Progress Made In Possible Vaccine Against Malaria – Health News – redOrbitPosted: May 17, 2012
Gregory worked with Dr. Joseph Vinetz, a professor of medicine at UCSD, on the project and found that the proteins by the algae, when injected into lab mice, could block malaria transmissions from mosquitoes.
“It’s hard to say if these proteins are perfect, but the antibodies to our algae-produced protein recognize the native proteins in malaria and, inside the mosquito, block the development of the malaria parasite so that the mosquito can’t transmit the disease,” remarked postdoctoral researcher Gregory in the statement.
The scientists will continue research on the malaria vaccine by testing to see if the algae proteins can protect humans from malaria and then, if so, determining if they can modify the proteins to be eaten rather than injected into humans.
“This paper tells us two things: The proteins that we made here are viable vaccine candidates and that we at least have the opportunity to produce enough of this vaccine that we can think about inoculating two billion people,” commented lead researcher Mayfield in the statement. “In no other system could you even begin to think about that.”