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The malaria parasite replicates within an intraerythrocytic parasitophorous vacuole (PV). Eventually, in a tightly regulated process called egress, proteins of the PV and intracellular merozoite surface are modified by an essential parasite serine protease called PfSUB1, whilst the enclosing PV and erythrocyte membranes rupture, releasing merozoites to(More)
Gene therapy of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease needs highly efficient delivery and long-lasting complementation of the CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator) gene into the respiratory epithelium. The development of lentiviral vectors has been a recent advance in the field of gene transfer and therapy. These integrating vectors appear(More)
Release of the malaria merozoite from its host erythrocyte (egress) and invasion of a fresh cell are crucial steps in the life cycle of the malaria pathogen. Subtilisin-like protease 1 (SUB1) is a parasite serine protease implicated in both processes. In the most dangerous human malarial species, Plasmodium falciparum, SUB1 has previously been shown to have(More)
Plasmodium falciparum subtilisin-like protease 1 (PfSUB1) is a serine protease that plays key roles in the egress of the parasite from red blood cells and in preparing the released merozoites for the subsequent invasion of new erythrocytes. The development of potent and selective PfSUB1 inhibitors could pave the way to the discovery of potential(More)
The etiological agent of the most dangerous form of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum, has developed resistance or reduced sensitivity to the majority of the drugs available to treat this deadly disease. Innovative antimalarial therapies are therefore urgently required. P. falciparum serine protease subtilisin-like protease 1 (PfSUB1) has been identified as a(More)
Peptidic α-ketoamides have been developed as inhibitors of the malarial protease PfSUB1. The design of inhibitors was based on the best known endogenous PfSUB1 substrate sequence, leading to compounds with low micromolar to submicromolar inhibitory activity. SAR studies were performed indicating the requirement of an aspartate mimicking the P1' substituent(More)
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