Paths to a malaria vaccine illuminated by parasite genomics.


Conway, DJ; (2014) Paths to a malaria vaccine illuminated by parasite genomics. Trends in genetics. ISSN 0168-9525 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tig.2014.12.005

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Abstract

More human death and disease is caused by malaria parasites than by all other eukaryotic pathogens combined. As early as the sequencing of the first human genome, malaria parasite genomics was prioritized to fuel the discovery of vaccine candidate antigens. This stimulated increased research on malaria, generating new understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of infection and immunity. This review of recent developments illustrates how new approaches in parasite genomics, and increasingly large amounts of data from population studies, are helping to identify antigens that are promising lead targets. Although these results have been encouraging, effective discovery and characterization need to be coupled with more innovation and funding to translate findings into newly designed vaccine products for clinical trials.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
Research Centre: Malaria Centre
PubMed ID: 25620796
Web of Science ID: 349725200007
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2043784

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