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Impact of Hemozoin on Hematological Outcomes and Innate Inflammatory Mediator Production in Infants and Young Children with Malarial Anemia

Kristoff, Jan (2007) Impact of Hemozoin on Hematological Outcomes and Innate Inflammatory Mediator Production in Infants and Young Children with Malarial Anemia. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Malaria causes 300-500 million clinical cases and 1-3 million deaths per year, the majority of which occur in young African children. Ingestion of hemozoin by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) initiates the cytokine-mediated cascade of immune dysregulation in malaria. Innate immunity plays a critical role in protective responses against infection, which are determined by an appropriate balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators. Pro-inflammatory mediators (TNF-&#945, IL-12, IFN-&#947) that control parasitemia also contribute to pathology. Over-production of immunomodulatory cytokines (TGF-&#946, IL-10) suppresses the protective pro-inflammatory immune response. The effects of hemozoin on hematological outcomes and inflammatory mediator production in children with malarial anemia and the temporal kinetics of hemozoin-induced cytokine dysregulation in cultured PBMC were investigated in this study. Hematological analyses of healthy control (HC), uncomplicated malaria (UM), mild malarial anemia (MlMA), moderate malarial anemia (MdMA), and severe malarial anemia (SMA) groups revealed that age, temperature, and all erythrocyte, leukocyte, and platelet indices were significantly different between clinical categories. Neither parasitemia nor the prevalence of high density parasitemia (HDP) differed significantly between clinical groups. Stratification of study participants according to proportion of pigment-containing monocytes (PCM) demonstrated that parasitemia, HDP, temperature, and most leukocyte, erythrocyte, and platelet indices were significantly different between 0%, &#8804 10%, and > 10% PCM categories. The > 10% PCM category contained children with the lowest hemoglobin, hematocrit, and erythrocyte counts and the greatest proportion of children with SMA. Plasma IFN-&#945, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, and IL-12p40/p70 levels differed significantly between clinical categories but not between UM and SMA groups. Plasma IFN-&#945, IFN-&#947, TNF-&#945, IL-1&#946, IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, and IL-12p40/p70 were not significantly associated with % PCM. &#946-hematin-induced IL-1&#946, IL-2, IL-6, IL-12p35, IL-12p40, IL-18, IFN-&#945, IFN-&#947, TNF-&#945, LT-&#945, NOS-2A, COX-1, COX-2, IL-4, IL-10, and TGF-&#946 expression in cultured PBMC revealed a pro-inflammatory response that varied in magnitude among individuals. Importantly, innate inflammatory mediators modulate the adaptive immune response to Plasmodium parasites. Of public health significance, a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms governing these responses will facilitate the development of more immunogenic vaccines, through inclusion of cytokines or other compounds that activate the innate immune system.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPerkins, Douglas Jdjp@pitt.eduDJP
Committee MemberMartinson, Jeremy Jjmartins@pitt.eduJMARTINS
Committee MemberNorris, Karen Akan1@pitt.eduKAN1
Date: 2 February 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 29 September 2006
Approval Date: 2 February 2007
Submission Date: 6 November 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: cytokine dysregulation; parasite; inflammatory response; malarial anemia; hematology; innate immunity
Other ID:, etd-11062006-220938
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:04
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:51


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