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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637923/infectivity-of-plasmodium-falciparum-sporozoites-determines-emerging-parasitemia-in-infected-volunteers
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Matthew B B McCall, Linda J Wammes, Marijke C C Langenberg, Geert-Jan van Gemert, Jona Walk, Cornelus C Hermsen, Wouter Graumans, Rob Koelewijn, Jean-François Franetich, Sandra Chishimba, Max Gerdsen, Audrey Lorthiois, Marga van de Vegte, Dominique Mazier, Else M Bijker, Jaap J van Hellemond, Perry J J van Genderen, Robert W Sauerwein
Malaria sporozoites must first undergo intrahepatic development before a pathogenic blood-stage infection is established. The success of infection depends on host and parasite factors. In healthy human volunteers undergoing controlled human malaria infection (CHMI), we directly compared three clinical Plasmodium falciparum isolates for their ability to infect primary human hepatocytes in vitro and to drive the production of blood-stage parasites in vivo. Our data show a correlation between the efficiency of strain-specific sporozoite invasion of human hepatocytes and the dynamics of patent parasitemia in study subjects, highlighting intrinsic differences in infectivity among P...
June 21, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618269/red-blood-cell-invasion-by-the-malaria-parasite-is-coordinated-by-the-pfap2-i-transcription-factor
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Joana Mendonca Santos, Gabrielle Josling, Philipp Ross, Preeti Joshi, Lindsey Orchard, Tracey Campbell, Ariel Schieler, Ileana M Cristea, Manuel Llinás
Obligate intracellular parasites must efficiently invade host cells in order to mature and be transmitted. For the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, invasion of host red blood cells (RBCs) is essential. Here we describe a parasite-specific transcription factor PfAP2-I, belonging to the Apicomplexan AP2 (ApiAP2) family, that is responsible for regulating the expression of genes involved in RBC invasion. Our genome-wide analysis by ChIP-seq shows that PfAP2-I interacts with a specific DNA motif in the promoters of target genes...
June 14, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611446/genome-wide-analysis-of-gene-expression-and-protein-secretion-of-babesia-canis-during-virulent-infection-identifies-potential-pathogenicity-factors
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Ramon M Eichenberger, Chandra Ramakrishnan, Giancarlo Russo, Peter Deplazes, Adrian B Hehl
Infections of dogs with virulent strains of Babesia canis are characterized by rapid onset and high mortality, comparable to complicated human malaria. As in other apicomplexan parasites, most Babesia virulence factors responsible for survival and pathogenicity are secreted to the host cell surface and beyond where they remodel and biochemically modify the infected cell interacting with host proteins in a very specific manner. Here, we investigated factors secreted by B. canis during acute infections in dogs and report on in silico predictions and experimental analysis of the parasite's exportome...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607435/preferential-suppression-of-anopheles-gambiae-host-sequences-allows-detection-of-the-mosquito-eukaryotic-microbiome
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Eugeni Belda, Boubacar Coulibaly, Abdrahamane Fofana, Abdoul H Beavogui, Sekou F Traore, Daryl M Gohl, Kenneth D Vernick, Michelle M Riehle
Anopheles mosquitoes are vectors of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The vector microbiota is a likely factor influencing parasite transmission. The prokaryotic microbiota of mosquitoes is efficiently surveyed by sequencing of hypervariable regions of the 16s ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene. However, identification of the eukaryotic microbiota by targeting the 18s rRNA gene is challenging due to simultaneous amplification of the abundant 18s rRNA gene target in the mosquito host. Consequently, the eukaryotic microbial diversity of mosquitoes is vastly underexplored...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605553/pyruvate-kinase-and-fc-gamma-receptor-gene-copy-numbers-associated-with-malaria-phenotypes
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Imad Faik, Hoang van Tong, Bertrand Lell, Christian G Meyer, Peter G Kremsner, Thirumalaisamy P Velavan
