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There is a dire need for novel therapeutics to treat the virulent malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. Recently, the X-ray crystal structure of enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase (ENR) in complex with triclosan has been determined and provides an opportunity for the rational design of novel inhibitors targeting the active site of ENR. Here, we report(More)
Pharmacological inhibition of dietary lipid absorption induces favorable changes in serum lipoprotein levels in patients that are at risk for cardiovascular disease and is considered an adjuvant or alternative treatment with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins). Here we demonstrate the feasibility of identifying novel inhibitors of intestinal lipid(More)
A structure-based approach has been taken to develop 4'-substituted analogs of triclosan that target the key malarial enzyme Plasmodium falciparum enoyl acyl carrier protein reductase (PfENR). Many of these compounds exhibit nanomolar potency against purified PfENR enzyme and modest (2-10microM) potency against in vitro cultures of drug-resistant and(More)
2'-Substituted analogs of triclosan have been synthesized to target inhibition of the key malarial enzyme Plasmodium falciparum enoyl acyl carrier protein reductase (PfENR). Many of these compounds exhibit good potency (EC50<500 nM) against in vitro cultures of drug-resistant and drug-sensitive strains of the P. falciparum parasite and modest (IC50=1-20(More)
A cell suspension culture of Tabernaemontana divaricata, that had lost alkaloid production, was still capable of producing a similar pattern of alkaloids as directly after its initiation. When fed with early precursors, such as tryptamine and loganin, 57% of the precursors was converted into indole alkaloids such as strictosidine, vallesamine,(More)
A cell suspension culture of Tabernaemontana elegans lost its ability to produce alkaloids after a prolonged period of subculture. To determine whether it was still capable of performing the later steps of the alkaloid biosynthetic pathway, the culture was fed with tryptamine and loganin. The precursors and alkaloids were determined in the biomass and in(More)
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