Sea cucumber protein used to inhibit development of malaria parasite
Source: : Public Library of Science ,ENN, Date: March , 2010
Scientists have genetically engineered a
mosquito to release a sea-cucumber protein into its
gut which impairs the development of malaria parasites, according to research
out today (21 December) in PLoS Pathogens. Researchers say this development is a step towards
developing future methods of preventing the transmission of malaria.
Malaria is caused by parasites
whose lives begin in the bodies of mosquitoes. When mosquitoes feed on the
blood of an infected human, the malaria parasites undergo complex development
in the insectís gut. The new study has focused on disrupting this growth and
development with a lethal protein, CEL-III, found in sea cucumbers, to prevent
the mosquito from passing on the parasite.