Boosting our natural antibody responses against the transmissible parasite stage could hold the key to combatting the malaria parasite and preventing the spread of the disease. It was previously though thought the human part of the malaria transmission cycle is immunologically 'silent'. However, a new study demonstrates that natural immune responses can recognize and kill parasites in this phase of the life cycle before they can spread to mosquitoes.
- Science Translational Medicine
- Wellcome, National Institutes of Health, European Research Council, Bloomberg Family Foundation, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Swiss National Science Foundation, American Heart Association