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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4813, 2020 09 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32968076

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Artemisinins have revolutionized the treatment of Plasmodium falciparum malaria; however, resistance threatens to undermine global control efforts. To broadly explore artemisinin susceptibility in apicomplexan parasites, we employ genome-scale CRISPR screens recently developed for Toxoplasma gondii to discover sensitizing and desensitizing mutations. Using a sublethal concentration of dihydroartemisinin (DHA), we uncover the putative transporter Tmem14c whose disruption increases DHA susceptibility. Screens performed under high doses of DHA provide evidence that mitochondrial metabolism can modulate resistance. We show that disrupting a top candidate from the screens, the mitochondrial protease DegP2, lowers porphyrin levels and decreases DHA susceptibility, without significantly altering parasite fitness in culture. Deleting the homologous gene in P. falciparum, PfDegP, similarly lowers heme levels and DHA susceptibility. These results expose the vulnerability of heme metabolism to genetic perturbations that can lead to increased survival in the presence of DHA.


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Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Artemisininas/farmacologia , Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Testes Genéticos/métodos , Heme/genética , Heme/metabolismo , Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Mutação , Plasmodium falciparum/efeitos dos fármacos , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Toxoplasma/efeitos dos fármacos , Toxoplasma/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3922, 2020 08 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764664

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The Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance transporter (PfCRT) is a key contributor to multidrug resistance and is also essential for the survival of the malaria parasite, yet its natural function remains unresolved. We identify host-derived peptides of 4-11 residues, varying in both charge and composition, as the substrates of PfCRT in vitro and in situ, and show that PfCRT does not mediate the non-specific transport of other metabolites and/or ions. We find that drug-resistance-conferring mutations reduce both the peptide transport capacity and substrate range of PfCRT, explaining the impaired fitness of drug-resistant parasites. Our results indicate that PfCRT transports peptides from the lumen of the parasite's digestive vacuole to the cytosol, thereby providing a source of amino acids for parasite metabolism and preventing osmotic stress of this organelle. The resolution of PfCRT's native substrates will aid the development of drugs that target PfCRT and/or restore the efficacy of existing antimalarials.


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Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Cloroquina/farmacologia , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/efeitos dos fármacos , Plasmodium falciparum/metabolismo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Animais , Transporte Biológico Ativo , Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Feminino , Interações Hospedeiro-Parasita/genética , Interações Hospedeiro-Parasita/fisiologia , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Malária Falciparum/metabolismo , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Modelos Biológicos , Proteínas Mutantes/genética , Proteínas Mutantes/metabolismo , Oligopeptídeos/metabolismo , Oócitos/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Transporte Proteico , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Xenopus laevis
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0235401, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32817665

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BACKGROUND: Current malaria control and elimination strategies rely mainly on efficacious antimalarial drugs. However, drug resistance is a major threat facing malaria control programs. Determination of drug resistance molecular markers is useful in the monitoring and surveillance of malaria drug efficacy. This study aimed to determine the mutations and haplotypes frequencies of different genes linked with antimalarial drug resistance in certain areas in Sudan. METHODS: A total of 226 dried blood spots (DBS) of microscopically diagnosed P. falciparum isolates were collected from Khartoum and three other areas in Sudan during 2015-2017. Plasmodium falciparum confirmation and multiplicity of infection was assessed using the Sanger's 101 SNPs-barcode and speciation was confirmed using regions of the parasite mitochondria. Molecular genotyping of drug resistance genes (Pfcrt, Pfmdr1, Pfdhfr, Pfdhps, exonuclease, Pfk13, parasite genetic background (PGB) (Pfarps10, ferredoxin, Pfcrt, Pfmdr2)) was also performed. All genotypes were generated by selective regions amplicon sequencing of the parasite genome using the Illumina MiSeq platform at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK then genotypes were translated into drug resistance haplotypes and species determination. FINDINGS: In total 225 samples were confirmed to be P. falciparum. A higher proportion of multiplicity of infection was observed in Gezira (P<0.001) based on the Sanger 101 SNPs -barcode. The overall frequency of mutant haplotype Pfcrt 72-76 CVIET was 71.8%. For Pfmdr1, N86Y was detected in 53.6%, Y184F was observed in 88.1% and D1246Y was detected in 1.5% of the samples. The most frequently observed haplotype was YFD 47.4%. For Pfdhfr (codons 51, 59,108,164), the ICNI haplotype was the most frequent (80.7%) while for Pfdhps (codons 436, 437, 540, 581, 613) the (SGEAA) was most frequent haplotype (41%). The Quadruple mutation (dhfr N51I, S108N + dhps A437G, K540E) was the highest frequent combined mutation (33.9%). In Pfkelch13 gene, 18 non-synonymous mutations were detected, 7 of them were detected in other African countries. The most frequent Pfk13 mutation was E433D detected in four samples. All of the Pfk13 mutant alleles have not been reported to belong to mutations associated with delayed parasite clearance in Southeast Asia. PGB mutations were detected only in Pfcrt N326S\I (46.3%) and Pfcrt I356T (8.2%). The exonuclease mutation was not detected. There was no significant variation in mutant haplotypes between study areas. CONCLUSIONS: There was high frequency of mutations in Pfcrt, Pfdhfr and Pfdhps in this study. These mutations are associated with chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) resistance. Many SNPs in Pfk13 not linked with delayed parasite clearance were observed. The exonuclease E415G mutation which is linked with piperaquine resistance was not reported.


