polymorphisms in P. falciparum can be used to indicate the parasite's susceptibility to antimalarial drugs as well as its geographical origin. Both of these factors are key to monitoring development and spread of antimalarial drug resistance. In this study, we combine multiplex PCR, custom designed dual indexing and Miseq sequencing for high throughput SNP-profiling of 457 malaria infections from Guinea-Bissau, at the cost of 10 USD per sample. By amplifying and sequencing 15 genetic fragments, we cover 20 resistance-conferring SNPs occurring in pfcrt, pfmdr1, pfdhfr, pfdhps, as well as the entire length of pfK13, and the mitochondrial barcode for parasite origin...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542247/genetic-polymorphism-of-merozoite-surface-protein-2-msp-2-in-plasmodium-falciparum-isolates-from-pawe-district-north-west-ethiopia
#16
Hussein Mohammed, Moges Kassa, Ashenafi Assefa, Mekonnen Tadesse, Amha Kebede
BACKGROUND: In malaria endemic regions, Plasmodium falciparum infection is characterized by extensive genetic diversity. Describing this diversity provides important information about the local malaria situation. This study was conducted to evaluate the extent of genetic diversity of P. falciparum in Pawe district, North West Ethiopia, using the highly polymorphic merozoite surface protein 2 gene. METHODS: Atotal of 92 isolates from patients with uncomplicated P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542123/malaria-surveillance-united-states-2014
#17
Kimberly E Mace, Paul M Arguin
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Malaria in humans is caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa of the genus Plasmodium. These parasites are transmitted by the bite of an infective female Anopheles mosquito. The majority of malaria infections in the United States occur among persons who have traveled to regions with ongoing malaria transmission. However, malaria is occasionally acquired by persons who have not traveled out of the country through exposure to infected blood products, congenital transmission, laboratory exposure, or local mosquitoborne transmission...
May 26, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533315/malaria-pathogenesis
#18
Danny A Milner
In the mosquito-human life cycle, the six species of malaria parasites infecting humans (Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale wallickeri, Plasmodium ovale curtisi, Plasmodium malariae, and Plasmodium knowlesi) undergo 10 or more morphological states, replicate from single to 10,000+ cells, and vary in total population from one to many more than 10(6) organisms. In the human host, only a small number of these morphological stages lead to clinical disease and the vast majority of all malaria-infected patients in the world produce few (if any) symptoms in the human...
May 22, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533179/polymorphisms-in-pfdhfr-and-pfdhps-genes-after-five-years-of-artemisinin-combination-therapy-act-implementation-from-urban-kolkata-india
#19
Moytrey Chatterjee, Swagata Ganguly, Pabitra Saha, Subhasish K Guha, Ardhendu Kumar Maji
BACKGROUND: In India, sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) is now in use as a partner drug of ACT (AS+SP) to treat uncomplicated falciparum malaria since 2010. Declined trend of AS+SP efficacy has been reported from north-eastern states of the country. It is not possible to determine the efficacy of SP alone from any study with ACT. So, this work was designed to study the pattern of polymorphisms in pfdhfr and pfdhps genes to predict the SP resistance status among parasite population of urban Kolkata after five years of ACT implementation...
May 19, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493919/genomic-variation-in-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-reveals-regions-under-selective-pressure
#20
Ernest Diez Benavente, Zoe Ward, Wilson Chan, Fady R Mohareb, Colin J Sutherland, Cally Roper, Susana Campino, Taane G Clark
BACKGROUND: Although Plasmodium vivax contributes to almost half of all malaria cases outside Africa, it has been relatively neglected compared to the more deadly P. falciparum. It is known that P. vivax populations possess high genetic diversity, differing geographically potentially due to different vector species, host genetics and environmental factors. RESULTS: We analysed the high-quality genomic data for 46 P. vivax isolates spanning 10 countries across 4 continents...
2017: PloS One
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