Genetic factors are associated with susceptibility to many infectious diseases and may be determinants of clinical progression. Gene copy number variation (CNV) has been shown to be associated with phenotypes of numerous diseases, including malaria. We quantified gene copy numbers of the pyruvate kinase, liver and red blood cells (PKLR) gene as well as of the Fcγ receptor 2A and Fcγ receptor 2C (FCGR2A, FCGR2C) and Fcγ receptor 3 (FCGR3) genes using real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) assays in Gabonese children with severe (n=184) or and mild (n=189) malaria and in healthy Gabonese and Caucasian individuals (n=76 each)...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589330/triple-combination-therapy-and-drug-cycling-tangential-strategies-for-countering-artemisinin-resistance
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REVIEW
Bhattacharjee Dipanjan, G Shivaprakash, O Balaji
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review attempts to understand the reasons for the successes and failures of the two novel strategies that have slowly begun to emerge as potential counters for anti-malarial drug resistance-"Triple Combination Therapy" and "Drug Cycling." RECENT FINDINGS: Recent reports have suggested that increasing the heterogeneity within the parasite's environment, both at an individual and the population level, may help raise the probabilistic barrier of development of resistance in the parasite...
July 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572796/host-parasite-interactions-in-human-malaria-clinical-implications-of-basic-research
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REVIEW
Pragyan Acharya, Manika Garg, Praveen Kumar, Akshay Munjal, K D Raja
The malaria parasite, Plasmodium, is one of the oldest parasites documented to infect humans and has proven particularly hard to eradicate. One of the major hurdles in designing an effective subunit vaccine against the malaria parasite is the insufficient understanding of host-parasite interactions within the human host during infections. The success of the parasite lies in its ability to evade the human immune system and recruit host responses as physiological cues to regulate its life cycle, leading to rapid acclimatization of the parasite to its immediate host environment...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541483/malaria-host-candidate-genes-validated-by-association-with-current-recent-and-historic-measures-of-transmission-intensity
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Nuno Sepúlveda, Alphaxard Manjurano, Susana G Campino, Martha Lemnge, John Lusingu, Raimos Olomi, Kirk A Rockett, Christina Hubbart, Anna Jeffreys, Kate Rowlands, Taane G Clark, Eleanor M Riley, Chris J Drakeley
Background: Human malaria susceptibility is determined by multiple genetic factors. It is however unclear which genetic variants remain important over time. Methods: Genetic associations of 175 high quality polymorphisms within several malaria candidate genes were examined in a sample of 8,096 individuals from northeast Tanzania using altitude, seroconversion rates and parasite rates as proxies of historical, recent and current malaria transmission intensity. A principal component (PC) analysis was used to derive two alternative measures of overall malaria propensity of a location across different time scales...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536344/aptamer-technology-adjunct-therapy-for-malaria
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REVIEW
Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Kamarudin, Nurul Adila Mohammed, Khairul Mohd Fadzli Mustaffa
Malaria is a life-threatening parasitic infection occurring in the endemic areas, primarily in children under the age of five, pregnant women, and patients with human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV)/(AIDS) as well as non-immune individuals. The cytoadherence of infected erythrocytes (IEs) to the host endothelial surface receptor is a known factor that contributes to the increased prevalence of severe malaria cases due to the accumulation of IEs, mainly in the brain and other vital organs...
January 4, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535797/within-host-selection-of-drug-resistance-in-a-mouse-model-of-repeated-interrupted-treatment-of-plasmodium-yoelii-infection
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Suci Nuralitha, Josephine E Siregar, Din Syafruddin, Andy I M Hoepelman, Sangkot Marzuki
BACKGROUND: To study within-host selection of resistant parasites, an important factor in the development of resistance to anti-malarial drugs, a mouse model of repeated interrupted malaria treatment (RIT) has been developed. The characteristics of within host selection of resistance to atovaquone and pyrimethamine in Plasmodium yoelii was examined in such a model. METHODS: Treatment of P. yoelii infected mice, with atovaquone or pyrimethamine, was started at parasitaemia level of 3-5%, interrupted when reduced to less than 0...