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Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Malária/parasitologia , Mutação , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Adolescente , Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Criança , Cloroquina/farmacologia , Feminino , Humanos , Malária/epidemiologia , Masculino , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/efeitos dos fármacos , Plasmodium falciparum/patogenicidade , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Pirimetamina/farmacologia , Sudão , Sulfadoxina/farmacologia , Tetra-Hidrofolato Desidrogenase/genética , Tetra-Hidrofolato Desidrogenase/metabolismo , Adulto Jovem
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237791, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32822392

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Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) have been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as first-line treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) malaria since 2005 in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a regular surveillance of the ACT efficacy is required to ensure the treatment effectiveness. Mutations in the propeller domain of the pfk13 gene were identified as molecular markers of artemisinin resistance (ART-R). This study investigated the pfk13-propeller gene polymorphism in clinical isolates of P. falciparum collected in the DRC. In 2017, ten geographical sites across DRC were selected for a cross-sectional study that was conducted first in Kinshasa from January to March, then in the nine other sites from September to December. Dried blood samples were collected from patients attending health centers for fever where diagnosis of Malaria was first made by rapid diagnostic test (RDT) available on site (SD Bioline malaria Ag Pf or CareStart Malaria Pf) or by thick blood smear and then confirmed by a P. falciparum real-time PCR assay. A pfk13-propeller segment containing a fragment that codes for amino acids at positions 427-595 was amplified by conventional PCR before sequencing. In total, 1070 patients were enrolled in the study. Real-time PCR performed confirmed the initial diagnosis of P. falciparum infection in 806 samples (75.3%; 95% CI: 72.6%- 77.9%). Of the 717 successfully sequenced P. falciparum isolates, 710 (99.0%; 95% CI: 97.9% - 99.6) were wild-type genotypes and 7 (1.0%; 95% CI: 0.4% - 2.1%) carried non-synonymous (NS) mutations in pfk13-propeller including 2 mutations (A578S and V534A) previously detected and 2 other (M472I and A569T) not yet detected in the DRC. Mutations associated with ART-R in Southeast Asia were not observed in DRC. However, the presence of other mutations in pfk13-propeller gene calls for further investigations to assess their implication in drug resistance.


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Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Artemisininas/uso terapêutico , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Plasmodium falciparum/efeitos dos fármacos , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Artemisininas/farmacologia , Criança , Pré-Escolar , República Democrática do Congo/epidemiologia , Resistência a Medicamentos , Feminino , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação , Polimorfismo Genético , Adulto Jovem
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 513, 2020 Jul 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32677899

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BACKGROUND: Imported falciparum malaria from Africa has become a key public health challenge in Guizhou Province since 2012. Understanding the polymorphisms of molecular markers of drug resistance can guide selection of antimalarial drugs for the treatment of malaria. This study was aimed to analyze the polymorphisms of pfcrt, pfmdr1, and K13-propeller among imported falciparum malaria cases in Guizhou Province, China. METHOD: Fifty-five imported falciparum malaria cases in Guizhou Province during 2012-2016 were included in this study. Their demographic information and filter paper blood samples were collected. Genomic DNA of Plasmodium falciparum was extracted from the blood samples, and polymorphisms of pfcrt, pfmdr1, and K13-propeller were analyzed with nested PCR amplification followed by sequencing. Data were analyzed with the SPSS17.0 software. RESULTS: The prevalence of pfcrt K76T, pfmdr1 N86Y, and pfmdr1 Y184F mutation was 56.6, 22.2, and 72.2%, respectively, in imported falciparum malaria cases in Guizhou Province. We detected two mutant haplotypes of pfcrt, IET and MNT, with IET being more commonly found (54.7%), and five mutant haplotypes of pfmdr1, of which NFD was the most frequent (53.7%). There were totally 10 combined haplotypes of pfcrt and pfmdr1, of which the haplotype IETNFD possessed a predominance of 28.8%. In addition, three nonsynonymous mutations (S459T, C469F, and V692L) and two synonymous mutations (R471R and V589V) were detected in K13-propeller, all having prevalence less than 6.0%. In particular, a candidate K13 resistance mutation, C469F, was identified for the first time from Democratic Republic of the Congo with the prevalence of 2.0%. CONCLUSIONS: The high prevalence of IET haplotype of pfcrt and NFD haplotype of pfmdr1 suggests the presence of chloroquine, artemether/lumefantrine, and dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine resistance in these cases. Therefore cautions should be made to artemisinin therapy for P. falciparum in Africa. Continuous monitoring of anti-malarial drug efficacy in imported malaria cases is helpful for optimizing antimalarial drug therapy in Guizhou Province, China.


