Unexpected antibody discovery provides new insight into how the body responds to malaria infection

Malaria, a pathogen transmitted into blood by mosquitoes in tropical climates, is typically thought of as a blood and liver infection. However, in a newly published study, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have detected antibodies primarily made in response to infections in the mucous membranes -; in such areas as the lungs, intestines, or vagina -; in study participants with malaria.

The researchers say that their unexpected finding provides new insight into how the human body responds to malaria infection and may ultimately help to identify new ways to treat malaria or develop vaccines.

The study was published on September 13 in NPJ Vaccines.

More than 400,000 people die each year of malaria infections, with more than two-thirds of…

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