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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141757/protein-specific-features-associated-with-variability-in-human-antibody-responses-to-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-antigens
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Eugene W Liu, Jeff Skinner, Tuan M Tran, Krishan Kumar, David L Narum, Aarti Jain, Aissata Ongoiba, Boubacar Traore, Philip L Felgner, Peter D Crompton
The magnitude of antibody responses varies across the individual proteins that constitute any given microorganism, both in the context of natural infection and vaccination with attenuated or inactivated pathogens. The protein-specific factors underlying this variability are poorly understood. In 267 individuals exposed to intense seasonal malaria, we examined the relationship between immunoglobulin G (IgG) responses to 861 Plasmodium falciparum proteins and specific features of these proteins, including their subcellular location, relative abundance, degree of polymorphism, and whether they are predicted to have human orthologs...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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
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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/29132317/development-of-amplicon-deep-sequencing-markers-and-data-analysis-pipeline-for-genotyping-multi-clonal-malaria-infections
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Anita Lerch, Cristian Koepfli, Natalie E Hofmann, Camilla Messerli, Stephen Wilcox, Johanna H Kattenberg, Inoni Betuela, Liam O'Connor, Ivo Mueller, Ingrid Felger
BACKGROUND: Amplicon deep sequencing permits sensitive detection of minority clones and improves discriminatory power for genotyping multi-clone Plasmodium falciparum infections. New amplicon sequencing and data analysis protocols are needed for genotyping in epidemiological studies and drug efficacy trials of P. falciparum. METHODS: Targeted sequencing of molecular marker csp and novel marker cpmp was conducted in duplicate on mixtures of parasite culture strains and 37 field samples...
November 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131459/differential-contribution-of-interleukin-10-promoter-variants-in-malaria-and-schistosomiasis-mono-and-co-infections-among-nigerian-children
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Ayodele Adedoja, Nghiem Xuan Hoan, Hoang van Tong, Selorme Adukpo, Deborah B Tijani, Ajibola A Akanbi, Christian G Meyer, Olusola Ojurongbe, Thirumalaisamy P Velavan
OBJECTIVE: Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is an anti-inflammatory cytokine produced by Th1 cells and macrophages. The rationale of this study was to examine and validate possible contributions of IL-10 promoter polymorphisms in sub-Saharan Africa in children infected with either Plasmodium falciparum or Schistosoma haematobium and in children co-infected with both parasites. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 309 Nigerian children aged 4 to 15 years were recruited. The study group consisted of individuals infected either with P...
November 13, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127525/cellular-mechanisms-of-action-and-resistance-of-plasmodium-falciparum-to-artemisinin
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Papichaya Phompradit, Wanna Chaijaroenkul, Kesara Na-Bangchang
The recent reports of high failure rates and decline in in vitro sensitivity of Plasmodium falciparum to artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) suggest the possibility of clinical artemisinin resistance along the Thai-Cambodian and Thai-Myanmar borders. The study investigated cellular mechanisms of action and resistance of P. falciparum to artesunate (stage specific activity, interaction with hemozoin, and anti-oxidant levels) in the two paired P. falciparum isolates (MSF046 and MSF060) collected before treatment with a 3-day artesunate-mefloquine and at the time of recrudescence...
November 10, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077712/quantifying-connectivity-between-local-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-parasite-populations-using-identity-by-descent
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Aimee R Taylor, Stephen F Schaffner, Gustavo C Cerqueira, Standwell C Nkhoma, Timothy J C Anderson, Kanlaya Sriprawat, Aung Pyae Phyo, François Nosten, Daniel E Neafsey, Caroline O Buckee
With the rapidly increasing abundance and accessibility of genomic data, there is a growing interest in using population genetic approaches to characterize fine-scale dispersal of organisms, providing insight into biological processes across a broad range of fields including ecology, evolution and epidemiology. For sexually recombining haploid organisms such as the human malaria parasite P. falciparum, however, there have been no systematic assessments of the type of data and methods required to resolve fine scale connectivity...
October 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065113/identification-of-immune-signatures-predictive-of-clinical-protection-from-malaria
#7
John Joseph Valletta, Mario Recker
Antibodies are thought to play an essential role in naturally acquired immunity to malaria. Prospective cohort studies have frequently shown how continuous exposure to the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum cause an accumulation of specific responses against various antigens that correlate with a decreased risk of clinical malaria episodes. However, small effect sizes and the often polymorphic nature of immunogenic parasite proteins make the robust identification of the true targets of protective immunity ambiguous...
