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Troye-Blomberg, M., Arama, C., Quin, J., Bujila, I. & Östlund Farrants, A.-K. (2020). What will studies of Fulani individuals naturally exposed to malaria teach us about protective immunity to malaria?. Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, 92(4), Article ID e12932.
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2020 (engelsk)Inngår i: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0300-9475, E-ISSN 1365-3083, Vol. 92, nr 4, artikkel-id e12932Artikkel, forskningsoversikt (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

There are an estimated over 200 million yearly cases of malaria worldwide. Despite concerted international effort to combat the disease, it still causes approximately half a million deaths every year, the majority of which are young children with Plasmodium falciparum infection in sub-Saharan Africa. Successes are largely attributed to malaria prevention strategies, such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets and indoor spraying, as well as improved access to existing treatments. One important hurdle to new approaches for the treatment and prevention of malaria is our limited understanding of the biology of Plasmodium infection and its complex interaction with the immune system of its human host. Therefore, the elimination of malaria in Africa not only relies on existing tools to reduce malaria burden, but also requires fundamental research to develop innovative approaches. Here, we summarize our discoveries from investigations of ethnic groups of West Africa who have different susceptibility to malaria.

Emneord
B cells, dendritic cells, inflammation, macrophages, monocytes, parasitic, T cells
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-187673 (URN)10.1111/sji.12932 (DOI)000576528300014 ()32652609 (PubMedID)
Tilgjengelig fra: 2020-12-21 Laget: 2020-12-21 Sist oppdatert: 2022-03-23bibliografisk kontrollert
Quin, J. E., Bujila, I., Chérif, M., Sanou, G. S., Qu, Y., Homann, M. V., . . . Östlund Farrants, A.-K. (2017). Major transcriptional changes observed in the Fulani, an ethnic group less susceptible to malaria. eLIFE, 6, Article ID e29156.
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2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: eLIFE, E-ISSN 2050-084X, Vol. 6, artikkel-id e29156Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

The Fulani ethnic group has relatively better protection from Plasmodium falciparum malaria, as reflected by fewer symptomatic cases of malaria, lower infection rates, and lower parasite densities compared to sympatric ethnic groups. However, the basis for this lower susceptibility to malaria by the Fulani is unknown. The incidence of classic malaria resistance genes are lower in the Fulani than in other sympatric ethnic populations, and targeted SNP analyses of other candidate genes involved in the immune response to malaria have not been able to account for the observed difference in the Fulani susceptibility to P.falciparum. Therefore, we have performed a pilot study to examine global transcription and DNA methylation patterns in specific immune cell populations in the Fulani to elucidate the mechanisms that confer the lower susceptibility to P.falciparum malaria. When we compared uninfected and infected Fulani individuals, in contrast to uninfected and infected individuals from the sympatric ethnic group Mossi, we observed a key difference: a strong transcriptional response was only detected in the monocyte fraction of the Fulani, where over 1000 genes were significantly differentially expressed upon P.falciparum infection.

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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-148886 (URN)10.7554/eLife.29156 (DOI)000412360800001 ()
Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-11-21 Laget: 2017-11-21 Sist oppdatert: 2022-03-23bibliografisk kontrollert
Bujila, I., Schwarzer, E., Skorokhod, O., Weidner, J. M., Troye-Blomberg, M. & Östlund Farrants, A.-K. (2016). Malaria-derived hemozoin exerts early modulatory effects on the phenotype and maturation of human dendritic cells. Cellular Microbiology, 18(3), 413-423
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2016 (engelsk)Inngår i: Cellular Microbiology, ISSN 1462-5814, E-ISSN 1462-5822, Vol. 18, nr 3, s. 413-423Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum)-induced effects on the phenotype of human dendritic cells (DC) could contribute to poor induction of long-lasting protective immunity against malaria. DC ability to present antigens to naïve T cells, thus initiating adaptive immune responses depends on complex switches in chemokine receptors, production of soluble mediators and expression of molecules enabling antigen-presentation and maturation. To examine the cellular basis of these processes in the context of malaria, we performed detailed analysis of early events following exposure of human monocyte-derived DC to natural hemozoin (nHZ) and the synthetic analog of its heme core, β-hematin. DC exposed to either molecule produced high levels of the inflammatory chemokine MCP-1, showed continuous high expression of the inflammatory chemokine receptor CCR5, no upregulation of the lymphoid homing receptor CCR7 and no cytoskeletal actin redistribution with loss of podosomes. DC partially matured as indicated by increased expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II and CD86 following nHZ and β-hematin exposure, however there was a lack in expression of the maturation marker CD83 following nHZ but not β-hematin exposure. Overall our data demonstrate that exposure to nHZ partially impairs the capacity of DC to mature, an effect in part differential to β-hematin.

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Forskningsprogram
immunologi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125622 (URN)10.1111/cmi.12521 (DOI)000370643500009 ()26348250 (PubMedID)
Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-01-15 Laget: 2016-01-15 Sist oppdatert: 2022-02-23bibliografisk kontrollert
Bujila, I. (2016). Plasmodium falciparum-mediated modulation of innate immune cells: responses and regulation. (Doctoral dissertation). Stockholm: Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Plasmodium falciparum-mediated modulation of innate immune cells: responses and regulation
2016 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) infection modulates the response of innate immune cells. The aim of this work was to study the impact of P. falciparum infection and P. falciparum-derived molecules on the response of dendritic cells (DC) and monocytes.

