A natural immunization process prevents malaria

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Reproducing the poorly understood naturally acquired immunity to malaria that develops in the majority of individuals in malaria-endemic regions will reduce mortality in at-risk children. A paper by Roestenberg et al. [1] addresses this issue experimentally by describing the generation of sterilizing protective immunity against Plasmodium falciparum in malaria-naïve volunteers though controlled infection: a defined number of infectious mosquito bites with concurrent drug treatment. Measurable markers of protection were malaria-specific effector T cells simultaneously secreting IFNγ, IL-2 and TNFα, and, to a lesser degree, antibodies. Such responses may be key objectives for efficacious vaccination or intermittent preventive drug regimens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-221
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


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