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Doenças Transmissíveis Importadas/parasitologia , Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Polimorfismo Genético , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Adulto , África/epidemiologia , Substituição de Aminoácidos/genética , Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , China/epidemiologia , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Malária Falciparum/epidemiologia , Masculino , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Proteínas Associadas à Resistência a Múltiplos Medicamentos/genética , Mutação , Plasmodium falciparum/isolamento & purificação , Doença Relacionada a Viagens
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Mikrobiyol Bul ; 54(2): 306-317, 2020 Apr.
Artigo em Turco | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32723285

RESUMO

Malaria is a life-threatening parasitic disease caused by the parasites belonging to Plasmodium genus. Microscopic examination of Giemsa stained blood smears is accepted as the gold standard diagnostic method. It is recommended to use more than one method in order to strengthen the laboratory diagnosis of malaria which is an important health problem in our country as in the whole world. In this study, it was aimed to compare the results of three different molecular methods and determine which molecular method could be used in the diagnostic algorithm to be applied. DNA was extracted from 280 whole blood sample stored in EDTA tubes using a commercial kit. Three different polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods were used for the detection of Plasmodium spp. in DNA samples obtained and the results were compared. First, multiplex nested PCR was applied and then in-house real-time PCR (Rt-PCR) which was validated in our laboratory and a commercial Rt-PCR kit were applied. Multiplex nested PCR was accepted as the gold standard and 182 samples that were evaluated as Plasmodium spp. positive and 98 samples that were evaluated as negative were also studied by in-house and commercial Rt-PCR methods. In multiplex nested PCR's first step reaction 1670 base pairs (bp) band was observed in Plasmodium spp. positive samples and 117 bp band was observed in Plasmodium vivax positive samples in the second step reaction. Tm values of P.vivax positive samples were determined as 78-79 in the melting analysis of the in-house Rt-PCR. CT values of the positive samples in in-house Rt-PCR were between 20.03-31.71 and were between 17.26-34.94 in the commercial Rt-PCR. With the in-house Rt-PCR method 180 cases were determined as positive, while with the commercial Rt-PCR method 178 cases were determined as positive. Two samples with the in-house Rt-PCR and 4 samples with the commercial Rt-PCR were considered as false negative. When the sensitivity and specificity of the both methods were calculated, the sensitivity of the in-house Rt-PCR method was 0.98, the specificity was 0.97, the positive predictive value (PPV) was 98%, the negative predictive value (NPV) was 97%, the sensitivity of the commercial Rt-PCR was 0.97, the specificity was 0.95, the PPV was 97%, the NPV was 95%. A high level of agreement (κ: 0.953) was determined between the in-house and the commercial Rt-PCR methods. In order for a test to be accepted as a confirmatory test, its specificity must be high. It was decided that sensitivity and specificity of the in-house Rt-PCR were suitable for using this method in the laboratory diagnosis of Plasmodium species.


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Malária , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Multiplex , Plasmodium , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , DNA de Protozoário/genética , Humanos , Malária/sangue , Malária/diagnóstico , Malária/parasitologia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Multiplex/normas , Plasmodium/classificação , Plasmodium/genética , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Plasmodium vivax/genética , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real/normas , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Sensibilidade e Especificidade
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PLoS Genet ; 16(7): e1008917, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32628663

RESUMO

Mechanisms of transcriptional control in malaria parasites are still not fully understood. The positioning patterns of G-quadruplex (G4) DNA motifs in the parasite's AT-rich genome, especially within the var gene family which encodes virulence factors, and in the vicinity of recombination hotspots, points towards a possible regulatory role of G4 in gene expression and genome stability. Here, we carried out the most comprehensive genome-wide survey, to date, of G4s in the Plasmodium falciparum genome using G4Hunter, which identifies G4 forming sequences (G4FS) considering their G-richness and G-skewness. We show an enrichment of G4FS in nucleosome-depleted regions and in the first exon of var genes, a pattern that is conserved within the closely related Laverania Plasmodium parasites. Under G4-stabilizing conditions, i.e., following treatment with pyridostatin (a high affinity G4 ligand), we show that a bona fide G4 found in the non-coding strand of var promoters modulates reporter gene expression. Furthermore, transcriptional profiling of pyridostatin-treated parasites, shows large scale perturbations, with deregulation affecting for instance the ApiAP2 family of transcription factors and genes involved in ribosome biogenesis. Overall, our study highlights G4s as important DNA secondary structures with a role in Plasmodium gene expression regulation, sub-telomeric recombination and var gene biology.


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Quadruplex G , Malária/genética , Motivos de Nucleotídeos/genética , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Aminoquinolinas/farmacologia , Animais , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Genoma/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Malária/tratamento farmacológico , Malária/parasitologia , Ácidos Picolínicos/farmacologia , Plasmodium falciparum/patogenicidade , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas/genética , Ribossomos/efeitos dos fármacos , Ribossomos/genética
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 530, 2020 Jul 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32698764

