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NOT Open Access | Antibody Dynamics for Plasmodium vivax Malaria: A Mathematical Model

January 6, 2021 - 12:54 -- NOT Open Access
Mehra S, McCaw JM, Flegg MB, Taylor PG, Flegg JA
Bull Math Biol. 2021 Jan 2;83(1):6

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that, despite intensive control and mitigation initiatives, continues to pose an enormous public health burden. Plasmodium vivax is one of the principal causes of malaria in humans. Antibodies, which play a fundamental role in the host response to P. vivax, are acquired through exposure to the parasite. Here, we introduce a stochastic, within-host model of antibody responses to P. vivax for an individual in a general transmission setting.

Malaria: Origin of the Term ‘‘Hypnozoite’’

January 16, 2012 - 08:18 -- Bart G.J. Knols
Miles B. Markus
Journal of the History of Biology (2011) 44:781–786

The term ‘‘hypnozoite’’ is derived from the Greek words hypnos (sleep) and zoon (animal). Hypnozoites are dormant forms in the life cycles of certain parasitic protozoa that belong to the Phylum Apicomplexa (Sporozoa) and are best known for their probable association with latency and relapse in human malarial infections caused by Plasmodium ovale and P. vivax. 

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