Pas-de-deux: African Plasmodium falciparum adaptations to sickle hemoglobin.

01 Apr 2022
Matuschewski K, Maier AG
The molecular arms race between humans and Plasmodium falciparum in Africa resulted in selection of sickle-cell disease, which, on balance, protects heterozygote carriers against severe malaria. Band et al. discovered that parasites counter-adapt and can overcome disease resistance by identifying parasite genome signatures, termed P. falciparum sickle-associated (Pfsa) variants.