Prakash Rao Pendyala

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Isoprenylated proteins have important functions in cell growth and differentiation of eukaryotic cells. Inhibitors of protein prenylation in malaria have recently shown strong promise as effective antimalarials. In studying protein prenylation in the malaria protozoan parasite Plasmodium falciparum, we have shown earlier that the incubation of P. falciparum(More)
New therapeutics to combat malaria are desperately needed. Here we show that the enzyme protein farnesyltransferase (PFT) from the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) is an ideal drug target. PFT inhibitors (PFTIs) are well tolerated in man, but are highly cytotoxic to P. falciparum. Because of their anticancer properties, PFTIs comprise(More)
Substituted tetrahydroquinolines (THQs) have been previously identified as inhibitors of mammalian protein farnesyltransferase (PFT). Previously we showed that blocking PFT in the malaria parasite led to cell death and that THQ-based inhibitors are the most potent among several structural classes of PFT inhibitors (PFTIs). We have prepared 266 THQ-based(More)
Third world nations require immediate access to inexpensive therapeutics to counter the high mortality inflicted by malaria. Here, we report a new class of antimalarial protein farnesyltransferase (PFT) inhibitors, designed with specific emphasis on simple molecular architecture, to facilitate easy access to therapies based on this recently validated(More)
Thrombospondin Related Adhesive Protein (TRAP) is a transmembrane parasite molecule responsible in sporozoite-host interactions. This molecule is one of the most promising vaccine candidates against the pre-erythrocytic forms of malaria. In the present study, a gene encoding the Plasmodium vivax TRAP (PvTRAP) was expressed in Escherichia coli (M15 strain)(More)
Departments of Chemistry, Medicine, Biochemistry, and Pathobiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32826, Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Princeton, New Jersey 08543-4000, Department of Chemistry, Yale University,(More)
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