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BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum dihydrofolate reductase (Pfdhfr) and dihydropteroate synthetase (Pfdhps) mutations compromise the effectiveness of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) for treatment of uncomplicated malaria, and are likely to impair the efficiency of intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy (IPTp). This study was conducted to determine the level of Pfdhfr-Pfdhps mutations, a decade since SP was limited for IPTp use in pregnant women in Tanzania. METHODS: P. falciparum genomic DNA was extracted from dried blood spots prepared from a finger prick. Extracted DNA were sequenced using a single MiSeq lane by combining all PCR products. Genotyping of Pfdhfr and Pfdhps mutations were done using bcftools whereas custom scripts were used to filter and translate genotypes into SP resistance haplotypes. RESULTS: The Pfdhfr was analyzed from 445 samples, the wild type (WT) Pfdhfr haplotype NCSI was detected in 6 (1.3%) samples. Triple PfdhfrIRNI (mutations are bolded and underlined) haplotype was dominant, contributing to 84% (number [n] = 374) of haplotypes while 446 samples were studied for Pfdhps, WT for Pfdhps (SAKAA) was found in 6.7% (n = 30) in samples. Double Pfdhps haplotype (SGEAA) accounted for 83% of all mutations at Pfdhps gene. Of 447 Pfdhfr-Pfdhps combined genotypes, only 0.9% (n = 4) samples contained WT gene (SAKAA-NCSI). Quintuple (five) mutations, SGEAA-IRNI accounted for 71.4% (n = 319) whereas 0.2% (n = 1) had septuple (seven) mutations (AGKGS-IRNI). The overall prevalence of Pfdhfr K540E was 90.4% (n = 396) while Pfdhps A581G was 1.1% (n = 5). CONCLUSIONS: This study found high prevalence of Pfdhfr-Pfdhps quintuple and presence of septuple mutations. Mutations at Pfdhfr K540E and Pfdhps A581G, major predictors for IPTp-SP failure were within the recommended WHO range. Abandonment of IPTp-SP is recommended in settings where the Pfdhfr K540E prevalence is > 95% and Pfdhps A581G is > 10% as SP is likely to be not effective. Nonetheless, saturation in Pfdhfr and Pfdhps haplotypes is alarming, a search for alternative antimalarial drug for IPTp in the study area is recommended.


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Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Di-Hidropteroato Sintase/genética , Malária Falciparum/epidemiologia , Malária Falciparum/prevenção & controle , Mutação , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Complicações Parasitárias na Gravidez/epidemiologia , Complicações Parasitárias na Gravidez/prevenção & controle , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Pirimetamina/uso terapêutico , Sulfadoxina/uso terapêutico , Tetra-Hidrofolato Desidrogenase/genética , DNA de Protozoário/genética , DNA de Protozoário/isolamento & purificação , Combinação de Medicamentos , Resistência Microbiana a Medicamentos/genética , Feminino , Haplótipos , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Plasmodium falciparum/enzimologia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Gravidez , Prevalência , Tanzânia/epidemiologia , Resultado do Tratamento
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 533, 2020 Jul 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32698879

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BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum parasites, which could harbour anti-malaria drug resistance genes, are commonly detected in blood donors in malaria-endemic areas. Notwithstanding, anti-malaria drug resistant biomarkers have not been characterized in blood donors with asymptomatic P. falciparum infection. METHODS: A total of 771 blood donors were selected from five districts in the Greater Accra Region, Ghana. Each donor sample was screened with malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) kit and parasitaemia quantified microscopically. Dried blood spots from malaria positive samples were genotyped for P. falciparum chloroquine resistance transporter (Pfcrt), P. falciparum multi-drug resistance (Pfmdr1), P. falciparum dihydropteroate-synthetase (Pfdhps), P. falciparum dihydrofolate-reductase (Pfdhfr) and Kelch 13 propeller domain on chromosome 13 (Kelch 13) genes. RESULTS: Of the 771 blood donors, 91 (11.8%) were positive by RDT. Analysis of sequence reads indicated successful genotyping of Pfcrt, Pfmdr1, Pfdhfr, Pfdhps and Kelch 13 genes in 84.6, 81.3, 86.8, 86.9 and 92.3% of the isolates respectively. Overall, 21 different mutant haplotypes were identified in 69 isolates (75.8%). In Pfcrt, CVIET haplotype was observed in 11.6% samples while in Pfmdr1, triple mutation (resulting in YFN haplotype) was detected in 8.1% of isolates. In Pfdhfr gene, triple mutation resulting in IRNI haplotype and in Pfdhps gene, quintuple mutation resulting in AGESS haplotype was identified in 17.7% parasite isolates. Finally, five non-synonymous Kelch 13 alleles were detected; C580Y (3.6%), P615L (4.8%), A578S (4.8%), I543V (2.4%) and A676S (1.2%) were detected. CONCLUSION: Results obtained in this study indicated various frequencies of mutant alleles in Pfcrt, Pfmdr1, Pfdhfr, Pfdhps and Kelch 13 genes from P. falciparum infected blood donors. These alleles could reduce the efficacy of standard malaria treatment in transfusion-transmitted malaria cases. Incorporating malaria screening into donor screening protocol to defer infected donors is therefore recommended.


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Doadores de Sangue , Resistência Microbiana a Medicamentos/genética , Resistência a Múltiplos Medicamentos/genética , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Malária Falciparum/epidemiologia , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Adolescente , Adulto , Alelos , Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Doenças Assintomáticas , Biomarcadores , Cloroquina/uso terapêutico , Estudos Transversais , Di-Hidropteroato Sintase/genética , Feminino , Frequência do Gene , Gana/epidemiologia , Haplótipos , Humanos , Repetição Kelch/genética , Malária Falciparum/diagnóstico , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Masculino , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Proteínas Associadas à Resistência a Múltiplos Medicamentos/genética , Mutação , Plasmodium falciparum/isolamento & purificação , Prevalência , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Tetra-Hidrofolato Desidrogenase/genética , Adulto Jovem
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(28): 16546-16556, 2020 07 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32601225

