Posts Tagged ‘Plasmodium falciparum’

Unlocking the genome of the world’s deadliest parasite

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Groundbreaking USF College of  Public Health research pushing the fight against malaria forward   For the first time ever, an international team of researchers led by scientists at the University of South Florida have identified the core repertoire of essential genes of the world’s deadliest parasite – an innovative breakthrough with lifesaving potential. Researchers at […]

NIH funds drug discovery for apicomplexan parasites

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Apicomplexan parasites control DNA replication differently than humans do and understanding these differences may be the key to preventing diseases such as malaria and toxoplasmosis, according to Dr. Elena Suvorova, USF researcher in the Center of Excellence in Drug Discovery and Innovation, and Department of Global Health. She’s part of a USF College of Public […]

Global health team pioneers development of new antimalarial drug screening model

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A University of South Florida (USF) Center for Global Health & Infectious Diseases Research team has demonstrated a new screening model to classify antimalarial drugs and to identify drug targets for the most lethal strain of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum. The National Institutes of Health-funded study appeared online Nov. 6 in the journal Scientific Reports. The […]

Global health researchers play role in discovery of new antimalarial drug

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Potent compound inhibits protein synthesis at various stages of malaria parasite’s life-cycle With the rapid emergence of multi-drug resistant strains of malaria, the need to find new drugs capable of delaying or preventing drug resistance has become even more urgent. Now, an international team of researchers – including two from the University of South Florida […]

Dr. Rays Jiang helps identify host factor essential for malaria parasite to infect human red blood cells

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Rays Jiang’s computational biology expertise powers antimalarial drug discovery efforts Red blood cells are a prime target for infection by the malaria parasite, but the absence of a nucleus containing DNA in red blood cells hinders genetic research to understand how these cells act as host cells. Seeking to help overcome that obstacle, researchers at […]