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Bioluminescence Imaging of P. berghei Schizont Sequestration in Rodents.
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PMID:  22990791     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
We describe a technology for imaging the sequestration of infected red blood cells (iRBC) of the rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei both in the bodies of live mice and in dissected organs, using a transgenic parasite that expresses luciferase. Real-time imaging of sequestered iRBC is performed by measuring bioluminescence produced by the enzymatic reaction in parasites between the luciferase enzyme and its substrate luciferin injected into the mice several minutes prior to imaging. The bioluminescence signal is detected by a sensitive I-CCD photon-counting video camera. Using a reporter parasite that expresses luciferase under the control of a schizont-specific promoter (i.e., the ama-1 promoter), the schizont stage is made visible when detecting bioluminescence signals. Schizont sequestration is imaged during short-term infections with parasites that are synchronized in development or during ongoing infections. Real-time in vivo imaging of iRBC will provide increased insights into the dynamics of sequestration and its role in pathology, and can be used to evaluate strategies that prevent sequestration.
Joanna Braks; Elena Aime; Roberta Spaccapelo; Onny Klop; Chris J Janse; Blandine Franke-Fayard
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)     Volume:  923     ISSN:  1940-6029     ISO Abbreviation:  Methods Mol. Biol.     Publication Date:  2013  
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Created Date:  2012-09-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9214969     Medline TA:  Methods Mol Biol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  353-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center of Infectious Diseases, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.
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