Abram Agossou

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The effect of polyparasite infections on cytokine and chemokine responses as well as the effect of antiparasite treatment was studied in children without parasite infection (the G0 group), in children singly infected with Schistosoma haematobium (the G1 group), and in children multiply infected with S. haematobium/Schistosoma mansoni, Entamoeba(More)
In rural sub-Saharan Africa, endemic populations are often infected concurrently with several intestinal and intravascular helminth and protozoan parasites. A specific, balanced and, to an extent, protective immunity will develop over time in response to repeated parasite encounters, with immune responses initially being poorly adapted and non-protective.(More)
Cytokine and chemokine response profiles were studied in newborns, 10-yr-old children and post partum mothers. All study groups were repeatedly exposed to Entamoeba histolytica, Onchocerca volvulus and Plasmodium falciparum infections as indicated by their Immunoglobulin (IgG) responses to parasite-specific antigens. As key indicators for regulatory and(More)
Passage of parasites and their antigens across the placenta occurs with metazoan as well as protozoan parasites, and this study addressed to which extent exposure to and infection of mothers with Plasmodium spp. and Entamoeba histolytica/dispar has sensitized their offspring for parasite-specific immune responses. While at delivery none of the mothers(More)
The recommended control option against onchocerciasis is repeated ivermectin treatment, which will need to be implemented for decades, and it remains unknown how repeated ivermectin therapy might affect immunity against Onchocerca volvulus in the long term. O. volvulus-specific antibody reactivity and cellular cytokine production were investigated in(More)
Vor 30 Jahren hat das Institut für Tropenmedizin der Universität Tübingen ein Forschungszentrum und Onchozerkose-Referenzlabor (ORL) in Togo in Westafrika gegründet. Das ORL war maßgeblich an der Erprobung und Einführung von Ivermectin als Standardtherapie gegen die Filarie Onchocerca volvulus, Erreger der Onchozerkose, beteiligt. Die Bekämpfung von(More)
Prenatal exposure to parasite antigens or allergens will influence the profile and strength of postnatal immune responses, such contact may tolerize and increase susceptibility to future infections or sensitize to environmental allergens. Exposure in utero to parasite antigens will distinctly alter cellular gene expression in newborns. Gene microarrays were(More)
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