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Screening medicinal plants for the detection of novel antimalarial products applying the inhibition of β-hematin formation.
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PMID:  21872416     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The identification of novel scaffolds for the development of effective and safe treatments to fight malaria is urgently needed. One of the main opportunities is the discovery of new molecules from natural origin. A simple, robust and cost-effective colorimetric assay based on the inhibition of β-hematin has been adapted to routinely screen plant extracts with the ultimate goal to identify novel antimalarial ingredients. The development of this assay has included a careful optimization of all critical experimental parameters. The β-hematin assay can be completed in less than one working day, requiring a 96-well UV-vis plate reader and low-cost commercially available reagents using a standard operating protocol. It can be used on its own or in combination with the well-known Plasmodium growth inhibition assay and has the obvious merit to be informative at the early stage of drug discovery regarding the mechanism of action of the actives. A total of 40 diverse natural products and 219 plants extracts were tested. Good correlations in respect with specificity (pure compounds 85%, extracts 93%) and positive predictive value (pure compounds 72%, extracts 50%) were obtained in comparison with Plasmodium growth inhibition assay that was used as the reference assay.
S Vargas; K Ndjoko Ioset; A-E Hay; J-R Ioset; S Wittlin; K Hostettmann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-264X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309336     Medline TA:  J Pharm Biomed Anal     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Geneva, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland.
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