Identification and characterisation of anti-leishmanial drug efficacy determinants


Leishmania spp cause a range of devastating diseases endemic throughout the Tropics and sub-Tropics; the available drugs are limited in their efficacy and selectivity, and resistance is a developing problem (1). Apart from the roles AQP1 and an aminophospholipid translocase in the uptake of sodium stibogluconate (SSG) and miltefosine, respectively, little is known about the uptake and intracellular transit of the four anti-Leishmania drugs. Identifying these efficacy determinants will highlight potential routes to resistance, help to define the modes of action of these drugs, and has the potential to inform the development of novel interventions.


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