Aussie Scientists Move An Inch Forward In Malaria Discovery

Aussie Scientists Move An Inch Forward In Malaria DiscoveryThere is no doubt that malaria is a contentious issue for countries around the world and it has been now claimed that it's lack of a key molecule in the blood of African people that makes them susceptible to malaria.

It has been found by the team led by Macquarie University Associate Professor Brendan McMorran that platelets produce a molecule called PF4, which attacks the parasite that kicks malaria, but failure to bind with another molecule, Duffy, puts it at back foot, thereby halting the process.

"PF4 is known to interfere with membrane functions in other microbes like bacteria, so we think a similar mechanism may work with the malaria parasite", said McMorran in the journal Science.

It is to be noted that from 98-100% of people living in Africa are devoid of the requisite amount of Duffy. The disease spreads throw mosquitoes infected with a parasite called Plasmodium, which basically attacks liver along with infection red blood cells.

While it's known that platelets protect people infected with malaria as they attack the parasite, but there is a lot to be understood on the same lines yet.