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Correlating Protection Against Malaria With Serum Profiles Against Plasmodium Falciparum Antigen Repertoires

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 5, 2010
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2011
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Medical Biotech Laboratories
University Of Perugia
Imperial College London
Microtest Matrices Ltd
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Radboud University

Brief Summary:

A longitudinal study on immune responses in relation to protection against clinical malaria episodes will be conducted in Apac District, Uganda. Three cohorts will be recruited: children 1 to 5 years of age (n=250), children 6 to 10 years of age (n=125) and adults 25 and above (n=125). After finger prick sampling (~300µL) and examination at enrolment, participants will be followed up for one year. Follow-up will include fortnightly active case detection and three-monthly cross-sectional surveys. Clinical malaria attacks and the associated clinical and parasitological parameters will be related to immunological profiles determined utilizing a protein microarray as a capture substratum to profile the humoral immune response against a vast number of parasite antigens.

For individuals who experience a clinical malaria attack or who are diagnosed with high density parasitaemia (≥15,000 parasites/µL) during cross-sectional surveys, a 5mL blood sample is obtained to determine the diversity of parasite antigens in the population in relation to antigen recognition in the cohort.

Condition or disease
Malaria Schistosomiasis Hiv Infection

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 500 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Study Start Date : August 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2011

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MedlinePlus related topics: Malaria

Children 1-5 years old
Children 6-10 years old
Adults 25 years and above

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Immune correlates of protection against clinical malaria episodes with plasmodium falciparum

    IMMUNE RESPONSES: protein array.

    CLINICAL MALARIA EPISODES: (reported) fever with i) P. falciparum parasites; ii) ... at a density >=5,000 parasites/ul; iii) ... at a density >=10,000 parasites/ul IMMUNOLOGICALLY PROTECTED INDIVIDUALS: parasitaemic during follow-up without reporting to the health facility with indicators of a clinical malaria episode

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Geographical patterns in malaria morbidity
    Households are geo-located by GPS and hotspots of malaria transmission will be determined and related to serological profiles.

  2. Asymptomatic parasite carriage and immune responses in different age-groups exposed to intense malaria transmission
    ASYMPTOMATIC PARASITE CARRIAGE will be confirmed by microscopy and PCR.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Plasma samples Human DNA samples Parasite DNA samples

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Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Randomly selected individuals living in Abedi, Apac District, Uganda.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 1-5 years, 6-10 years or 25 yearsand above
  • written informed consent must be given
  • the individual must have been resident of the area since birth or for a minimum period of two years
  • the individual must be willing to submit required information and to participate in repeated sampling (total blood volume ~2.5 mL over a period of 12 months)
  • Absence of danger signs (as defined by WHO) or clinical features of AIDS. An HIV-test will be offered to all participants at enrolment and completion of the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unwillingness to sign consent form
  • unwillingness to reside in the study area during the follow-up period

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01214876

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Medical Biotech Laboratories
Kampala, Uganda
Sponsors and Collaborators
Radboud University
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Medical Biotech Laboratories
University Of Perugia
Imperial College London
Microtest Matrices Ltd

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Responsible Party: Teun Bousema, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Identifier: NCT01214876     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FIGHTMAL
First Posted: October 5, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2011
Last Verified: August 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Protozoan Infections
Parasitic Diseases
Trematode Infections