Variability of in vitro immune responses to Plasmodium falciparum
Genetic polymorphisms of host erythrocytes and immune effector cells influence risk and manifestation of malaria.
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The involved mechanisms are only very incompletely understood. We investigate the in vitro monocytes responses to Plasmodium falciparum infecting variant and non-variant red blood cells. In the same model, we examine the role of genetic polymorphisms of various immune receptors and mediators with respect to the monocytes response to infected erythrocytes. In parallel, the clinical significance for malaria risk and manifestation of the polymorphisms under study is assessed in field studies.
Prof. Dr. med. Frank P. Mockenhaupt
School of Medical Scienes, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderbad, Indien
University Teaching Hospital of Butare, School of Medicine, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda
Dept. of Bacteriology and Immunology, Haartman Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland
Institut für Mikrobiologie und Hygiene, Charité, Berlin
and many others
Since 1998, ongoing
Laboratory examinations, analysis, planning
Charité, DFG, Sonnenfeld Foundation