Plasmodium falciparum -infected mice : more than a tour de force

  • Morosan S
  • Mazier D
  • Moreno A
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Abstract

Up until recently, the relevance of Plasmodium falciparum-infected humanized mice for malaria studies has been questioned because of the low percentage of mice in which the parasite develops. Advances in the generation of new immunodeficient mouse strains com- bined with the use of protocols that modulate the innate immune defenses of mice have facilitated the harvesting of exoerythrocytic and intraerythrocytic stages of the parasite. These results renew the hope of working with P. falciparum in a laboratory animal and indicate that the next challenge (i.e. a complete parasite cycle in the same mouse, including transmission to mosquito) could be reached in the future

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Authors

  • Serban Morosan

  • Dominique Mazier

  • Alicia Moreno

  • Jean Louis Pe

  • Agustin Benito

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