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Molecules that target both malaria infection and transmission ... Because they are linked to a steroid, new molecules derived from ortho-aminocresols, already known for their antimalarial action, prove to be more effective in killing the parasite in the infected host, but also to block its transmission. This work, published in Nature Communications, is the result of a multidisciplinary and international collaboration led by German researchers (universities of Jena and Giessen) and French members of ParaFrap (Elisabeth Davioud-Charvet - Molecular Chemistry Laboratory, Institute of Biology Molecular and cellular CNRS with the collaboration of the laboratory of Stéphanie Blandin - Inserm "Immune response in the Anopheles mosquito vector of malaria" of Strasbourg). This work shows that for their survival, the parasites responsible for malaria and toxoplasmosis depend on mechanisms inherited from the plant world. This discovery represents a major advance in the development of new therapeutic targets against these parasites with major public health consequences.

This work has been the subject of numerous press releases, which you can find HERE.

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Arylmethylamino steroids as antiparasitic agents. Krieg, R., E. Jortzik, A. A. Goetz, S. Blandin, S. Wittlin, M. Elhabiri, M. Rahbari, S. Nuryyeva, K. Voigt, H. M. Dahse, A. Brakhage, S. Beckmann, T. Quack, C. G. Grevelding, A. B. Pinkerton, B. Schonecker, J. Burrows, E. Davioud-Charvet, S. Rahlfs and K. Becker (2017).  Nat Commun 8: 14478. Link