Allelic discrimination assays have traditionally been applied to study zygosity in diploid genomes. The assays presented here are instead successfully applied to the identification and evaluation of transcriptional activity of duplicated genes in the haploid genome of the P. falciparum parasite.
The paper compares the sequences of LSA-3 from four geographical areas and found LSA-3 to be a highly conserved antigen. This finding further supports the usefulness of LSA-3 as a pre-erythrocytic stage vaccine candidate.
The behaviour of providers is often influenced by their knowledge, financial incentives, competition, or to follow patient demands and expectations. This study used a pre-tested structured questionnaire to collect data from 225 providers from hospitals and non-hospitals about their malaria treatment practices.
The clinical presentation of pregnancy-associated malaria depends crucially on the particular epidemiological settings. By re-examining historical data, and the use of a simple mathematical model, it is demonstrated how excess female mortality can be used to evaluate the burden of pregnancy-associated malaria.
An interesting paper which addresses the issue of delayed post-mortem diagnosis of P. falciparum with ICT tests.
This review on access to malaria treatment in Kenya is particularly interesting in the light of the wealth of studies that have been carried out on related topics in Kenya.
Failure to distinguish between individuals who do not get a clinical episode during follow-up because they were unexposed and those who are genuinely immune undermines our ability to assign a protective role to immune responses against malaria. The brevity of antibodies responses makes it difficult to assign the true serological status of an individual at any given time, i.e. those positive at a survey may be negative by the time they encounter the next infection.
In areas where non-falciparum malaria is common rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) capable of distinguishing malaria species reliably are needed. Such tests are often based on the detection of parasite lactate dehydrogenase (pLDH). In Dawei, southern Myanmar, three pLDH based RDTs (CareStartTM Malaria pLDH (Pan), CareStartTM Malaria pLDH (Pan, Pf) and OptiMAL-IT(R)) were evaluated in patients presenting with clinically suspected malaria.
In the Tanga District of coastal Tanzania, malaria is one of the primary causes of mortality for children under the age of five. While some children are treated with malaria medications in biomedical facilities, as the World Health Organization recommends, others receive home-care or treatment from traditional healers.
Previous studies of Anopheles funestus chromosomal inversion polymorphisms in Burkina Faso showed large departures from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and linkage disequilibrium among inversions located on different chromosomes, implying the existence of two taxonomic units ("chromosomal forms") with limited genetic flow. One chromosomal form, named Folonzo, is highly polymorphic for alternative rearrangements of 3Ra, 3Rb, 2Ra, and 3La; the other, Kiribina, is predominantly characterized by the standard arrangement of these inversions. To investigate the temporal distribution of these chromosomal forms, further collections were carried out in two villages near Ouagadougou where they are found in sympatry.