Alasdair Hill

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A program was undertaken to identify hit compounds against NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (PfNDH2), a dehydrogenase of the mitochondrial electron transport chain of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. PfNDH2 has only one known inhibitor, hydroxy-2-dodecyl-4-(1H)-quinolone (HDQ), and this was used along with a range of chemoinformatics methods in the(More)
Following a program undertaken to identify hit compounds against NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (PfNDH2), a novel enzyme target within the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, hit to lead optimization led to identification of CK-2-68, a molecule suitable for further development. In order to reduce ClogP and improve solubility of CK-2-68 incorporation of(More)
The mitochondrial respiratory chain of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum differs from that of its human host in that it lacks a canonical protonmotive NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase (Complex I), containing instead a single sub-unit, non-protonmotive Ndh2, similar to that found in plant mitochondria, fungi and some bacteria [1,2]. As such, the P.(More)
Malaria is responsible for approximately 1 million deaths annually; thus, continued efforts to discover new antimalarials are required. A HTS screen was established to identify novel inhibitors of the parasite's mitochondrial enzyme NADH:quinone oxidoreductase (PfNDH2). On the basis of only one known inhibitor of this enzyme, the challenge was to discover(More)
The semisynthetic artemisinin derivatives such as artesunate and artemether, along with the fully synthetic endoperoxide antimalarials (e.g., OZ277, Nature 2004, 430, 900-904), are believed to mediate their antimalarial effects by iron-induced formation of carbon-centered radicals capable of alkylating heme and/or protein. Here, we describe the design and(More)
NADH:quinone oxidoreductase (PfNDH2) represents a metabolic choke point in the respiratory chain of Plasmo-dium falciparum mitochondria and is the focus of a drug discovery programme. A miniaturised assay for recombi-nant PfNDH2 with robust assay performance measures was generated for the high throughput screening (HTS) of a focused library of 17,000(More)
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