Scientists Discover What Drives The Development Of A Fatal Form Of Malaria

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 23:21 in Health & Medicine

In a study described in Cell Host and Microbe, researchers reveal that when red blood cells are infected with the malaria parasite, they activate platelets to secrete the PF4 protein, which triggers the immune system to inflame blood vessels and obstruct capillaries in the brain; both are hallmarks of cerebral malaria.

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