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During blood-stage development, malaria parasites are challenged with the detoxification of enormous amounts of heme released during the proteolytic catabolism of erythrocytic hemoglobin. They tackle this problem by sequestering heme into bioinert crystals known as hemozoin. The mechanisms underlying this biomineralization process remain enigmatic. Here, we demonstrate that both rodent and human malaria parasite species secrete and internalize a lipocalin-like protein, PV5, to control heme crystallization. Transcriptional deregulation of PV5 in the rodent parasite Plasmodium berghei results in inordinate elongation of hemozoin crystals, while conditional PV5 inactivation in the human malaria agent Plasmodium falciparum causes excessive multidirectional crystal branching. Although hemoglobin processing remains unaffected, PV5-deficient parasites generate less hemozoin. Electron diffraction analysis indicates that despite the distinct changes in crystal morphology, neither the crystalline order nor unit cell of hemozoin are affected by impaired PV5 function. Deregulation of PV5 expression renders P. berghei hypersensitive to the antimalarial drugs artesunate, chloroquine, and atovaquone, resulting in accelerated parasite clearance following drug treatment in vivo. Together, our findings demonstrate the Plasmodium-tailored role of a lipocalin family member in hemozoin formation and underscore the heme biomineralization pathway as an attractive target for therapeutic exploitation.


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Heme/metabolismo , Lipocalinas/metabolismo , Malária/parasitologia , Plasmodium berghei/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/metabolismo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Hemeproteínas/genética , Hemeproteínas/metabolismo , Humanos , Lipocalinas/química , Lipocalinas/genética , Malária/metabolismo , Camundongos , Plasmodium berghei/química , Plasmodium berghei/genética , Plasmodium falciparum/química , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/química , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0236369, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32702040

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Histidine-rich protein 2 (HRP2) detecting rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) have played an important role in enabling prompt malaria diagnosis in remote locations. However, emergence of pfhrp2 deleted parasites is threatening the efficacy of RDTs, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted surveillance of these deletions as a priority. Nested PCR is used to confirm pfhrp2 deletion but is costly and laborious. Due to spurious amplification of paralogue pfhrp3, the identity of nested exon 1 PCR product must be confirmed by sequencing. Here we describe a new one-step PCR method for detection of pfhrp2. To determine sensitivity and specificity, all PCRs were performed in triplicate. Using photo-induced electron transfer (PET) PCR detecting 18srRNA as true positive, one-step had comparable sensitivity of 95.0% (88.7-98.4%) to nested exon 1, 99.0% (94.6-99.9%) and nested exon 2, 98.0% (93.0-99.8%), and comparable specificity 93.8% (69.8-99.8%) to nested exon 1 100.0% (79.4-100.0%) and nested exon 2, 100.0% (74.4-100.0%). Sequencing revealed that one step PCR does not amplify pfhrp3. Logistic regression models applied to measure the 95% level of detection of the one-step PCR in clinical isolates provided estimates of 133p/µL (95% confidence interval (CI): 3-793p/µL) for whole blood (WB) samples and 385p/µL (95% CI: 31-2133 p/µL) for dried blood spots (DBSs). When considering protocol attributes, the one-step PCR is less expensive, faster and more suitable for high throughput. In summary, we have developed a more accurate PCR method that may be ideal for the application of the WHO protocol for investigating pfhrp2 deletions in symptomatic individuals presenting to health care facilities.


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Antígenos de Protozoários/genética , Malária Falciparum/diagnóstico , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase/métodos , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Testes Diagnósticos de Rotina , Deleção de Genes , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/genética , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Plasmodium falciparum/patogenicidade
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 413, 2020 Jun 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32539801

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BACKGROUND: Successful control programs have impeded local malaria transmission in almost all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, a prodigious influx of imported malaria via migrant workers sustains the threat of local transmission. Here we examine the origin of imported malaria in Qatar, assess genetic diversity and the prevalence of drug resistance genes in imported Plasmodium falciparum, and finally, address the potential for the reintroduction of local transmission. METHODS: This study examined imported malaria cases reported in Qatar, between 2013 and 2016. We focused on P. falciparum infections and estimated both total parasite and gametocyte density, using qPCR and qRT-PCR, respectively. We also examined ten neutral microsatellites and four genes associated with drug resistance, Pfmrp1, Pfcrt, Pfmdr1, and Pfkelch13, to assess the genetic diversity of imported P. falciparum strains, and the potential for propagating drug resistance genotypes respectively. RESULTS: The majority of imported malaria cases were P. vivax, while P. falciparum and mixed species infections (P. falciparum / P. vivax) were less frequent. The primary origin of P. vivax infection was the Indian subcontinent, while P. falciparum was mostly presented by African expatriates. Imported P. falciparum strains were highly diverse, carrying multiple genotypes, and infections also presented with early- and late-stage gametocytes. We observed a high prevalence of mutations implicated in drug resistance among these strains, including novel SNPs in Pfkelch13. CONCLUSIONS: The influx of genetically diverse P. falciparum, with multiple drug resistance markers and a high capacity for gametocyte production, represents a threat for the reestablishment of drug-resistant malaria into GCC countries. This scenario highlights the impact of mass international migration on the reintroduction of malaria to areas with absent or limited local transmission.


