Decoding the complexities of human malaria through systems immunology

Tuan M. Tran, Peter D. Crompton

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Abstract

The complexity of the Plasmodium parasite and its life cycle poses a challenge to our understanding of the host immune response against malaria. Studying human immune responses during natural and experimental Plasmodium infections can enhance our understanding of malaria-protective immunity and inform the design of disease-modifying adjunctive therapies and next-generation malaria vaccines. Systems immunology can complement conventional approaches to facilitate our understanding of the complex immune response to the highly dynamic malaria parasite. In this review, recent studies that used systems-based approaches to evaluate human immune responses during natural and experimental Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax infections as well as during immunization with candidate malaria vaccines are summarized and related to each other. The potential for next-generation technologies to address the current limitations of systems-based studies of human malaria are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalImmunological Reviews
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • gene expression profiling
  • host response
  • malaria immunity
  • malaria immunology
  • microarray analysis
  • Plasmodium falciparum
  • Plasmodium vivax
  • systems biology
  • systems immunology
  • systems vaccinology
  • transcriptomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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