Christine Latour

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The ability to undergo apoptosis, previously thought to be exclusive to multicellular organisms, has been demonstrated in unicellular parasites. On the basis of an observation that Plasmodium "crisis forms" were seen in vitro after cultivation in media containing an antimalarial drug, we attempted to determine whether Plasmodium falciparum has the ability(More)
BACKGROUND The Plasmodium falciparum NA+/H+ exchanger (pfnhe1, gene PF13_0019) has recently been proposed to influence quinine (QN) susceptibility. However, its contribution to QN resistance seems to vary geographically depending on the genetic background of the parasites. Here, the role of this gene was investigated in in vitro QN susceptibility of(More)
Cerebral involvement during malaria is a complication that leads to seizure, coma, and death. The effect of new neuroprotective therapies has not yet been investigated, although cerebral malaria shares some features with neurological stroke. Erythropoietin (EPO) is one of the more promising drugs in this area. We measured the effect of EPO on the survival(More)
In vitro drug susceptibility testing with the malaria parasite has been used to assess the antimalarial activities of new compounds and to monitor drug resistance in field isolates. We investigated the validity of a SYBR green I fluorescent-based assay under various culture conditions and compared the assay results to those of previously published(More)
Cerebral malaria is the most severe and rapidly fatal complication of Plasmodium falciparum infection. Despite appropriate anti-malarial treatment using quinine or artemisinin derivatives, 10-20% of mortality still occurs during the acute phase. To improve cerebral malaria outcome, adjunctive therapies are clearly needed. Most experiments in this area have(More)
Multidrug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum strains are an increasing problem in endemic areas and are partly responsible for the worsening malaria situation around the world. New cheap and effective compounds active in combination with available drug in the field are urgently needed. The aim of this work was to explore the potential antiplasmodial effect of(More)
The effect of double asymmetric induction for the synthesis of new cis-β-lactams by [2 + 2] cycloaddition reactions of chiral imines with a chiral ketene was investigated. The cycloaddition reaction was found to be totally diastereoselective leading exclusively to the formation of the cis-β-lactam derivatives. The newly synthesized cycloadducts were(More)
This report describes the preparation of some new β-lactam nanocopolymers. These nanoparticles are synthesized in water by emulsion polymerization of an acrylate β-lactam pre-dissolved in a mixture of co-monomers in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate as a surfactant and potassium persulfate as a radical initiator. Dynamic light scattering analysis and(More)
A series of novel β-lactams was synthesized from different imines and a special ketene derived from N-endo-5-norbornene-2,3-dicarboxyloylglycine 1 via the [2 + 2] ketene imine cycloaddition. Then, β-lactams 3a–h were treated with 1-azido-4-nitrobenzene 4 to afford β-lactam-triazole hybrids 5a–h. Of the twenty-three β-lactams tested against(More)
A new hybrid compound 5 containing a ruthenocene, a 4-aminoquinoline, and a 1,2,4-trioxane within a single molecular structure has been synthesized and evaluated for antimalarial potential. In order to ascertain the role of each component of hybrid 5, its antimalarial activity has been measured against chloroquine-resistant and chloroquine-sensitive strains(More)