October 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063888/epidemiology-of-malaria-and-msp-2-gene-based-genetic-diversity-of-plasmodium-falciparum-from-patients-attending-community-health-centre-jiribam-manipur
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Indu Sharma, Appu Saikia, Paromita Chakraborty
Two millilitres of peripheral blood was collected from 323 patients of different age groups and rapid diagnosis (RDT test) was performed. Parasite genomic DNA was extracted from whole blood and MSP-2 gene-based diversity and polymorphism was determined followed by restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis using Taq 1 and Vsp 1 digestion of each polymerase chain reaction product to analyse MSP-2 genotypes. Twenty-six sequences of P. falciparum MSP-2 gene were retrieved from the current GenBank database to represent strains from various geographical locations and were analysed for the Taq 1 and Vsp 1 enzyme restriction sites using in silico restriction digestion in Sequence Manipulation Suite, Version 2...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042203/association-of-antibodies-to-plasmodium-falciparum-merozoite-surface-protein-4-with-protection-against-clinical-malaria
#9
Ronald Perraut, Marie-Louise Varela, Charlotte Joos, Babacar Diouf, Cheikh Sokhna, Babacar Mbengue, Adama Tall, Cheikh Loucoubar, Aissatou Touré, Odile Mercereau-Puijalon
Identification of parasite antigens targeted by immune effector mechanisms that confer protection against malaria is important for the design of a multi-component malaria vaccine. Here, the association of antibodies reacting with the Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein-4 (MSP4) with protection against clinical malaria was investigated in a Senegalese community living in an area of moderate, seasonal malaria transmission. Blood samples were collected at the end of an 8-month long dry season without any recorded parasite transmission from 206 residents enrolled in a prospective follow-up study...
October 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033373/evaluating-the-causal-link-between-malaria-infection-and-endemic-burkitt-lymphoma-in-northern-uganda-a-mendelian-randomization-study
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Ismail D Legason, Ruth M Pfeiffer, Krizia-Ivana Udquim, Andrew W Bergen, Mateus H Gouveia, Samuel Kirimunda, Isaac Otim, Eric Karlins, Patrick Kerchan, Hadijah Nabalende, Ariunaa Bayanjargal, Benjamin Emmanuel, Paul Kagwa, Ambrose O Talisuna, Kishor Bhatia, Meredith Yeager, Robert J Biggar, Leona W Ayers, Steven J Reynolds, James J Goedert, Martin D Ogwang, Joseph F Fraumeni, Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Sam M Mbulaiteye
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) malaria infection is suspected to cause endemic Burkitt Lymphoma (eBL), but the evidence remains unsettled. An inverse relationship between sickle cell trait (SCT) and eBL, which supports that between malaria and eBL, has been reported before, but in small studies with low power. We investigated this hypothesis in children in a population-based study in northern Uganda using Mendelian Randomization. METHODS: Malaria-related polymorphisms (SCT, IL10, IL1A, CD36, SEMA3C, and IFNAR1) were genotyped in 202 eBL cases and 624 controls enrolled during 2010-2015...
October 3, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016309/comparative-prevalence-of-plasmodium-falciparum-resistance-associated-genetic-polymorphisms-in-parasites-infecting-humans-and-mosquitoes-in-uganda
#11
Melissa D Conrad, Daniel Mota, Alex Musiime, Maxwell Kilama, John Rek, Moses Kamya, Grant Dorsey, Philip J Rosenthal
Controlling malaria in high transmission areas, such as much of sub-Saharan Africa, will require concerted efforts to slow the spread of drug resistance and to impede malaria transmission. Understanding the fitness costs associated with the development of drug resistance, particularly within the context of transmission, can help guide policy decisions to accomplish these goals, as fitness constraints might lead to decreased transmission of drug-resistant strains. To determine if Plasmodium falciparum resistance-mediating polymorphisms impact on development at different parasite stages, we compared the genotypes of parasites infecting humans and mosquitoes from households in Uganda...
