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Common virulence gene expression in adult first-time infected malaria patients and severe cases

J Stephan Wichers, Gerry Tonkin-Hill, Thorsten Thye, Ralf Krumkamp, Benno Kreuels, Jan Strauss, Heidrun von Thien, Judith AM Scholz, Helle Smedegaard Hansson, Rasmus Weisel Jensen, Louise Turner, Freia-Raphaella Lorenz, Anna Schollhorn, Iris Bruchhaus, Egbert Tannich, Rolf Fendel, Thomas D Otto, Thomas Lavstsen, Tim W Gilberger, Michael F Duffy Show all



Sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum(P. falciparum)-infected erythrocytes to host endothelium through the parasite-derived P. falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) adhesion proteins is central to the development of malaria pathogenesis. PfEMP1 proteins have diversified and expanded to encompass many sequence variants, conferring each parasite a similar array of human endothelial receptor-binding phenotypes. Here, we analyzed RNA-seq profiles of parasites isolated from 32 P. falciparum-infected adult travellers returning to Germany. Patients were categorized into either malaria naive (n = 15) or pre-exposed (n = 17), and into severe (n = 8) or non-severe (n = 24) cases. For dif..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft BA 5213/3-1 Jan Stephan Wichers Anna BachmannDanish Council for Independent Research 9039-00285B Rasmus Weisel Jensen Louise Turner Thomas LavstsenDeutsches Zentrum fur Infektionsforschung TTU Malaria Ralf Krumkamp Egbert Tannich Rolf Fendel Anna BachmannDESY PIF-2018-87 Jan Strauss Tim Wolf GilbergerUniversitat Hamburg Judith Anna Marie ScholzNational Health and Medical Research Council Michael DuffyKirsten og Freddy Johansens Fond Rasmus Weisel Jensen Louise Turner Thomas LavstsenLundbeckfonden R344-2020-934 Rasmus Weisel Jensen Louise Turner Thomas LavstsenWellcome Trust 104111/Z/14/ZR Thomas D OttoThe funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.