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Malaria Parasites Distribute Subversive Messages across Enemy Lines
- Rivkin, Anna, Ben-Hur, Sharon, Regev-Rudzki, Neta
- Trends in parasitology 2017 v.33 no.1 pp. 2-4
- endothelium, erythrocytes, malaria, parasites
- During its life cycle, the malaria parasite must cope with a set of diverse environments and institute strategies to alter its host's responses. A recent study remarkably demonstrates how these parasites exploit red blood cell products, loading them into ‘armed’ secreted vesicles sent to manipulate their host's ‘endothelium battlefront’, thereby promoting malaria infection.