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Genetic Association Mapping of Malaria Resistance in Anopheles Gambiae

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute Identifier:
First received: October 16, 2008
Last updated: March 12, 2014
Last verified: March 2014

This is a study of the genetics of malaria transmission by the mosquito vector in Africa, Anopheles gambiae. The study focuses on the mosquito vector, not the human subjects infected with malaria. DNA extracted from infected mosquitoes will be analyzed genetically by microsatellite and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to identify mosquito genes that control mosquito resistance to malaria parasites.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Genetic Association Mapping of Malaria Resistance in Anopheles Gambiae

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Further study details as provided by University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • mosquito infection [ Time Frame: one week ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Protocol involves non-invasive blood draw from participant screened by finger-prick for infection with malaria. Drawn blood (0.5cc) is placed in artificial membrane feeder for feeding of mosquitoes. Primary outcome is infection of mosquitoes, detectable one week after blood feeding.

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: March 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2019 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

A standard diagnostic blood smear from a drop of blood will be carried out on 20 study subjects once per month. One malaria-positive subject from among the 20 will be asked to donate 5cc of blood, also no more frequently than once per month. The blood will be placed in a water-jacketed heated membrane feeding device that will be positioned on top of a cage of mosquitoes. The mosquitoes are attracted to the warmth and drink the blood through the artificial skin-like membrane. The goal of the research is to study the infected mosquitoes. No studies will be carried out on the human subjects. The point of human subjects involvement is to obtain the naturally malaria-infected blood for feeding of mosquitoes. After blood feeding, the mosquitoes are held in an environmental chamber for one week, at which time they are dissected to count numbers of malaria parasites developing on the mosquito stomach wall. This number constitutes the quantitative phenotype, and we extract genomic DNA from the carcass for genetic marker typing, which constitutes the genotype. Genetic linkage analysis identifies markers near genes that control parasite number, thus resistance or susceptibility to parasite infection.


Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 10 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

community sample


Inclusion Criteria:

  • 5-10 years old, and general good health

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Outside age group
  • Specific diagnosable health problems
  • General poor health
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00850655

United States, Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States, 55108
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Principal Investigator: Kenneth D Vernick, PhD University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute Identifier: NCT00850655     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0607M88827
Study First Received: October 16, 2008
Last Updated: March 12, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Parasitic Diseases
Protozoan Infections processed this record on November 25, 2014