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The nuclear 18S ribosomal DNAs of avian haemosporidian parasites

September 10, 2019 - 15:36 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Josef Harl, Tanja Himmel, Gediminas Valkiūnas and Herbert Weissenböck
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:305, 3 September 2019

Plasmodium species feature only four to eight nuclear ribosomal units on different chromosomes, which are assumed to evolve independently according to a birth-and-death model, in which new variants originate by duplication and others are deleted throughout time. Moreover, distinct ribosomal units were shown to be expressed during different developmental stages in the vertebrate and mosquito hosts. Here, the 18S rDNA sequences of 32 species of avian haemosporidian parasites are reported and compared to those of simian and rodent Plasmodium species.

Impact of Plasmodium falciparum malaria and intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy on the risk of malaria in infants: a systematic review

September 10, 2019 - 15:34 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Abel Kakuru, Sarah G. Staedke, Grant Dorsey, Stephen Rogerson and Daniel Chandramohan
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:304, 3 September 2019

Studies of the association between malaria in pregnancy (MiP) and malaria during infancy have provided mixed results. A systematic review was conducted to evaluate available evidence on the impact of Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection during pregnancy, and intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy (IPTp), on the risk of clinical malaria or parasitaemia during infancy.

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Deployment and utilization of next-generation sequencing of Plasmodium falciparum to guide anti-malarial drug policy decisions in sub-Saharan Africa: opportunities and challenges

September 10, 2019 - 15:29 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Deus S. Ishengoma, Queen Saidi, Carol H. Sibley, Cally Roper and Michael Alifrangis
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:267, 3 September 2019

Parasite resistance against anti-malarial drugs is a major threat to the ongoing malaria control and elimination strategies.

HIV infection drives IgM and IgG3 subclass bias in Plasmodium falciparum-specific and total immunoglobulin concentration in Western Kenya

September 10, 2019 - 15:15 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Eliud O. Odhiambo, Dibyadyuti Datta, Bernard Guyah, George Ayodo, Bartholomew N. Ondigo, Benard O. Abong’o, Chandy C. John and Anne E. P. Frosch
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:297, 30 August 2019

HIV infection is associated with more frequent and severe episodes of malaria and may be the result of altered malaria-specific B cell responses. However, it is poorly understood how HIV and the associated lymphopenia and immune activation affect malaria-specific antibody responses.

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Anopheles mosquito surveillance in Madagascar reveals multiple blood feeding behavior and Plasmodium infection

July 16, 2019 - 17:05 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Riley E. Tedrow, Tovonahary Rakotomanga, Thiery Nepomichene, Rosalind E. Howes, Jocelyn Ratovonjato, Arséne C. Ratsimbasoa, Gavin J. Svenson, Peter A. Zimmerman
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis 13(7): e0007176

The Madagascar National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control 2018 (NSP) outlines malaria control pre-elimination strategies that include detailed goals for mosquito control. Primary surveillance protocols and mosquito control interventions focus on indoor vectors of malaria, while many potential vectors feed and rest outdoors. Here we describe the application of tools that advance our understanding of diversity, host choice, and Plasmodium infection in the Anopheline mosquitoes of the Western Highland Fringe of Madagascar.

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Atomic view into Plasmodium actin polymerization, ATP hydrolysis, and fragmentation

July 15, 2019 - 15:17 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Esa-Pekka Kumpula, Andrea J. Lopez, Leila Tajedin, Huijong Han, Inari Kursula
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PLoS Biol 17(6): e3000315

Plasmodium actins form very short filaments and have a noncanonical link between ATP hydrolysis and polymerization. Long filaments are detrimental to the parasites, but the structural factors constraining Plasmodium microfilament lengths have remained unknown.

Primaquine–quinoxaline 1,4-di-N-oxide hybrids with action on the exo-erythrocytic forms of Plasmodium induce their effect by the production of reactive oxygen species

June 24, 2019 - 15:48 -- Open Access
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Author(s): 
Leonardo Bonilla-Ramírez, Silvia Galiano, Miguel Quiliano, Ignacio Aldana and Adriana Pabón
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:201,19 June 2019

The challenge in anti-malarial chemotherapy is based on the emergence of resistance to drugs and the search for medicines against all stages of the life cycle of Plasmodium spp. as a therapeutic target. Nowadays, many molecules with anti-malarial activity are reported. However, few studies about the cellular and molecular mechanisms to understand their mode of action have been explored. Recently, new primaquine-based hybrids as new molecules with potential multi-acting anti-malarial activity were reported and two hybrids of primaquine linked to quinoxaline 1,4-di-N-oxide (PQ–QdNO) were identified as the most active against erythrocytic, exoerythrocytic and sporogonic stages.

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Patterns of Plasmodium homocircumflexum virulence in experimentally infected passerine birds

May 24, 2019 - 16:04 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Mikas Ilgūnas, Dovilė Bukauskaitė, Vaidas Palinauskas, Tatjana Iezhova, Karin Fragner, Elena Platonova, Herbert Weissenböck and Gediminas Valkiūnas
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Malaria Journal 2019 18:174, 21 May 2019

Avian malaria parasites (genus Plasmodium) are cosmopolitan and some species cause severe pathologies or even mortality in birds, yet their virulence remains fragmentally investigated. Understanding mechanisms and patterns of virulence during avian Plasmodium infections is crucial as these pathogens can severely affect bird populations in the wild and cause mortality in captive individuals. The goal of this study was to investigate the pathologies caused by the recently discovered malaria parasite Plasmodium homocircumflexum (lineage pCOLL4) in four species of European passeriform birds.

NOT Open Access | Baseline Ex Vivo and Molecular Responses of Plasmodium falciparum Isolates to Piperaquine before Implementation of Dihydroartemisinin-Piperaquine in Senegal

April 30, 2019 - 15:21 -- NOT Open Access
Author(s): 
Marie Gladys Robert, Francis Foguim Tsombeng, Mathieu Gendrot, Silman Diawara, Marylin Madamet, Mame Bou Kounta, Khalifa Ababacar Wade, Mansour Fall, Mamadou Wague Gueye, Nicolas Benoit, Aminata Nakoulima, Raymond Bercion, Rémy Amalvict, Bécaye Fall, Boubacar Wade, Bakary Diatta and Bruno Pradines
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Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. April 2019 63:e02445-18

Dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine, which was registered in 2017 in Senegal, is not currently used as the first-line treatment against uncomplicated malaria. A total of 6.6% to 17.1% of P. falciparum isolates collected in Dakar in 2013 to 2015 showed ex vivo-reduced susceptibility to piperaquine. 

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NOT Open Access | Mutation Profile of pfdhfr and pfdhps in Plasmodium falciparum among Returned Chinese Migrant Workers from Africa

April 30, 2019 - 15:18 -- NOT Open Access
Author(s): 
Chao Xu, Hui Sun, Qingkuan Wei, Jin Li, Ting Xiao, Xiangli Kong, Yongbin Wang, Guihua Zhao, Longjiang Wang, Gongzhen Liu, Ge Yan, Bingcheng Huang and Kun Yin
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Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. April 2019 63:e01927-18

We evaluated markers of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) resistance in Plasmodium falciparum among 254 returned migrant workers in China from Africa from 2013 to 2016.

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