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Continued cytoadherence of Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells after antimalarial treatment.

Hughes, Katie R, Biagini, Giancarlo ORCID: and Craig, Alister ORCID: (2010) 'Continued cytoadherence of Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells after antimalarial treatment.'. Molecular and biochemical parasitology, Vol 169, Issue 2, pp. 71-78.

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Development of severe disease in Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection is thought to be, at least in part, due to the sequestration of trophozoite-stage infected red blood cells in the microvasculature. The process of cytoadherence is mediated by binding of the parasite protein PfEMP-1 on the surface of infected red blood cells to endothelial cell receptors. Although antimalarial treatments rapidly kill parasites, significant mortality is still seen in severe malaria, particularly within 24h of hospital admission. We find that cytoadherence of infected red blood cells continues for several hours after killing of the parasite by antimalarials; after 24h treatment using a range of antimalarials binding is approximately one-third the level of untreated parasite cultures. This is consistent with the maintained presence of PfEMP-1 on the surface of drug-treated infected red blood cells. A specific advantage of artesunate over other treatments tested is seen on addition of this drug to younger ring stage parasites, which do not mature to the cytoadherent trophozoite-stage. These findings show that cytoadherence, a potential pathogenic property of P. falciparum infected red blood cells, continues long after the parasite has been killed. These data support the development of adjunctive therapies to reverse the pathophysiological consequences of cytoadherence.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Originally published as: Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2010 February; 169(2): 71-78
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaria Endothelial Pathogenesis Adhision ICAM-1 Artemisinin Quinine
Subjects: QZ Pathology > Manifestations of Disease > QZ 140 General manifestations of disease > QZ 150 Local reactions to injury and disease
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 770 Therapy
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 750 Malaria
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology Group
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Depositing User: Mary Creegan
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2010 14:59
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 14:13


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