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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930498/molecular-and-morphological-characterization-of-a-brazilian-lineage-of-plasmodium-novyella-unalis-in-turdus-spp-passeriformes-of-the-atlantic-forest-with-remarks-on-new-hosts-and-high-genetic-variation
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Raquel Tostes, Roberto Júnio Pedroso Dias, Luísa de Oliveira, Marcus Vinicius Xavier Senra, Carlos Luiz Massard, Marta D'Agosto
Plasmodium spp. are haemosporidian protozoans that alternate their live cycles between bloodsucking Culicidae dipterans and vertebrate hosts (mammals, reptiles and birds). In birds, these parasites are the causative agents of the so called avian malaria, a disease associated with considerable declines and extinctions in the avifauna in different geographical regions. In this work, we applied a multidisciplinary approach, light microscopy and cytochrome oxidase b (cyt b) gene sequence analysis for characterization of Plasmodium found in association with wild birds of the genus Turdus, collected in Atlantic forest fragments of southeastern Brazil...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923866/changing-antimalarial-drug-sensitivities-in-uganda
#2
Stephanie A Rasmussen, Frida G Ceja, Melissa D Conrad, Patrick K Tumwebaze, Oswald Byaruhanga, Thomas Katairo, Samuel L Nsobya, Philip J Rosenthal, Roland A Cooper
Dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) has demonstrated excellent efficacy for the treatment and prevention of malaria in Uganda. However, resistance to both components of this regimen has emerged in Southeast Asia. The efficacy of artemether-lumefantrine, the first-line regimen to treat malaria in Uganda, has also been excellent, but continued pressure may select for parasites with decreased sensitivity to lumefantrine. To gain insight into current drug sensitivity patterns, ex vivo sensitivities were assessed and genotypes previously associated with altered drug sensitivity were characterized for 58 isolates collected in Tororo, Uganda from subjects presenting in 2016 with malaria from the community or as part of a clinical trial comparing DP chemoprevention regimens...
September 18, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893687/genetic-analysis-of-id1-dbl2x-predicts-its-validity-as-a-vaccine-candidate-in-colombia-and-supports-at-least-two-independently-introduced-plasmodium-falciparum-populations-in-the-region
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J Rajwani, C M Klinger, E Arango, M I Arroyo, A Sabbagh, A Maestre, J B Dacks, S Gnidehou, S K Yanow
Pregnancy-associated malaria (PAM) poses a threat to both the mother and fetus, increasing the risk of severe maternal anemia, fetal growth restriction and low birth weight infants. Two vaccines are currently in development to protect women from Plasmodium falciparum in pregnancy. Both vaccine constructs target the ID1-DBL2Xb domain of VAR2CSA, a protein expressed on the surface of infected erythrocytes (IEs) that mediates parasite sequestration in the placenta. Although development of an effective vaccine may be hampered by ID1-DBL2Xb polymorphisms expressed by field isolates, a recent study showed that genetic variation of this domain in South American parasite populations is much lower than in other geographical locations...
September 8, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845773/colony-characteristics-nucleoside-analog-profiles-and-genetic-variations-of-medicinal-fungus-polycephalomyces-nipponicus-ascomycetes-isolates-from-northeast-thailand
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Aphidech Sangdee, Kusavadee Sangdee, Prapairat Seephonkai, Piyanoot Jaihan, Tewika Kanyaphum
The entomopathogenic fungus Polycephalomyces nipponicus is known to have activity against human pathogenic bacteria and the malaria pathogen; however, information about its genetic variation is limited. In this study, cicada nymphs infected with entomopathogenic fungi were collected from various locations in the northeast of Thailand. Internal transcribed spacer sequencing was used to identify the fungal pathogen P. nipponicus. A total of 36 isolates of P. nipponicus from 6 provinces were investigated for variations in fungal morphology, nucleoside analog content, and genetics...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835262/natural-antibody-responses-to-plasmodium-falciparum-msp3-and-glurp-r0-antigens-are-associated-with-low-parasite-densities-in-malaria-patients-living-in-the-central-region-of-ghana
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L E Amoah, S V Nuvor, E K Obboh, F K Acquah, K Asare, S K Singh, J N Boampong, M Theisen, K C Williamson
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum genetic diversity and multiplicity of infection (MOI) are parasite features that have been suggested to influence the acquisition of protective immunity against malaria. This study sought to assess the relationship between MOI and parasite density (PD) in malaria patients living in the Central Region of Ghana and to determine whether naturally occurring antibody levels against P. falciparum GLURP (PF3D7_1035300) and MSP3 (PF3D7_1035400) antigens are associated with decreased parasite load...