May 23, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526861/shedding-of-host-autophagic-proteins-from-the-parasitophorous-vacuolar-membrane-of-plasmodium-berghei
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Carolina Agop-Nersesian, Mariana De Niz, Livia Niklaus, Monica Prado, Nina Eickel, Volker T Heussler
The hepatic stage of the malaria parasite Plasmodium is accompanied by an autophagy-mediated host response directly targeting the parasitophorous vacuolar membrane (PVM) harbouring the parasite. Removal of the PVM-associated autophagic proteins such as ubiquitin, p62, and LC3 correlates with parasite survival. Yet, it is unclear how Plasmodium avoids the deleterious effects of selective autophagy. Here we show that parasites trap host autophagic factors in the tubovesicular network (TVN), an expansion of the PVM into the host cytoplasm...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525314/malaria-parasite-limp-protein-regulates-sporozoite-gliding-motility-and-infectivity-in-mosquito-and-mammalian-hosts
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Jorge M Santos, Saskia Egarter, Vanessa Zuzarte-Luís, Hirdesh Kumar, Catherine A Moreau, Jessica Kehrer, Andreia Pinto, Mário da Costa, Blandine Franke-Fayard, Chris J Janse, Friedrich Frischknecht, Gunnar R Mair
Gliding motility allows malaria parasites to migrate and invade tissues and cells in different hosts. It requires parasite surface proteins to provide attachment to host cells and extracellular matrices. Here, we identify the Plasmodium protein LIMP (the name refers to a gliding phenotype in the sporozoite arising from epitope tagging of the endogenous protein) as a key regulator for adhesion during gliding motility in the rodent malaria model P. berghei. Transcribed in gametocytes, LIMP is translated in the ookinete from maternal mRNA, and later in the sporozoite...
May 2, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506360/plasmodium-p36-determines-host-cell-receptor-usage-during-sporozoite-invasion
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Giulia Manzoni, Carine Marinach, Selma Topçu, Sylvie Briquet, Morgane Grand, Matthieu Tolle, Marion Gransagne, Julien Lescar, Chiara Andolina, Jean-François Franetich, Mirjam B Zeisel, Thierry Huby, Eric Rubinstein, Georges Snounou, Dominique Mazier, François Nosten, Thomas F Baumert, Olivier Silvie
Plasmodium sporozoites, the mosquito-transmitted forms of the malaria parasite, first infect the liver for an initial round of replication before the emergence of pathogenic blood stages. Sporozoites represent attractive targets for antimalarial preventive strategies, yet the mechanisms of parasite entry into hepatocytes remain poorly understood. Here we show that the two main species causing malaria in humans, Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, rely on two distinct host cell surface proteins, CD81 and the Scavenger Receptor BI (SR-BI), respectively, to infect hepatocytes...
May 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493919/genomic-variation-in-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-reveals-regions-under-selective-pressure
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427357/haplotype-of-non-synonymous-mutations-within-il-23r-is-associated-with-susceptibility-to-severe-malaria-anemia-in-a-p-falciparum-holoendemic-transmission-area-of-kenya
#15
Elly O Munde, Evans Raballah, Winnie A Okeyo, John M Ong'echa, Douglas J Perkins, Collins Ouma
BACKGROUND: Improved understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in pediatric severe malarial anemia (SMA) pathogenesis is a crucial step in the design of novel therapeutics. Identification of host genetic susceptibility factors in immune regulatory genes offers an important tool for deciphering malaria pathogenesis. The IL-23/IL-17 immune pathway is important for both immunity and erythropoiesis via its effects through IL-23 receptors (IL-23R). However, the impact of IL-23R variants on SMA has not been fully elucidated...
