Volume 15, Number 3, September 2008Xth European Multicolloquium of Parasitology (EMOP-10, Paris, August 24-28, 2008)
|Page(s)||219 - 225|
|Published online||15 September 2008|
Xth EMOP, August 2008
Discovery of new targets for antimalarial chemotherapy
National Museum of Natural History, USM504-EA3335, Functional biology of protozoa, Department RDDM, CP 52, 61, rue Buffon, F-75231 Paris Cedex 05, France
* Correspondence: Philippe Grellier. Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 79 35 10 – Fax: +33 (0)1 40 79 34 99. E-mail: email@example.com
The understanding of the biology and the biochemistry of malaria parasites has considerably increased over the past two decades with the discovery of many potential targets for new antimalarial drugs. The decrypted genomes of several Plasmodium species and the new post-genomic tools further enriched our “reservoir” of targets and increased our ability to validate potential drug targets or to study the entire parasite metabolism. This review discusses targets involved in calcium metabolism, protein prenylation and apicoplast functions that have emerged by different approaches.
Key words: antimalarials / drug targets / artemisinin / SERCA / apicoplast / isoprenoid / haem / farnesyltransferase
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