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South African Journal of Chemistry

On-line version ISSN 1996-840X

Abstract

PARASKEVOPOULOS, Jason N. et al. Terpyridyl complexes as antimalarial agents. S.Afr.j.chem. (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.66, pp. 00-00. ISSN 1996-840X.

A number of transition metals and their terpyridyl complexes have been evaluated for antimalarial activity on the strain 3D7. The metals, ligands and complexes were each in turn investigated for their efficacy. All activities were in the sub-micromolar range (0.1-1 µM). Their modes of action were compared with that of chloroquine to discover whether or not they were capable of inhibiting haemozoin formation. The data indicate that efficacy could be a result of several mechanisms and that speciation of the metal complex and the manner in which the agents are added to the parasitic broth have a profound effect on the activity of the agents. We believe that our study offers a template by which other researchers should approach their experiments using transition metal complex agents.

Keywords : Antimalarial agents; terpyridyl and transition metals.

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