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Doenças Transmissíveis Importadas/transmissão , Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Malária/transmissão , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Doenças Transmissíveis Importadas/epidemiologia , Doenças Transmissíveis Importadas/parasitologia , Variação Genética , Genótipo , Humanos , Malária/epidemiologia , Malária/parasitologia , Carga Parasitária , Plasmodium falciparum/isolamento & purificação , Plasmodium vivax/genética , Plasmodium vivax/isolamento & purificação , Prevalência , Catar/epidemiologia
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(6): e1008640, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32569299

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Ubiquitylation is a common post translational modification of eukaryotic proteins and in the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) overall ubiquitylation increases in the transition from intracellular schizont to extracellular merozoite stages in the asexual blood stage cycle. Here, we identify specific ubiquitylation sites of protein substrates in three intraerythrocytic parasite stages and extracellular merozoites; a total of 1464 sites in 546 proteins were identified (data available via ProteomeXchange with identifier PXD014998). 469 ubiquitylated proteins were identified in merozoites compared with only 160 in the preceding intracellular schizont stage, suggesting a large increase in protein ubiquitylation associated with merozoite maturation. Following merozoite invasion of erythrocytes, few ubiquitylated proteins were detected in the first intracellular ring stage but as parasites matured through trophozoite to schizont stages the apparent extent of ubiquitylation increased. We identified commonly used ubiquitylation motifs and groups of ubiquitylated proteins in specific areas of cellular function, for example merozoite pellicle proteins involved in erythrocyte invasion, exported proteins, and histones. To investigate the importance of ubiquitylation we screened ubiquitin pathway inhibitors in a parasite growth assay and identified the ubiquitin activating enzyme (UBA1 or E1) inhibitor MLN7243 (TAK-243) to be particularly effective. This small molecule was shown to be a potent inhibitor of recombinant PfUBA1, and a structural homology model of MLN7243 bound to the parasite enzyme highlights avenues for the development of P. falciparum specific inhibitors. We created a genetically modified parasite with a rapamycin-inducible functional deletion of uba1; addition of either MLN7243 or rapamycin to the recombinant parasite line resulted in the same phenotype, with parasite development blocked at the schizont stage. Nuclear division and formation of intracellular structures was interrupted. These results indicate that the intracellular target of MLN7243 is UBA1, and this activity is essential for the final differentiation of schizonts to merozoites.


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Merozoítos/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/metabolismo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Ubiquitina/metabolismo , Ubiquitinação , Humanos , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Ubiquitina/genética
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(6): e1008485, 2020 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32589689

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Ozonide antimalarials, OZ277 (arterolane) and OZ439 (artefenomel), are synthetic peroxide-based antimalarials with potent activity against the deadliest malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. Here we used a "multi-omics" workflow, in combination with activity-based protein profiling (ABPP), to demonstrate that peroxide antimalarials initially target the haemoglobin (Hb) digestion pathway to kill malaria parasites. Time-dependent metabolomic profiling of ozonide-treated P. falciparum infected red blood cells revealed a rapid depletion of short Hb-derived peptides followed by subsequent alterations in lipid and nucleotide metabolism, while untargeted peptidomics showed accumulation of longer Hb-derived peptides. Quantitative proteomics and ABPP assays demonstrated that Hb-digesting proteases were increased in abundance and activity following treatment, respectively. Ozonide-induced depletion of short Hb-derived peptides was less extensive in a drug-treated K13-mutant artemisinin resistant parasite line (Cam3.IIR539T) than in the drug-treated isogenic sensitive strain (Cam3.IIrev), further confirming the association between ozonide activity and Hb catabolism. To demonstrate that compromised Hb catabolism may be a primary mechanism involved in ozonide antimalarial activity, we showed that parasites forced to rely solely on Hb digestion for amino acids became hypersensitive to short ozonide exposures. Quantitative proteomics analysis also revealed parasite proteins involved in translation and the ubiquitin-proteasome system were enriched following drug treatment, suggestive of the parasite engaging a stress response to mitigate ozonide-induced damage. Taken together, these data point to a mechanism of action involving initial impairment of Hb catabolism, and indicate that the parasite regulates protein turnover to manage ozonide-induced damage.


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Adamantano/análogos & derivados , Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Eritrócitos , Hemoglobinas/metabolismo , Compostos Heterocíclicos com 1 Anel/farmacologia , Peróxidos/farmacologia , Plasmodium falciparum/metabolismo , Compostos de Espiro/farmacologia , Adamantano/farmacologia , Eritrócitos/metabolismo , Eritrócitos/parasitologia , Hemoglobinas/genética , Compostos Heterocíclicos/química , Compostos Heterocíclicos/farmacologia , Humanos , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Proteômica
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 2763, 2020 06 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32488076

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Malaria parasites complete their intra-erythrocytic developmental cycle (IDC) in multiples of 24 h suggesting a circadian basis, but the mechanism controlling this periodicity is unknown. Combining in vivo and in vitro approaches utilizing rodent and human malaria parasites, we reveal that: (i) 57% of Plasmodium chabaudi genes exhibit daily rhythms in transcription; (ii) 58% of these genes lose transcriptional rhythmicity when the IDC is out-of-synchrony with host rhythms; (iii) 6% of Plasmodium falciparum genes show 24 h rhythms in expression under free-running conditions; (iv) Serpentine receptor 10 (SR10) has a 24 h transcriptional rhythm and disrupting it in rodent malaria parasites shortens the IDC by 2-3 h; (v) Multiple processes including DNA replication, and the ubiquitin and proteasome pathways, are affected by loss of coordination with host rhythms and by disruption of SR10. Our results reveal malaria parasites are at least partly responsible for scheduling the IDC and coordinating their development with host daily rhythms.


