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Title: Triterpenoids as inhibitors of Plasmodium liver-stage development
Authors: Ramalhete, Cátia
Cruz, Ana Filipa
Mulhovo, Silva
Prudêncio, Miguel
Ferreira, Maria José
Keywords: Triterpenoids
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: 59th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant Research and Natural Product Research
Abstract: Malaria is one of the foremost public health problems in Africa. It is endemic in 90 countries, affecting nearly 40% of the global population. The increasing prevalence of drug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum strains is one of the greatest challenges in malaria control. In order to overcome drug-resistance, new antimalarial drugs are urgently needed. Most of the available antimalarial agents kill blood stage parasites and only a limited number of drugs act on liver stages. In fact, the study of Plasmodium liver stage development (Fig. 1) has been hampered by limitations in the experimental approaches required to quantify hepatocyte infection by the parasite. Therefore, the development of new drugs targeting Plasmodium liver stages represents an important and underexploited site of intervention [1, 2].
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