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The role of inflammasomes in the pathogenesis of malaria during pregnancy: effects and mechanisms

Grant number: 14/09964-5
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: September 01, 2014 - February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Parasitology - Protozoology of Parasites
Principal Investigator:Cláudio Romero Farias Marinho
Grantee:Cláudio Romero Farias Marinho
Host Institution: Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas (ICB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Sabrina Epiphanio


Malaria is a serious parasitic disease that affects about 500 million people annually. In endemic regions, malaria in pregnancy (MiP) is a major cause of maternal and infant mortality. The severity of the disease may be explained by the fact that placenta is an appropriated environment to the development of subpopulations of parasites, and by the immune profile developed by pregnant women infected with Plasmodium. The Nod-like receptors (NLRs) and Toll like receptors (TLR) have been correlated with the recognition of structures present in the Plasmodium, and with the mediation of inflammatory response against the parasite that is responsible for generating many of deleterious effects of infection. Although in recent years many studies have defined the clinical manifestations of malaria during pregnancy, the cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with the immune response are not understood. The aim of this project is to study the effects and immunological mechanisms involved in MiP related to the inflammasomes. For this purpose, we will use an experimental model that mimics the situation observed in areas of stable transmission, which was developed by our group. The understandings of these processes are important for the development of prophylactic and therapeutic strategies for treatment of malaria during pregnancy. (AU)

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Scientific publications (8)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
REIS, ARAMYS S.; BARBOZA, RENATO; MURILLO, OSCAR; BARATEIRO, ANDRE; PEIXOTO, ERIKA P. M.; LIMA, FLAVIA A.; GOMES, VINICIUS M.; DOMBROWSKI, JAMILLE G.; LEAL, VINICIUS N. C.; ARAUJO, FRANCIELE; et al. Inflammasome activation and IL-1 signaling during placental malaria induce poor pregnancy outcomes. SCIENCE ADVANCES, v. 6, n. 10, . (14/09964-5, 15/23395-6, 14/20451-0, 17/03939-7, 11/19048-8, 17/05782-8, 13/16417-8, 16/07030-0, 12/16525-2, 12/04755-3, 15/50650-7, 18/20468-0, 13/00981-1, 11/17880-8, 15/06106-0)
PANDYA, YASH; MARTA, ALEXANDER; BARATEIRO, ANDRE; BANDEIRA, CARLA LETICIA; DOMBROWSKI, JAMILLE GREGORIO; COSTA, JOAO; FARIAS MARINHO, CLAUDIO ROMERO; PENHA-GONCALVES, CARLOS. TLR4-Endothelin Axis Controls Syncytiotrophoblast Motility and Confers Fetal Protection in Placental Malaria. Infection and Immunity, v. 89, n. 8, . (19/12068-5, 16/07030-0, 12/04755-3, 14/09964-5, 17/03939-7, 20/06747-4)
PEREIRA, MARCELO L. M.; ORTOLAN, LUANA S.; SERCUNDES, MICHELLE K.; DEBONE, DANIELA; MURILLO, OSCAR; LIMA, FLAVIA A.; MARINHO, CLAUDIO R. F.; EPIPHANIO, SABRINA. Association of Heme Oxygenase 1 with Lung Protection in Malaria-Associated ALI/ARDS. Mediators of Inflammation, . (09/53256-7, 14/09964-5, 12/10081-5, 14/20451-0)
BARBOZA, RENATO; LIMA, FLAVIA AFONSO; REIS, ARAMYS SILVA; MURILLO, OSCAR JAVIER; MACHADO PEIXOTO, ERIKA PAULA; BANDEIRA, CARLA LETICIA; FOTORAN, WESLEY LUZETTI; SARDINHA, LUIS ROBERTO; WUNDERLICH, GERHARD; BEVILACQUA, ESTELA; et al. TLR4-Mediated Placental Pathology and Pregnancy Outcome in Experimental Malaria. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, v. 7, . (12/16525-2, 11/17880-8, 14/20451-0, 14/09964-5, 15/06106-0, 13/00981-1, 11/19048-8, 13/16417-8, 09/53889-0)
PEREIRA, MARCELO L. M.; ORTOLAN, LUANA S.; SERCUNDES, MICHELLE K.; DEBONE, DANIELA; MURILLO, OSCAR; LIMA, FLAVIA A.; MARINHO, CLAUDIO R. F.; EPIPHANIO, SABRINA. Association of Heme Oxygenase 1 with Lung Protection in Malaria-Associated ALI/ARDS. Mediators of Inflammation, v. 2016, p. 12-pg., . (12/10081-5, 09/53256-7, 14/09964-5, 14/20451-0)
DOMBROWSKI, JAMILLE GREGORIO; DE SOUZA, RODRIGO MEDEIROS; MENDES SILVA, NATERCIA REGINA; BARATEIRO, ANDRE; EPIPHANIO, SABRINA; GONCALVES, LIGIA ANTUNES; FARIAS MARINHO, CLAUDIO ROMERO. Malaria during pregnancy and newborn outcome in an unstable transmission area in Brazil: A population-based record linkage study. PLoS One, v. 13, n. 6, . (15/06106-0, 17/03939-7, 12/04755-3, 14/20451-0, 14/09964-5, 09/53889-0)
DOMBROWSKI, JAMILLE G.; SOUZA, RODRIGO M.; CURRY, JONATHAN; HINTON, LAURA; SILVA, NATERCIA R. M.; GRIGNARD, LYNN; GONCALVES, LIGIA A.; GOMES, ANA RITA; EPIPHANIO, SABRINA; DRAKELEY, CHRIS; et al. G6PD deficiency alleles in a malaria-endemic region in the Western Brazilian Amazon. Malaria Journal, v. 16, . (12/04755-3, 14/20451-0, 14/09964-5, 15/06106-0, 16/13465-0)
DOMBROWSKI, JAMILLE GREGORIO; DE SOUZA, RODRIGO MEDEIROS; LIMA, FLAVIA AFONSO; BANDEIRA, CARLA LETICIA; MURILLO, OSCAR; COSTA, DOUGLAS DE SOUSA; MACHADO PEIXOTO, ERIKA PAULA; CUNHA, MARIELTON DOS PASSOS; DE ANDRADE ZANOTTO, PAOLO MARINHO; BEVILACQUA, ESTELA; et al. Association of Malaria Infection During Pregnancy With Head Circumference of Newborns in the Brazilian Amazon. JAMA NETWORK OPEN, v. 2, n. 5, . (14/17766-9, 18/20468-0, 12/04755-3, 13/21728-2, 14/20451-0, 14/09964-5, 15/06106-0, 13/00981-1, 16/08204-2, 13/16417-8, 09/53889-0)

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