April 20, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426114/infectious-diseases-and-migrant-worker-health-in-singapore-a-receiving-country-s-perspective
#16
Sapna P Sadarangani, Poh Lian Lim, Shawn Vasoo
Background.: Approximately 1.4 million migrant workers reside in Singapore, presenting unique infectious disease challenges to both migrants and Singapore. Methods.: A Pubmed, MEDLINE (Ovid), EBSCO Host (Global Health) and Google Scholar search was performed for both peer, non-peer reviewed articles and reports relevant to migrant health in Singapore, published between 1 January 1989 and 1 September 2016. Additional studies were identified from citations within searched articles...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410415/influence-of-host-factors-and-parasite-biomass-on-the-severity-of-imported-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria
#17
Nicolas Argy, Eric Kendjo, Claire Augé-Courtoi, Sandrine Cojean, Jérôme Clain, Pascal Houzé, Marc Thellier, Veronique Hubert, Philippe Deloron, Sandrine Houzé
OBJECTIVES: Imported malaria in France is characterized by various clinical manifestations observed in a heterogeneous population of patients such as travelers/expatriates and African migrants. In this population, host factors and parasite biomass associated with severe imported malaria are poorly known. METHODS: From data collected by the Centre National de Référence du Paludisme, we identified epidemiological, demographic and biological features including parasite biomass and anti-plasmodial antibody levels (negative, positive and strongly positive serology) associated with different disease severity groups (very severe, moderately severe, and uncomplicated malaria) in 3 epidemiological groups (travelers/expatriates, first- and second-generation migrants)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369062/t-cell-subtypes-and-reciprocal-inflammatory-mediator-expression-differentiate-p-falciparum-memory-recall-responses-in-asymptomatic-and-symptomatic-malaria-patients-in-southeastern-haiti
#18
Jason S Lehmann, Joseph J Campo, Micheline Cicéron, Christian P Raccurt, Jacques Boncy, Valery E M Beau De Rochars, Anthony P Cannella
Asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum infection is responsible for maintaining malarial disease within human populations in low transmission countries such as Haiti. Investigating differential host immune responses to the parasite as a potential underlying mechanism could help provide insight into this highly complex phenomenon and possibly identify asymptomatic individuals. We performed a cross-sectional analysis of individuals who were diagnosed with malaria in Sud-Est, Haiti by comparing the cellular and humoral responses of both symptomatic and asymptomatic subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357358/translational-repression-in-malaria-sporozoites
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COMMENT
Oliver Turque, Tiffany Tsao, Thomas Li, Min Zhang
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals. It is caused by the parasitic protozoan, Plasmodium. Sporozoites, the infectious form of malaria parasites, are quiescent when they remain in the salivary glands of the Anopheles mosquito until transmission into a mammalian host. Metamorphosis of the dormant sporozoite to its active form in the liver stage requires transcriptional and translational regulations. Here, we summarize recent advances in the translational repression of gene expression in the malaria sporozoite...
April 5, 2016: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353409/what-do-we-know-about-the-role-of-regulatory-b-cells-breg-during-the-course-of-infection-of-two-major-parasitic-diseases-malaria-and-leishmaniasis
#20
Roberta Reis Soares, Luciana Maria Ribeiro Antinarelli, Clarice Abramo, Gilson Costa Macedo, Elaine Soares Coimbra, Kézia Katiani Gorza Scopel
Parasitic diseases, such as malaria and leishmaniasis, are relevant public health problems worldwide. For both diseases, the alarming number of clinical cases and deaths reported annually has justified the incentives directed to better understanding of host's factors associated with susceptibility to infection or protection. In this context, over recent years, some studies have given special attention to B lymphocytes with a regulator phenotype, known as Breg cells. Essentially important in the maintenance of immunological tolerance, especially in autoimmune disease models such as rheumatoid arthritis and experimentally induced autoimmune encephalomyelitis, the function of these lymphocytes has so far been poorly explored during the course of diseases caused by parasites...
May 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
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