Saber Gholizadeh

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BACKGROUND Members of Anopheles maculipennis complex are effective malaria vectors in Europe and the Caspian Sea region in northern Iran, where malaria has been re-introduced since 1994. The current study has been designed in order to provide further evidence on the status of species composition and to identify more accurately the members of the(More)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are neurodevelopmental disorders whose prevalence has risen over the past two decades. Current drug treatments for ASDs and the related disorders--fragile X syndrome (FXS) and Rett syndrome--target specific symptoms but do not address the basic underlying etiologies. However, based partly on an improved understanding of the(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES Species identification and information on transmission pattern of malaria parasite in any malaria endemic area is key to success for a malaria control programme. In this investigation, malaria diagnosis using molecular method was used to assess the transmission pattern of malaria parasite in three malaria endemic regions:(More)
The current study aimed to provide further evidence on the status of species composition, insecticide resistance, and vectorial capacity within the members of Anopheles (Anopheles) Hyrcanus Group in Ardebil, Giulan, and Khuzestan provinces of Iran. Sequencing the internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) of ribosomal DNA gene led to identification of two members(More)
Anopheles stephensi is one of the most important malaria vectors in the Middle-East, the Indian subcontinent, the Far-East and is the main malaria vector in south of Iran. This vector is thought to be a single but polytypic species, despite its enormous geographical range. To examine this hypothesis, we analyzed the rDNA-ITS2 and RAPD loci in different(More)
BACKGROUND The identification of key molecules is crucial for designing transmission-blocking vaccines (TBVs), among those ookinete micronemal proteins are candidate as a general class of malaria transmission-blocking targets. Here, the sequence analysis of an extra-cellular malaria protein expressed in ookinetes, named von Willebrand factor A(More)
BACKGROUND Notwithstanding progress in recent years, a safe, an effective and affordable malaria vaccine is not available yet. Ookinete-secreted protein, Plasmodium vivax von Willebrand factor A domain-related protein (PvWARP), is a candidate for malaria transmission-blocking vaccines (TBVs). METHODS The PvWARP was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 using(More)
Molecular studies on population genetics of speciation across Iran have recently started. Morphological and molecular studies have showed that 25 species of genus Anopheles are present in the country; however, relationships between vector and non-vector species as well as compatibility of morphological characters with molecular data have not been verified.(More)
Malaria is a serious vector-borne infectious disease in Iran and Anopheles stephensi has long been suspected as a main malaria vector. However, opinions about its vectorial capacity in supporting Plasmodium species and strains are not clear. This study investigates the susceptibility of an Asian main malaria vector, An. stephensi, to Plasmodium vivax(More)
In recent years, the increase of head louse infestation in Iran (7.4%) and especially in West-Azerbaijan Province (248%) has raised the hypothesis of insecticide resistance development. There are different mechanisms of resistance to various groups of insecticides, and knockdown resistance (kdr) is a prominent mechanism of resistance to pyrethroids, an(More)