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Ritmo Circadiano/fisiologia , Eritropoese/fisiologia , Interações Hospedeiro-Parasita/fisiologia , Malária/metabolismo , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/metabolismo , Alcaloides de Triptamina e Secologanina/metabolismo , Animais , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Expressão Gênica , Interações Hospedeiro-Parasita/genética , Humanos , Malária/parasitologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Plasmodium chabaudi/genética , Plasmodium chabaudi/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Plasmodium falciparum/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/genética , Roedores , Transcriptoma
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0234263, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32525900

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The current context of malaria elimination requires urgent development and implementation of highly sensitive and specific methods for prompt detection and treatment of malaria parasites. Such methods should overcome current delays in diagnosis, allow the detection of low-density infections and address the difficulties in accessing remote endemic communities. In this study, we assessed the performance of the RealAmp and malachite-green loop mediated isothermal amplification (MG-LAMP) methodologies, using microscopy and conventional nested-PCR as reference techniques. Both LAMP techniques were performed for Plasmodium genus, P. falciparum, and P. vivax identification using 136 whole blood samples collected from three communities located in the Peruvian Amazon basin. Turnaround time and costs of performing the LAMP assays were estimated and compared to that of microscopy and nested-PCR. Using nested-PCR as reference standard, we calculated the sensitivity, specificity and 95% confidence interval (CI) for all methods. RealAmp had a sensitivity of 92% (95% CI: 85-96.5%) and specificity of 100% (95% CI: 89.1-100%) for species detection; sensitivity and specificity of MG-LAMP were 94% (95% CI: 87.5-97.8%) and 100% (89.1-100%), respectively. Whereas microscopy showed 88.1% sensitivity (95% CI: 80.2-93.7%) and 100% specificity (95%: 89.1-100%). The turnaround time and costs of performing the LAMP assays were lower compared to those associated with nested-PCR but higher than those associated with microscopy. The two LAMP assays were shown to be more sensitive and simple to implement than microscopy. Both LAMP methodologies could be used as large-scale screening tests, but the MG-LAMP assay uses a simple, portable heat-block while the RealAmp requires a RealAmp machine or a real-time PCR machine. This makes the MG-LAMP an appropriate choice for malaria surveillance studies in endemic sites. Use of LAMP tests in active case detection of Plasmodium parasites could help to detect positive malaria cases early.


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Técnicas de Amplificação de Ácido Nucleico/métodos , Compostos Organometálicos/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Plasmodium falciparum/isolamento & purificação , Plasmodium vivax/genética , Plasmodium vivax/isolamento & purificação , Temperatura , Adulto , Feminino , Humanos , Limite de Detecção , Malária Falciparum/diagnóstico , Malária Vivax/diagnóstico , Masculino , Plasmodium falciparum/fisiologia , Plasmodium vivax/fisiologia , Fatores de Tempo
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(24): 13719-13729, 2020 06 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32482878

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The human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, contains an essential plastid called the apicoplast. Most apicoplast proteins are encoded by the nuclear genome and it is unclear how the plastid proteome is regulated. Here, we study an apicoplast-localized caseinolytic-protease (Clp) system and how it regulates organelle proteostasis. Using null and conditional mutants, we demonstrate that the P. falciparum Clp protease (PfClpP) has robust enzymatic activity that is essential for apicoplast biogenesis. We developed a CRISPR/Cas9-based system to express catalytically dead PfClpP, which showed that PfClpP oligomerizes as a zymogen and is matured via transautocatalysis. The expression of both wild-type and mutant Clp chaperone (PfClpC) variants revealed a functional chaperone-protease interaction. Conditional mutants of the substrate-adaptor (PfClpS) demonstrated its essential function in plastid biogenesis. A combination of multiple affinity purification screens identified the Clp complex composition as well as putative Clp substrates. This comprehensive study reveals the molecular composition and interactions influencing the proteolytic function of the apicoplast Clp system and demonstrates its central role in the biogenesis of the plastid in malaria parasites.


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Apicoplastos/enzimologia , Endopeptidase Clp/metabolismo , Plasmodium falciparum/enzimologia , Proteínas de Protozoários/metabolismo , Animais , Apicoplastos/genética , Endopeptidase Clp/genética , Humanos , Malária/parasitologia , Biogênese de Organelas , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Proteólise , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(5): e0008295, 2020 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32379762

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Genetic epidemiology can provide important insights into parasite transmission that can inform public health interventions. The current study compared long-term changes in the genetic diversity and structure of co-endemic Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax populations. The study was conducted in Papua Indonesia, where high-grade chloroquine resistance in P. falciparum and P. vivax led to a universal policy of Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT) in 2006. Microsatellite typing and population genetic analyses were undertaken on available isolates collected between 2004 and 2017 from patients with uncomplicated malaria (n = 666 P. falciparum and n = 615 P. vivax). The proportion of polyclonal P. falciparum infections fell from 28% (38/135) before policy change (2004-2006) to 18% (22/125) at the end of the study (2015-2017); p<0.001. Over the same period, polyclonal P. vivax infections fell from 67% (80/119) to 35% (33/93); p<0.001. P. falciparum strains persisted for up to 9 years compared to 3 months for P. vivax, reflecting higher rates of outbreeding in the latter. Sub-structure was observed in the P. falciparum population, but not in P. vivax, confirming different patterns of outbreeding. The P. falciparum population exhibited 4 subpopulations that changed in frequency over time. Notably, a sharp rise was observed in the frequency of a minor subpopulation (K2) in the late post-ACT period, accounting for 100% of infections in late 2016-2017. The results confirm epidemiological evidence of reduced P. falciparum and P. vivax transmission over time. The smaller change in P. vivax population structure is consistent with greater outbreeding associated with relapsing infections and highlights the need for radical cure to reduce recurrent infections. The study emphasizes the challenge in disrupting P. vivax transmission and demonstrates the potential of molecular data to inform on the impact of public health interventions.


