Volume 79, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Cerebral malaria is responsible for a high proportion of mortality in human infection. Previous studies have reported the presence of apoptosis in endothelial cells, astrocytes, neurons, and glial cells in experimental murine cerebral malaria caused by infection with ANKA. Using this model, we tested two strategies, which have been shown to improve survival in murine models of sepsis: 1) treatment with z-VAD, a pancaspase inhibitor; and 2) overexpression of Bcl-2 using transgenic mice expressing human Bcl-2 (which prevents the release of apoptotic mediators from the mitochondria) from a myeloid cell promoter. Neither of these anti-apoptotic strategies, previously shown to provide therapeutic benefit in sepsis, improved survival in experimental cerebral malaria.


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  • Received : 22 May 2008
  • Accepted : 12 Aug 2008

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