Many white-tailed deer have malaria

By chance, scientists have discovered a malaria parasite that infects white-tailed deer. It's the first-ever malaria parasite known to live in a deer species and the only native malaria parasite found in any mammal in North or South America.
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Not in person, as both are rather historical, but when in Paris, I encountered:Dr Alphonse LaveranandDr Paul GachetDr Laveran has a square named after him, adjacent to the Ecole de Val de Grace, a school of military medicine, where he worked after serving in the army as a physician, and where his father had held the same post.   Paris is good at telling you who a street is named after, so the street sign tells you he was the first French winner of theNobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology.  He won it for identifying both malaria and sleeping sickness as caused by parasites.Dr Gachet has aportrait in the...
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In this study, we investigated the role of GBP2 in virulence and sexual development of P. berghei using gbp2-deleted P. berghei (Δgbp2 parasites). Then, to identify factors affected by gbp2 deletion, we performed a comparative proteomic analysis of the Δgbp2 parasites. We found that GBP2 was not associated with the development of experimental cerebral malaria during infection with P. berghei, but asexual development of the parasite was delayed with deletion of gbp2. However, the development of P. berghei gametocytes was significantly reduced with deletion of gbp2. Comparative proteomic analysis revealed that th...
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Source: Malaria Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Methodology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: J Immunol Source Type: research
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Source: Malaria Journal - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
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Abstract Natural extracts containing high polyphenolic concentration possess antibacterial, anti-parasitic and fungicidal activities. The present research characterises two extracts based on white grape marc, a winemaking by-product, describing their physicochemical features and antimicrobial capacities. The main components of these extracts are phenolic acids, flavan-3-ols and their gallates and flavonols and their glycosides. As a result of this complex composition, the extracts showed pronounced bioactivities with potential uses in agricultural, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Polyphenol compounds were ...
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