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NOT Open Access | Lactic acid supplementation increases quantity and quality of gametocytes in Plasmodium falciparum culture

October 21, 2020 - 09:20 -- NOT Open Access
Author(s): 
West R, Sullivan DJ
Reference: 
Infect Immun. 2020 Oct 19:IAI.00635-20

Malaria infection by Plasmodium falciparum continues to afflict millions of people worldwide, with transmission dependent upon mosquito ingestion of the parasite gametocyte stage. These sexually committed stages develop from the asexual stages, yet the factors behind this transition are not completely understood. Here we find that lactic acid increases gametocyte quantity and quality in P. falciparum culture.

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