August 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833796/chromosome-arm-specific-patterns-of-polymorphism-associated-with-chromosomal-inversions-in-the-major-african-malaria-vector-anopheles-funestus
#6
Colince Kamdem, Caroline Fouet, Bradley J White
Chromosomal inversions facilitate local adaptation of beneficial mutations and modulate genetic polymorphism, but the extent of their effects within the genome is still insufficiently understood. The genome of Anopheles funestus, a malaria mosquito endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, contains an impressive number of paracentric polymorphic inversions, which are unevenly distributed among chromosomes and provide an excellent framework for investigating the genomic impacts of chromosomal rearrangements. Here we present results of a fine-scale analysis of genetic variation within the genome of two weakly differentiated populations of Anopheles funestus inhabiting contrasting moisture conditions in Cameroon...
August 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832963/the-role-of-the-red-blood-cell-in-host-defence-against-falciparum-malaria-an-expanding-repertoire-of-evolutionary-alterations
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Morgan M Goheen, Susana Campino, Carla Cerami
The malaria parasite has co-evolved with its human host as each organism struggles for resources and survival. The scars of this war are carried in the human genome in the form of polymorphisms that confer innate resistance to malaria. Clinical, epidemiological and genome-wide association studies have identified multiple polymorphisms in red blood cell (RBC) proteins that attenuate malaria pathogenesis. These include well-known polymorphisms in haemoglobin, intracellular enzymes, RBC channels, RBC surface markers, and proteins impacting the RBC cytoskeleton and RBC morphology...
August 23, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826608/high-throughput-multiplex-genotyping-directly-from-blood-or-dried-blood-spot-without-dna-extraction-for-the-screening-of-multiple-g6pd-gene-variants-at-risk-for-drug-induced-hemolysis
#8
Xiaoyi Tian, Jun Zhou, Ye Zhao, Zhibin Cheng, Wenqi Song, Yu Sun, Xiaodong Sun, Zhi Zheng
Clinical or epidemiologic screening of single-nucleotide polymorphism markers requires large-scale multiplexed genotyping. Available genotyping tools require DNA extraction and multiplex PCR, which may limit throughput and suffer amplification bias. Herein, a novel genotyping approach has been developed, multiplex extension and ligation-based probe amplification (MELPA), which eliminates DNA extraction and achieves uniform PCR amplification. MELPA lyses blood or dried blood spot and directly captures specific target DNA to 96-well plates using tailed probes...
