Malaria pp 577-600 | Cite as

Assessing Transmission Blockade in Plasmodium spp.

  • Andrew M. Blagborough
  • Michael J. Delves
  • Chandra Ramakrishnan
  • Kalpana Lal
  • Geoffrey Butcher
  • Robert E. SindenEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 923)


Here we describe a series of methods that can be used to assess the activities of “vaccines,” drugs, and genetically modified vectors, for their abilities to inhibit transmission of Plasmodium from its vertebrate to its mosquito hosts. The selection of method to be used is determined by the purpose of the experiment, which can include the determination of the site/time of activity, and/or the potential reduction in transmission achieved.

Key words

Plasmodium Berghei Falciparum Passage Culture Mosquito Sexual Gametocyte Exflagellation Ookinete Oocyst Sporozoite Vaccine Drug Transmission Blockade 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew M. Blagborough
    • 1
  • Michael J. Delves
    • 1
  • Chandra Ramakrishnan
    • 1
  • Kalpana Lal
    • 1
  • Geoffrey Butcher
    • 1
  • Robert E. Sinden
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.The Malaria Centre, Department of Life SciencesImperial CollegeLondonUK

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