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The origins of antimalarial drug resistance

Hastings, Ian ORCID: (2004) 'The origins of antimalarial drug resistance'. Trends in Parasitology, Vol 20, Issue 11, pp. 512-518.

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Resistance of Plasmodium falciparum to the antimalarial drug sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine is a result of extremely rare mutations that have spread over large geographical areas. This pattern was completely unexpected because mutations encoding resistance occur commonly in laboratory conditions, leading to the expectation that resistance would originate locally on numerous occasions. This can be reconciled with basic P. falciparum biology and epidemiology, and it is concluded that this pattern of extremely rare mutations and subsequent spread should be regarded as the most likely pattern of resistance to future antimalarials. Consequently, strategies to slow the spread of resistance need to be designed on regional, rather than national, considerations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: falciparum dihydrofolate-reductase elimination half-life plasmodium-falciparum pyrimethamine-sulfadoxine selective pressure malaria parasites chloroquine africa model combination
Subjects: QV Pharmacology > Anti-Inflammatory Agents. Anti-Infective Agents. Antineoplastic Agents > QV 256 Antimalarials
QV Pharmacology > QV 38 Drug action.
QV Pharmacology > Drug Standardization. Pharmacognosy. Medicinal Plants > QV 771 Standardization and evaluation of drugs
QW Microbiology and Immunology > QW 45 Microbial drug resistance. General or not elsewhere classified.
QW Microbiology and Immunology > Immune Responses > QW 700 Infection. Mechanisms of infection and resistance.
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 750 Malaria
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology Group
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Depositing User: Sarah Lewis-Newton
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2012 15:44
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 11:29


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