September 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822205/comparison-of-effectiveness-of-two-different-artemisinin-based-combination-therapies-in-an-area-with-high-seasonal-transmission-of-malaria-in-burkina-faso
#9
Paul Sondo, Karim Derra, Seydou Diallo Nakanabo, Zekiba Tarnagda, Adama Kazienga, Innocent Valea, Herman Sorgho, Jean-Bosco Ouédraogo, Tinga Robert Guiguemdé, Halidou Tinto
In Sahelian countries such as Burkina Faso, malaria transmission is seasonal with a high incidence of transmission during the rainy season. This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of the two recommended treatments (Artemether-Lumefantrine and Artesunate-Amodiaquine) for uncomplicated malaria in Burkina Faso regarding this seasonal variation of malaria transmission. This is part of a randomized open label trial comparing the effectiveness and safety of Artemether-Lumefantrine versus Artesunate-Amodiaquine according to routine practice in Nanoro...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818101/a-new-method-for-sequencing-the-hypervariable-plasmodium-falciparum-gene-var2csa-from-clinical-samples
#10
Antoine Dara, Mark A Travassos, Matthew Adams, Sarah Schaffer DeRoo, Elliott F Drábek, Sonia Agrawal, Miriam K Laufer, Christopher V Plowe, Joana C Silva
BACKGROUND: VAR2CSA, a member of the Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) family, mediates the binding of P. falciparum-infected erythrocytes to chondroitin sulfate A, a surface-associated molecule expressed in placental cells, and plays a central role in the pathogenesis of placental malaria. VAR2CSA is a target of naturally acquired immunity and, as such, is a leading vaccine candidate against placental malaria. This protein is very polymorphic and technically challenging to sequence...
August 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797235/polymorphisms-of-plasmodium-falciparum-k13-propeller-gene-among-migrant-workers-returning-to-henan-province-china-from-africa
#11
Chengyun Yang, Hongwei Zhang, Ruimin Zhou, Dan Qian, Ying Liu, Yuling Zhao, Suhua Li, Bianli Xu
BACKGROUND: Henan Province has been in the malaria elimination stage, with all reports of the disease being imported since 2012 and over 90% coming from Africa. Surveillance and population studies are essential for the early detection and subsequent prevention of the spread of drug resistance. The K13-propeller gene was recently identified as a proposed molecular marker of artemisinin (ART) resistance. In this study, we detected mutations of the K13-propeller gene in samples taken from imported malaria cases in Henan Province from 2012 to 2015...
August 10, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793894/prevalence-of-polymorphisms-in-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-sickle-haemoglobin-and-nitric-oxide-synthase-genes-and-their-relationship-with-incidence-of-uncomplicated-malaria-in-iganga-uganda
#12
Catherine Nassozi Lwanira, Fred Kironde, Mark Kaddumukasa, Göte Swedberg
BACKGROUND: Host genetics play an important role in Plasmodium falciparum malaria susceptibility. However, information on host genetic factors and their relationships with malaria in the vaccine trial site of Iganga, Uganda is limited. The main objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of selected host genetic markers and their relationship to malaria incidence in the vaccine trial site of Iganga, Uganda. In a 1-year longitudinal cohort study, 423 children aged below 9 years were recruited and their malaria episodes were investigated...
August 9, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793859/investigating-knockdown-resistance-kdr-mechanism-against-pyrethroids-ddt-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-funestus-across-africa
#13
Helen Irving, Charles S Wondji
BACKGROUND: Understanding the molecular basis of insecticide resistance is key to improve the surveillance and monitoring of malaria vector populations under control. In the major malaria vector Anopheles funestus, little is currently known about the role of the knockdown resistance (kdr) mechanism. Here, we investigated the presence and contribution of knockdown resistance (kdr) to pyrethroids/DDT resistance observed in Anopheles funestus across Africa. RESULTS: Pyrosequencing genotyping and sequencing of the voltage gated sodium channel (VGSC) gene did not detect the common L1014F mutation in field collected An...
August 9, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777043/diagnostic-potential-of-monoclonal-antibodies-developed-against-c-terminal-polypeptide-of-p-falciparum-histidine-rich-protein2-pfhrp2-in-malaria-infected-patients-from-india
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Reena Verma, Sara Chandy, N S Jayaprakash, Anand Manoharan, M A Vijayalakshmi, Krishnan Venkataraman
Malaria, caused by Plasmodium falciparum has become a major health burden in most tropical and developing countries. P. falciparum Histidine Rich Protein2 (PfHRP2), which exhibits polymorphism, is being widely used as a diagnostic marker. Recently, we reported the development of monoclonal antibodies against conserved C-terminal 105 amino acids of PfHRP2 for malaria diagnosis. Now, in this study, the diagnostic performance of two anti-C-terminal PfHRP2 mAbs (b10c1 and Aa3c10) were evaluated with 100 blood samples from clinically identified malaria patients from seven different geographical centers in India...