September 25, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991911/associations-between-an-igg3-polymorphism-in-the-binding-domain-for-fcrn-transplacental-transfer-of-malaria-specific-igg3-and-protection-against-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-during-infancy-a-birth-cohort-study-in-benin
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Celia Dechavanne, Sebastien Dechavanne, Ibrahim Sadissou, Adjimon Gatien Lokossou, Fernanda Alvarado, Magalie Dambrun, Kabirou Moutairou, David Courtin, Gregory Nuel, Andre Garcia, Florence Migot-Nabias, Christopher L King
BACKGROUND: Transplacental transfer of maternal immunoglobulin G (IgG) to the fetus helps to protect against malaria and other infections in infancy. Recent studies have emphasized the important role of malaria-specific IgG3 in malaria immunity, and its transfer may reduce the risk of malaria in infancy. Human IgGs are actively transferred across the placenta by binding the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) expressed within the endosomes of the syncytiotrophoblastic membrane. Histidine at position 435 (H435) provides for optimal Fc-IgG binding...
October 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970738/genetic-diversity-of-cd14-promoter-gene-polymorphism-rs2569190-is-associated-with-regulation-of-malaria-parasitemia-and-susceptibility-to-plasmodium-falciparum-infection
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Olusola Ojurongbe, Roland I Funwei, Tara J Snyder, Najihah Aziz, Yi Li, Catherine O Falade, Bolaji N Thomas
CD14 is a multifunctional receptor expressed on many cell types and has been shown to mediate immune response resulting in the activation of an inflammatory cascade, with polymorphism of its promoter (rs2569190) found to be associated with susceptibility to several diseases. In malaria infection, the CD14 gene demonstrated a pathogenic profile in regulating experimental cerebral malaria, with reports of elevated levels of soluble CD14 in serum of patients but no definitive conclusion. We present a detailed analysis of genetic diversity of CD14 promoter gene (snp -159 C/T; rs2519190) polymorphism between a malaria-infected group and uninfected controls and its association with clinical parameters of disease...
2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968782/impact-of-intermittent-preventive-treatment-during-pregnancy-on-plasmodium-falciparum-drug-resistance-mediating-polymorphisms-in-uganda
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Melissa D Conrad, Daniel Mota, Marissa Foster, Stephen Tukwasibwe, Jennifer Legac, Patrick Tumwebaze, Meghan Whalen, Abel Kakuru, Patience Nayebare, Erika Wallender, Diane V Havlir, Prasanna Jagannathan, Liusheng Huang, Francesca Aweeka, Moses R Kamya, Grant Dorsey, Philip J Rosenthal
Background: In a recent trial of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) in Uganda, dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) was superior to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) in preventing maternal and placental malaria. Methods: We compared genotypes using sequencing, fluorescent microsphere, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction assays at loci associated with drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum isolated from subjects receiving DP or SP. Results: Considering aminoquinoline resistance, DP was associated with increased prevalences of mutations at pfmdr1 N86Y, pfmdr1 Y184F, and pfcrt K76T compared to SP (64...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963676/genetic-variants-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-308g-a-rs1800629-but-not-toll-interacting-proteins-or-vitamin-d-receptor-genes-enhances-susceptibility-and-severity-of-malaria-infection
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Olusola Ojurongbe, Roland I Funwei, Tara J Snyder, Iman Farid, Najihah Aziz, Yi Li, Catherine O Falade, Bolaji N Thomas
Susceptibility to malaria infection has been associated with host genetic polymorphisms that differs between groups. We hypothesize that Toll-interacting proteins (TOLLIP), vitamin D receptor (VDR) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF) genes are significant contributors to susceptibility and disease severity in Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) infection. Our aim is to explore the genomic diversity and haplotype frequency of these genes, as well as extrapolate possible association with markers of severity, between malaria-infected and healthy controls...
September 30, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950417/the-hla-b-landscape-of-africa-signatures-of-pathogen-driven-selection-and-molecular-identification-of-candidate-alleles-to-malaria-protection
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Alicia Sanchez-Mazas, Viktor Černý, Da Di, Stéphane Buhler, Eliška Podgorná, Elodie Chevallier, Lydie Brunet, Stephan Weber, Barbara Kervaire, Manuela Testi, Marco Andreani, Jean-Marie Tiercy, Jean Villard, José Manuel Nunes
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes play a key role in the immune response to infectious diseases, some of which are highly prevalent in specific environments, like malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Former case-control studies showed that one particular HLA-B allele, B*53, was associated to malaria protection in Gambia, but this hypothesis was not tested so far within a population genetics framework. In this study, our objective was to assess whether pathogen-driven selection associated to malaria contributed to shape the HLA-B genetic landscape of Africa...
