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Relationship between immunoglobulin isotype response to Plasmodium falciparum blood stage antigens and parasitological indexes as well as splenomegaly in sympatric ethnic groups living in Mali
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Wenner-Gren Institute .
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2009 (English)In: Acta Tropica, ISSN 0001-706X, Vol. 9, no 1, 12-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aimed to assess correlations between anti-malarial antibody levels and differences in malariometric characteristics, seen between two sympatric ethnic groups, the Fulani and the Dogon, living in Mali. Plasma levels of anti-malarial IgE, IgG. IgG1-4 and total IgE were determined in asymptomatic individuals, of the above mentioned groups, and were correlated to malariometric indexes. Significantly higher levels of anti-malarial IgE, IgG, IgG1-3 and total IgE were detected in the Fulani individuals as compared to the Dogon. No difference in plasma levels of malaria specific IgG4 was noted between the two groups. Within the Fulani, an increase in total IgE levels was associated with the presence of infection. As the IgG4 level increased, the number of clones decreased in the Fulani individuals. A positive correlation between elevated levels of anti-malarial IgG and IgG3 and splenomegaly was noted only within the Fulani group. No other correlations between antibody levels and parasite prevalence, clone numbers or spleen rates were observed in any of the communities. These results suggest that the magnitude of antibody response against Plasmodium falciparum may not be as important as it is believed to be. Instead, the fine specificity or function of the response might be more critical in protection against malaria disease.

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2009. Vol. 9, no 1, 12-16 p.
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IgE; IgG; Ethnic groups; Malaria; Mali; P. falciparum
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24954DOI: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2008.09.001ISI: 000262150200003OAI: diva2:198581
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7555Available from: 2008-04-30 Created: 2008-04-30 Last updated: 2010-01-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Human genetic factors involved in immunity to Plasmodium falciparum infection
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Human genetic factors involved in immunity to Plasmodium falciparum infection
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This study investigated the associations between IL-4 -590 C/T and IL-10 -1087 A/G polymorphisms and malariometric indexes in the Fulani and the Dogon ethnic groups living in sympatry in Mali and differing in susceptibility to malaria. The correlations between antibodies level and parasitological data as well as splenomegaly were assessed. The impact of IL-4 -590 variants on the levels of the studied antibodies was also studied.

The allele and genotype frequencies of both studied SNPs differed significantly between the two groups. The Fulani IL-4 T allele carriers had a significantly higher infection prevalence compared with those carrying the CC genotype. No correlation between anti-malarial antibody levels and parasite prevalence was seen in any of the communities. In the Fulani, the increase in total IgE levels was related to the presence of infection. Malaria-specific IgG4 levels were negatively correlated to the number of clones within the Fulani. The Fulani IL-4 T allele carriers had higher total and malaria-specific IgE levels, compared to the CC genotype carriers. These results suggest that the amount of antibodies may not be the key element in the protection against malaria. IgG4 might be involved in protection against malaria. The impact of IL-4 -590 variants on the antibody levels may be affected by other genetic/epigenetic/epistatic or environmental factors.

In the study in Senegal, multiplicity of infection (MOI) increased after the transmission season in all subjects, except in α-thalassaemic and in G6PD-mutated children, suggesting that α-thalassaemia may protect against infection by certain parasite strains. G6PD-mutated individuals may resist against increase in MOI after the transmission season due to rapid clearance of infection at an early stage. HbAs and the ABO system do not affect MOI in asymptomatic individuals. MOI was positively correlated to parasitemia, and did not vary over age (in the range of 2 to 10 years). No relation between MOI and clinical attack was noted.

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Stockholm: Wenner-Grens institut för experimentell biologi, 2008. 66 p.
Plasmodium falciparum, Malaria, Immunity, Ethnic groups, Mali, Senegal, Genetic factors, IL-4, IL-10, Polymorphism, MOI, RBC variants
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7555 (URN)978-91-7155-614-1 (ISBN)
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2008-05-23, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 8 C, Stockholm, 10:00
Available from: 2008-04-30 Created: 2008-04-30Bibliographically approved

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