Ulrike Lambertz

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Recently, Ghana has changed the first-line treatment of uncomplicated malaria from chloroquine to amodiaquine (AQ) plus artesunate. AQ may cause adverse events such as agranulocytosis and hepatoxicity. The pro-drug AQ is transformed by cytochrome P450 CYP2C8 to the active metabolite N-desethylaminodiaquine. Several polymorphic variants of CYP2C8 are known,(More)
1 Department of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases), University of British Columbia, Faculties of Medicine and Science, and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2 Department of Microbiology and Immunology (Division of Infectious Diseases), University of British Columbia, Faculties of Medicine and(More)
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are the collective term for the various vesicles that are released by cells into the extracellular space. Such vesicles include exosomes and microvesicles, which vary by their size and/or protein and genetic cargo. With the discovery that EVs contain genetic material in the form of RNA (evRNA) has come the increased interest in(More)
Leishmania use exosomes to communicate with their mammalian hosts and these secreted vesicles appear to contribute to pathogenesis by delivering protein virulence factors to macrophages. In other eukaryotes, exosomes were found to carry RNA cargo, such as mRNAs and small non-coding RNAs, capable of altering recipient cell phenotype. Whether leishmania(More)
Evasion or subversion of host immune responses is a well-established paradigm in infection with visceralizing leishmania. In this review, we summarize current findings supporting a model in which leishmania target host regulatory molecules and pathways, such as the PTP SHP-1 and the PI3K/Akt signaling cascade, to prevent effective macrophage activation.(More)
Of the various phosphatidylinositol 3- kinases (PI3Ks), only the class III enzyme Vps34 has been shown to regulate phagosome maturation. During studies of phagosome maturation in THP-1 cells deficient in class IA PI3K p110α, we discovered that this PI3K isoform is required for vacuole maturation to progress beyond acquisition of Rab7 leading to delivery of(More)
Patients vary widely in their response to drug therapy according to their genetic background of drug metabolizing enzymes. The cytochrome P450 enzyme CYP2C8 is one of the major metabolizing enzymes involved in drug metabolism and thus a candidate for routine pharmacogenetic screening. The aim of this work was establishing a fast and reliable method to(More)
Protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania adapt to their arthropod and vertebrate hosts through the development of defined life cycle stages. Stage differentiation is triggered by environmental stress factors and has been linked to parasite chaperone activities. Using a null mutant approach we previously revealed important, nonredundant functions of the(More)
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