In paper I we investigated the effects of natural hemozoin (nHZ), a P. falciparum-derived molecule, on the phenotype and functionality of DC. We found that exposure to nHZ impaired the capacity of DC to mature. Paper II is a follow-up on paper I, where the underlying transcriptional events preceding the nHZ-induced impairment of DC maturation were investigated. More specifically, we examined the involvement of certain transcription factors, subunits of chromatin remodeling complexes and histone modifications in the regulation of DC maturation. Our findings suggest that nHZ-exposure of DC does not lead to recruitment or enrichment of molecules needed for transcriptional activation. In paper III we investigated P. falciparum effects in vivo in sympatric ethnic groups with differential susceptibility towards P. falciparum infection living in Burkina Faso. The aim of this study was to establish the transcriptional networks underlying the relatively better protection against P. falciparum infection observed in the Fulani ethnic group compared to other sympatric ethnic groups. Our findings reveal differential gene expression in monocytes of infected Fulani compared to uninfected Fulani and the difference concerned multiple classes of genes including signal transduction, immunological responses and chromatin remodelers. The results provide new aspects on molecules and regulatory mechanisms that are involved in the relatively more protective response against P. falciparum infection.

Taken together, the work presented in this thesis leads to a deeper understanding of the P. falciparum-induced modulation of responses of innate immune cells and the underlying mechanisms possibly regulating those responses.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Stockholm: Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, 2016. s. 56
Emneord
Plasmodium falciparum, hemozoin, innate immune cells, sympatric ethnic groups
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
immunologi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126138 (URN)978-91-7649-296-3 (ISBN)
Disputas
2016-03-17, Vivi Täckholmsalen (Q-salen), NPQ-huset, Svante Arrheniusväg 20 A, Stockholm, 09:30 (engelsk)
Opponent
Veileder
Merknad

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 2: Manuscript. Paper 3: Manuscript.

Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-02-23 Laget: 2016-01-25 Sist oppdatert: 2022-02-23bibliografisk kontrollert
Topalis, P., Mitraka, E., Bujila, I., Deligianni, E., Dialynas, E., Siden-Kiamos, I., . . . Louis, C. (2010). IDOMAL: an ontology for malaria. Malaria Journal, 9, 230
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2010 (engelsk)Inngår i: Malaria Journal, E-ISSN 1475-2875, Vol. 9, s. 230-Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Ontologies are rapidly becoming a necessity for the design of efficient information technology tools, especially databases, because they permit the organization of stored data using logical rules and defined terms that are understood by both humans and machines. This has as consequence both an enhanced usage and interoperability of databases and related resources. It is hoped that IDOMAL, the ontology of malaria will prove a valuable instrument when implemented in both malaria research and control measures. METHODS: The OBOEdit2 software was used for the construction of the ontology. IDOMAL is based on the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) and follows the rules set by the OBO Foundry consortium. RESULTS: The first version of the malaria ontology covers both clinical and epidemiological aspects of the disease, as well as disease and vector biology. IDOMAL is meant to later become the nucleation site for a much larger ontology of vector borne diseases, which will itself be an extension of a large ontology of infectious diseases (IDO). The latter is currently being developed in the frame of a large international collaborative effort. CONCLUSIONS: IDOMAL, already freely available in its first version, will form part of a suite of ontologies that will be used to drive IT tools and databases specifically constructed to help control malaria and, later, other vector-borne diseases. This suite already consists of the ontology described here as well as the one on insecticide resistance that has been available for some time. Additional components are being developed and introduced into IDOMAL.

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Forskningsprogram
medicinsk informatik
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-45676 (URN)10.1186/1475-2875-9-230 (DOI)000282415800001 ()20698959 (PubMedID)
Tilgjengelig fra: 2010-11-10 Laget: 2010-11-10 Sist oppdatert: 2024-07-04bibliografisk kontrollert
Bujila, I., Rolicka, A., Schwarzer, E., Skorokhod, O., Troye-Blomberg, M. & Östlund Farrants, A.-K.Exposure to Plasmodium falciparum-derived hemozoin leads to impairment of transcriptional activation upon dendritic cell maturation.
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(engelsk)Manuskript (preprint) (Annet vitenskapelig)
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
immunologi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125623 (URN)
Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-01-15 Laget: 2016-01-15 Sist oppdatert: 2022-02-23bibliografisk kontrollert
Bujila, I., Chérif, M., Sanou, G. S., Vafa, M., O'Connell, M. A., Ouédraogo, I. N., . . . Östlund Farrants, A.-K.Transcriptome and DNA methylome analysis of two sympatric ethic groups with differential susceptibility to Plasmodium falciparum infection living in Burkina Faso.
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(engelsk)Manuskript (preprint) (Annet vitenskapelig)
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
immunologi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125850 (URN)
Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-01-19 Laget: 2016-01-19 Sist oppdatert: 2022-02-23bibliografisk kontrollert
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