According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, 600 thousand people died from malaria in the world. At the same time, a significant part of the deaths fell on children from African countries. The situation is further complicated by the fact that an antimalarial vaccine has not yet been created, and malaria pathogens have managed to adapt to the available drugs. But high technologies came to the aid of doctors.
A joint research team from the University of Basel and the Institute for Tropical and Public Health in Switzerland has removed special microorganisms nanomimics from the patient's human cell membrane. To understand their function, you need to know the mechanism of action of malaria pathogens.
Malaria parasites invade the red blood cells, where they begin to multiply actively. The process takes about two days. As a result, the destruction of the blood cell occurs, and the parasites that have escaped are taken for other cells. Nanomimics act as bait for malaria pathogens. They are, as it were, attached to nanomimics and the further process of their reproduction is thus blocked.
According to one of the creators of nanomimics Adrian Najer, the developed technology will help create a new generation of vaccines.