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Single-nucleotide polymorphism characterization of gametocyte development 1 gene in Plasmodium falciparum isolates from Baringo, Uasin Gishu, and Nandi Counties, Kenya

March 17, 2020 - 15:12 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Bungei JK, Mobegi VA, Nyanjom SG
Reference: 
Heliyon. 2020 Mar 3; 6(3):e03453

Plasmodium falciparum relies on gametocytogenesis to transmit from humans to mosquitoes. Gametocyte development 1 (Pfgdv1) is an upstream activator and epigenetic controller of gametocytogenesis. The emergence of drug resistance is a major public health concern and this requires the development of new strategies that target the transmission of malaria. As a putative drug target, Pfgdv1 has not been characterized to identify its polymorphisms and alleles under selection and how such polymorphisms influence protein structure.

Optimal timing of primaquine to reduce Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte carriage when co-administered with artemether–lumefantrine

January 24, 2020 - 14:49 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Seif Shekalaghe, Dominic Mosha, Ali Hamad, Thabit A. Mbaga, Michael Mihayo, Teun Bousema, Chris Drakeley and Salim Abdulla
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2020 19:34, 21 January 2020

Primaquine is an important gametocytocidal drug that is combined with conventional malaria treatment for prevention of Plasmodium falciparum malaria transmission. Primaquine has been administered together on the first or the last day of conventional treatment but the impact of primaquine timing has never been examined. This study aimed to assess safety, efficacy and optimal timing of single full-dose (0.75 mg/kg) primaquine when added to a standard 6-dose regimen of artemether–lumefantrine (AL).

Gametocyte clearance in children, from western Kenya, with uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria after artemether-lumefantrine or dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine treatment

December 10, 2019 - 08:22 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Omondi P, Burugu M, Matoke-Muhia D, Too E, Nambati EA, Chege W, Musyoka KB, Thiongo K, Otinga M, Muregi F, Kimani F.
Reference: 
Malar J. 2019 Dec 4; 18(1):398

The efficacy and safety of artemether–lumefantrine (AL) and dihydroartemisinin–piperaquine (DP) against asexual parasites population has been documented. However, the effect of these anti-malarials on sexual parasites is still less clear. Gametocyte clearance following treatment is essential for malaria control and elimination efforts; therefore, the study sought to determine trends in gametocyte clearance after AL or DP treatment in children from a malaria-endemic site in Kenya.

NOT Open Access |Recent advances in transmission-blocking drugs for malaria elimination

December 2, 2019 - 15:10 -- NOT Open Access
Author(s): 
Wadi I, Nath M, Anvikar AR, Singh P, Sinha A.
Reference: 
Future Med Chem. 2019 Nov 29.

The scientific community worldwide has realized that malaria elimination will not be possible without development of safe and effective transmission-blocking interventions. Primaquine, the only WHO recommended transmission-blocking drug, is not extensively utilized because of the toxicity issues in G6PD deficient individuals.

A patatin-like phospholipase functions during gametocyte induction in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum

November 18, 2019 - 16:21 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Flammersfeld A, Panyot A, Yamaryo-Botté Y, Aurass P, Przyborski JM, Flieger A, Botté C, Pradel G.
Reference: 
Cell Microbiol. 2019 Nov 16:e13146

Patatin-like phospholipases (PNPLAs) are highly conserved enzymes of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms with major roles in lipid homeostasis. The genome of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum encodes four putative PNPLAs with predicted functions during phospholipid degradation.

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