Cytoadherence of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes in the human placenta.

Abstract

In Plasmodium falciparum-parasitized pregnant women, erythrocytes infected by mature stages of the parasite sequester into placental intervillous spaces. The presence of parasites in the placenta causes maternal anaemia and low birth weight of the infant. In-vitro studies suggest placental sequestration may involve the cytoadherence of infected erythrocytes… (More)

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