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A molecular marker of artemisinin-resistant Plasmodium falciparum malaria

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, December 2013
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A molecular marker of artemisinin-resistant Plasmodium falciparum malaria
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Nature, December 2013
DOI 10.1038/nature12876
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Frédéric Ariey, Benoit Witkowski, Chanaki Amaratunga, Johann Beghain, Anne-Claire Langlois, Nimol Khim, Saorin Kim, Valentine Duru, Christiane Bouchier, Laurence Ma, Pharath Lim, Rithea Leang, Socheat Duong, Sokunthea Sreng, Seila Suon, Char Meng Chuor, Denis Mey Bout, Sandie Ménard, William O. Rogers, Blaise Genton, Thierry Fandeur, Olivo Miotto, Pascal Ringwald, Jacques Le Bras, Antoine Berry, Jean-Christophe Barale, Rick M. Fairhurst, Françoise Benoit-Vical, Odile Mercereau-Puijalon, Didier Ménard


Plasmodium falciparum resistance to artemisinin derivatives in southeast Asia threatens malaria control and elimination activities worldwide. To monitor the spread of artemisinin resistance, a molecular marker is urgently needed. Here, using whole-genome sequencing of an artemisinin-resistant parasite line from Africa and clinical parasite isolates from Cambodia, we associate mutations in the PF3D7_1343700 kelch propeller domain ('K13-propeller') with artemisinin resistance in vitro and in vivo. Mutant K13-propeller alleles cluster in Cambodian provinces where resistance is prevalent, and the increasing frequency of a dominant mutant K13-propeller allele correlates with the recent spread of resistance in western Cambodia. Strong correlations between the presence of a mutant allele, in vitro parasite survival rates and in vivo parasite clearance rates indicate that K13-propeller mutations are important determinants of artemisinin resistance. K13-propeller polymorphism constitutes a useful molecular marker for large-scale surveillance efforts to contain artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion and prevent its global spread.

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Country Count As %
United Kingdom 8 <1%
United States 7 <1%
France 5 <1%
Brazil 3 <1%
Switzerland 2 <1%
Kenya 2 <1%
Ghana 2 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Other 17 2%
Unknown 889 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 224 24%
Researcher 165 18%
Student > Master 156 17%
Student > Bachelor 112 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 55 6%
Other 143 15%
Unknown 82 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 338 36%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 165 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 121 13%
Chemistry 47 5%
Immunology and Microbiology 41 4%
Other 118 13%
Unknown 107 11%

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