Journal article

Screening the Medicines for Malaria Venture Pathogen Box for invasion and egress inhibitors of the blood stage of Plasmodium falciparum reveals several inhibitory compounds

Madeline Dans, Greta Weiss, Danny Wilson, Brad Sleebs, Brendan Crabb, Tania de Koning-Ward, Paul Gilson

Published : 2019

Abstract

To identify potential inhibitors of egress and invasion in the asexual blood stage of Plasmodium falciparum , we screened the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) Pathogen Box. This compound library comprises of 400 drugs against neglected tropical diseases, including 125 with antimalarial activity. For this screen, we utilised transgenic parasites expressing a bioluminescent reporter, Nanoluciferase (Nluc), to measure inhibition of parasite egress and invasion in the presence of the Pathogen Box compounds. At a concentration of 2 µM, we found 15 compounds that inhibited parasite egress by >40% and 24 invasion-specific compounds that inhibited invasion by >90%. We further characterised 11 of ..

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