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Activity and inhibition of plasmepsin IV, a new aspartic proteinase from the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum

Wyatt, David M. and Berry, Colin 2002. Activity and inhibition of plasmepsin IV, a new aspartic proteinase from the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. FEBS Letters 513 (2-3) , pp. 159-162. 10.1016/S0014-5793(02)02241-X

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Abstract

A new aspartic proteinase from the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is able to hydrolyse human haemoglobin at a site known to be the essential primary cleavage site in the haemoglobin degradation pathway. Thus, plasmepsin IV may play a crucial role in this critical process which yields nutrients for parasite growth. Furthermore, synthetic inhibitors known to inhibit parasite growth in red cells in culture are able to inhibit the activity of this enzyme in vitro. As a result, plasmepsin IV appears to be a potential target for the development of new antiparasitic drugs.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0014-5793
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:47
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/64814

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