September 26, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947476/k13-propeller-alleles-mdr1-polymorphism-and-drug-effectiveness-at-day-3-after-artemether-lumefantrine-treatment-for-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-colombia-2014-2015
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Madeline Montenegro, Aaron T Neal, Maritza Posada, Briegel De Las Salas, Tatiana M Lopera-Mesa, Rick M Fairhurst, Alberto Tobon-Castaño
High treatment failure rates for Plasmodium falciparum malaria have been reported in Colombia for chloroquine, amodiaquine, and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine. Artemisinin combination therapies were introduced in 2006 in Colombia, where artemether-lumefantrine (AL) is currently used to treat uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria. Artemisinin (ART) resistance was initially observed in Southeast Asia as a delayed parasite clearance time, manifesting as a positive thick-blood smear on Day 3 after treatment (D3 positivity)...
September 25, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945794/variations-in-the-quality-of-malaria-specific-antibodies-with-transmission-intensity-in-a-seasonal-malaria-transmission-area-of-northern-ghana
#18
Kwadwo A Kusi, Emmanuel A Manu, Theresa Manful Gwira, Eric Kyei-Baafour, Emmanuel K Dickson, Jones A Amponsah, Edmond J Remarque, Bart W Faber, Clemens H M Kocken, Daniel Dodoo, Ben A Gyan, Gordon A Awandare, Frank Atuguba, Abraham R Oduro, Kwadwo A Koram
INTRODUCTION: Plasmodium falciparum induced antibodies are key components of anti-malarial immunity in malaria endemic areas, but their antigen targets can be polymorphic. Induction of a high proportion of strain-specific antibodies will limit the recognition of a broad diversity of parasite strains by these responses. There are indications that circulating parasite diversity varies with malaria transmission intensity, and this may affect the specificity of elicited anti-malarial antibodies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944299/geographic-genetic-analysis-of-plasmodium-falciparum-parasite-populations-from-surveys-of-primary-school-children-in-western-kenya
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Irene Omedo, Polycarp Mogeni, Kirk Rockett, Alice Kamau, Christina Hubbart, Anna Jeffreys, Lynette Isabella Ochola-Oyier, Etienne P de Villiers, Caroline W Gitonga, Abdisalan M Noor, Robert W Snow, Dominic Kwiatkowski, Philip Bejon
Background. Malaria control, and finally malaria elimination, requires the identification and targeting of residual foci or hotspots of transmission. However, the level of parasite mixing within and between geographical locations is likely to impact the effectiveness and durability of control interventions and thus should be taken into consideration when developing control programs. Methods. In order to determine the geographic-genetic patterns of Plasmodium falciparum parasite populations at a sub-national level in Kenya, we used the Sequenom platform to genotype 111 genome-wide distributed single nucleotide polymorphic (SNP) positions in 2486 isolates collected from children in 95 primary schools in western Kenya...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931241/association-of-a-novel-mutation-in-the-plasmodium-falciparum-chloroquine-resistance-transporter-with-decreased-piperaquine-sensitivity
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Sonia Agrawal, Kara A Moser, Lindsay Morton, Michael P Cummings, Ankita Parihar, Ankit Dwivedi, Amol C Shetty, Elliott F Drabek, Christopher G Jacob, Philipp P Henrich, Christian M Parobek, Krisada Jongsakul, Rekol Huy, Michele D Spring, Charlotte A Lanteri, Suwanna Chaorattanakawee, Chanthap Lon, Mark M Fukuda, David L Saunders, David A Fidock, Jessica T Lin, Jonathan J Juliano, Christopher V Plowe, Joana C Silva, Shannon Takala-Harrison
Background: Amplified copy number in the plasmepsin II/III genes within Plasmodium falciparum has been associated with decreased sensitivity to piperaquine. To examine this association and test whether additional loci might also contribute, we performed a genome-wide association study of ex vivo P. falciparum susceptibility to piperaquine. Methods: Plasmodium falciparum DNA from 183 samples collected primarily from Cambodia was genotyped at 33716 genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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