Iron and heme metabolism in Plasmodium falciparum and the mechanism of action of artemisinins

Nectarios Klonis, Darren John Creek, Leann Tilley

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During the asexual blood stage of its lifecycle, the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum grows and multiplies in the hemoglobin-rich environment of the human erythrocyte. Although the parasite has evolved unique strategies to survive in this environment, its interaction with iron represents an Achilles heel that is exploited by many antimalarial drugs. Recent work has shed new light on how the parasite deals with hemoglobin breakdown products and on the role of iron as a mediator of the action of the antimalarial drug, artemisinin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)722 - 727
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Microbiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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