Falciparum malaria: sticking up, standing out and out-standing

Parasitol Today. 2000 Oct;16(10):416-20. doi: 10.1016/s0169-4758(00)01753-1.


Cytoadherence is believed to be fundamental for the survival of Plasmodium falciparum in vivo and, uniquely, is a major determinant of the virulence of this parasite. Despite the widely professed importance of cytoadhesion in the development of severe disease, there are a number of aspects of this highly complex process that remain poorly understood. Recent progress in the understanding of cytoadhesive phenomena was discussed extensively at the Molecular Approaches to Malaria conference, Lorne, Australia, 2-5 February 2000. Here, Brian Cooke, Mats Wahlgren and Ross Coppel consider just how far we have progressed during the past 30 years and highlight what is still missing in our understanding of the mechanisms and clinical relevance of this apparently vital process.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Adhesion
  • Erythrocytes / parasitology*
  • Humans
  • Malaria, Falciparum / parasitology*
  • Malaria, Falciparum / physiopathology
  • Plasmodium falciparum / genetics
  • Plasmodium falciparum / pathogenicity*
  • Plasmodium falciparum / physiology
  • Virulence