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BoneMalar SIGNED

Mechanisms of bone marrow sequestration during malaria infection

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙298˙557 €
 EC max contribution 2˙298˙557 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2021-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW UK (GLASGOW) coordinator 2˙298˙557.00


 Project objective

Malaria remains a major problem of public health in developing countries. It is responsible for about 600000 deaths per year, predominantly children in sub-Saharan Africa. There is an urgent need for novel therapies as resistance against current treatments is widespread. The complex parasite biology requires a multifaceted approach targeting multiple life cycle stages and virulence pathways. The pathogenesis of the most deadly of human malaria parasites, Plasmodium falciparum, is related to the capability of infected red blood cells to sequester in deep tissues. Sequestration is critical for the completion of the red blood cell cycle because the release of parasites into the blood circulation allows recognition by surveillance macrophages and clearance in the spleen. A series of studies have since led to the understanding that sequestration of asexually replicating parasites is caused by the adherence of parasite infected red blood cells to the vascular endothelium of various tissues in the body. We have recently demonstrated that gametocytes, the only stage capable of transmission to the mosquito vector, develop in the extravascular environment of the human bone marrow. Preliminary studies in the mouse model have confirmed this finding and also suggest existence of an asexual reservoir in the bone marrow. In this innovative multidiscipinary proposal we aim to investigate the host pathogen interactions at the interface between infected red blood cell and bone marrow vasculature. Specifically we will focus on the following questions: how do parasites home to bone marrow? What are the changes in the bone marrow endothelium upon infection? How do parasites adhere with and transmigrate across the vascular endothelium in the bone marrow? The proposed studies initiate detailed characterization of a new paradigm in malaria parasite interaction with the host vasculature and provide a compelling new avenue for intervention strategies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Kathleen W. Dantzler, Siyuan Ma, Priscilla Ngotho, Will J. R. Stone, Dingyin Tao, Sanna Rijpma, Mariana De Niz, Sandra K. Nilsson Bark, Matthijs M. Jore, Tonke K. Raaijmakers, Angela M. Early, Ceereena Ubaida-Mohien, Leandro Lemgruber, Joseph J. Campo, Andy A. Teng, Timothy Q. Le, Cassidy L. Walker, Patricia Hermand, Philippe Deterre, D. Huw Davies, Phil Felgner, Isabelle Morlais, Dyann F. Wirth,
Naturally acquired immunity against immature Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes
published pages: eaav3963, ISSN: 1946-6234, DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aav3963
Science Translational Medicine 11/495 2019-08-30
2019 Priscilla Ngotho, Alexandra Blancke Soares, Franziska Hentzschel, Fiona Achcar, Lucia Bertuccini, Matthias Marti
Revisiting gametocyte biology in malaria parasites
published pages: 401-414, ISSN: 1574-6976, DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuz010
FEMS Microbiology Reviews 43/4 2019-08-29
2018 Mariana De Niz, Elamaran Meibalan, Pedro Mejia, Siyuan Ma, Nicolas M. B. Brancucci, Carolina Agop-Nersesian, Rebecca Mandt, Priscilla Ngotho, Katie R. Hughes, Andrew P. Waters, Curtis Huttenhower, James R. Mitchell, Roberta Martinelli, Friedrich Frischknecht, Karl B. Seydel, Terrie Taylor, Danny Milner, Volker T. Heussler, Matthias Marti
Plasmodium gametocytes display homing and vascular transmigration in the host bone marrow
published pages: eaat3775, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat3775
Science Advances 4/5 2019-05-10
2017 Pedro Mejia, J. Humberto Treviño-Villarreal, Justin S. Reynolds, Mariana De Niz, Andrew Thompson, Matthias Marti, James R. Mitchell
A single rapamycin dose protects against late-stage experimental cerebral malaria via modulation of host immunity, endothelial activation and parasite sequestration
published pages: , ISSN: 1475-2875, DOI: 10.1186/s12936-017-2092-5
Malaria Journal 16/1 2019-05-10

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