August 4, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768767/iron-is-a-substrate-of-the-plasmodium-falciparum-chloroquine-resistance-transporter-pfcrt-in-xenopus-oocytes
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Naziha Bakouh, Sebastiano Bellanca, Britta Nyboer, Sonia Moliner Cubel, Zoubida Karim, Cecilia P Sanchez, Wilfred D Stein, Gabrielle Planelles, Michael Lanzer
The chloroquine resistance transporter of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, PfCRT, is an important determinant of resistance to several quinoline and quinoline-like antimalarial drugs. PfCRT also plays an essential role in the physiology of the parasite during development inside erythrocytes. However, the function of this transporter besides its role in drug resistance is still unclear. Using electrophysiological and flux experiments conducted on PfCRTexpressing Xenopus laevis oocytes, we show here that both wild type PfCRT and a PfCRT variant associated with chloroquine resistance transport both ferrous and ferric iron, albeit with different kinetics...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759591/genome-wide-diversity-and-differentiation-in-new-world-populations-of-the-human-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-vivax
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Thais C de Oliveira, Priscila T Rodrigues, Maria José Menezes, Raquel M Gonçalves-Lopes, Melissa S Bastos, Nathália F Lima, Susana Barbosa, Alexandra L Gerber, Guilherme Loss de Morais, Luisa Berná, Jody Phelan, Carlos Robello, Ana Tereza R de Vasconcelos, João Marcelo P Alves, Marcelo U Ferreira
BACKGROUND: The Americas were the last continent colonized by humans carrying malaria parasites. Plasmodium falciparum from the New World shows very little genetic diversity and greater linkage disequilibrium, compared with its African counterparts, and is clearly subdivided into local, highly divergent populations. However, limited available data have revealed extensive genetic diversity in American populations of another major human malaria parasite, P. vivax. METHODS: We used an improved sample preparation strategy and next-generation sequencing to characterize 9 high-quality P...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747482/pale-and-dark-morphs-of-tawny-owls-show-different-patterns-of-telomere-dynamics-in-relation-to-disease-status
#17
Patrik Karell, Staffan Bensch, Kari Ahola, Muhammad Asghar
Parasites are expected to exert long-term costs on host fecundity and longevity. Understanding the consequences of heritable polymorphic variation in disease defence in wild populations is essential in order to predict evolutionary responses to changes in disease risk. Telomeres have been found to shorten faster in malaria-diseased individuals compared with healthy ones with negative effects on longevity and thereby fitness. Here, we study the impact of haemosporidian blood parasites on telomere dynamics in tawny owls, which display a highly heritable plumage colour polymorphism...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747223/return-of-chloroquine-sensitivity-to-africa-surveillance-of-african-plasmodium-falciparum-chloroquine-resistance-through-malaria-imported-to-china
#18
Feng Lu, Meihua Zhang, Richard L Culleton, Sui Xu, Jianxia Tang, Huayun Zhou, Guoding Zhu, Yaping Gu, Chao Zhang, Yaobao Liu, Weiming Wang, Yuanyuan Cao, Julin Li, Xinlong He, Jun Cao, Qi Gao
BACKGROUND: Chloroquine (CQ) was the cornerstone of anti-malarial treatment in Africa for almost 50 years, but has been widely withdrawn due to the emergence and spread of resistance. Recent reports have suggested that CQ-susceptibility may return following the cessation of CQ usage. Here, we monitor CQ sensitivity and determine the prevalence of genetic polymorphisms in the CQ resistance transporter gene (pfcrt) of Plasmodium falciparum isolates recently imported from Africa to China...
July 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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
#19
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
#20
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
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