Oxindole-based compounds are selective inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum cyclin dependent protein kinases.

Cyclin dependent protein kinases (CDKs) have become attractive drug targets in an effort to identify effective inhibitors of the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of the most severe form of human malaria. We tested known CDK inhibitors for their ability to inhibit two malarial CDKs: Pfmrk and PfPK5. Many broad spectrum CDK inhibitors… (More)