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Antimaláricos/uso terapêutico , Artemisininas/uso terapêutico , Monitoramento Epidemiológico , Lactonas/uso terapêutico , Malária Falciparum/tratamento farmacológico , Malária Falciparum/epidemiologia , Malária Vivax/tratamento farmacológico , Malária Vivax/epidemiologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Quimioterapia Combinada/métodos , Feminino , Variação Genética , Técnicas de Genotipagem , Humanos , Indonésia , Masculino , Repetições de Microssatélites , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Epidemiologia Molecular , Plasmodium falciparum/classificação , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Plasmodium falciparum/isolamento & purificação , Plasmodium vivax/classificação , Plasmodium vivax/genética , Plasmodium vivax/isolamento & purificação , Adulto Jovem
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Zhongguo Xue Xi Chong Bing Fang Zhi Za Zhi ; 32(2): 174-180, 2020 Mar 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32458607

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: To detect the chloroquine-resistant molecular marker polymorphisms in Plasmodium falciparum imported into China, investigate the mutation types of P. falciparum chloroquine resistant transporter (Pfcrt) gene at positions 72 to 76, and analyze the specificity of the P. falciparum specimens with different origins. METHODS: A total of 674 filter paper blood samples were collected from the National Malaria Diagnosis Reference Laboratory of China in 2012 and 2018. The amino acid po- sitions 72 to 76 of the Pfcrt gene on chromosome 7 were amplified using nested PCR assay and sequenced, and the sequencing results of the target gene fragment and the geographical region-specific prevalence of the mutations in the Pfcrt gene were analyzed. RESULTS: Among the 674 imported P. falciparum malaria cases in China in 2012 and 2018, 99.5% (644/674) were from Africa, which were predominantly from western and central Africa (80.4%, 518/644), and 4.5% (30/674) from Southeast Asia and Oceania (Papua New Guinea). A total of 4 site mutations (C72S, M74I, N75E and K76T) and 5 haplotypes (CVMNK, CVIET and SVMNT and two mixed types) were identified, with haplotypes CVMNK and CVIET present in parasites of both African and Southeast Asian origins, SVMNT detected in Southeast Asia (Myanmar) and Papua New Guinea isolates, the mixed type of haplo- types CVMNK/CVIET detected in P. falciparum of African and Southeast Asian origins, and the mixed type of haplotypes CVMNK/SVMNT detected only in the Myanmar isolate. Most P. falciparum parasites of the African origin carried the wild-type Pfcrt allele (77.7%, 478/615), and 68.0% (17/25) of the P. falciparum parasites of the Southeast Asian and Papua New Guinea or- igins harbored chloroquine resistant molecular markers (χ2 = 28.5, P < 0.05). The constituent ratio of the wild- and mutant-type Pfcrt allele varied in different geographical regions of Africa (P < 0.01), and the lowest prevalence of the wild-type Pfcrt allele was seen in western Africa. CONCLUSIONS: Among the 674 imported malaria cases in China in 2012 and 2018, the P. falciparum imported from Sotheast Asia habors a higher proportion of resistance to chloroquine and a higher molecular polymophism at ami- no acid positions 72 to 76 of the Pfcrt gene than the parasite of the African origin.


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Cloroquina , Doenças Transmissíveis Importadas , Malária Falciparum , Plasmodium falciparum , Polimorfismo Genético , Proteínas de Protozoários , África , Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Ásia , China , Cloroquina/farmacologia , Doenças Transmissíveis Importadas/parasitologia , Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Haplótipos , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Plasmodium falciparum/efeitos dos fármacos , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Proteínas de Protozoários/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 2107, 2020 04 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32355199

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) harbors 11% of global malaria cases, yet little is known about the spatial and genetic structure of the parasite population in that country. We sequence 2537 Plasmodium falciparum infections, including a nationally representative population sample from DRC and samples from surrounding countries, using molecular inversion probes - a high-throughput genotyping tool. We identify an east-west divide in haplotypes known to confer resistance to chloroquine and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine. Furthermore, we identify highly related parasites over large geographic distances, indicative of gene flow and migration. Our results are consistent with a background of isolation by distance combined with the effects of selection for antimalarial drug resistance. This study provides a high-resolution view of parasite genetic structure across a large country in Africa and provides a baseline to study how implementation programs may impact parasite populations.


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Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Resistência a Medicamentos/genética , Plasmodium falciparum/efeitos dos fármacos , Plasmodium falciparum/genética , Cloroquina/farmacologia , República Democrática do Congo , Combinação de Medicamentos , Genoma de Protozoário , Genótipo , Geografia , Haplótipos , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Malária Falciparum/prevenção & controle , Mutação , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Análise de Componente Principal , Pirimetamina/farmacologia , Sulfadoxina/farmacologia
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