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Plasmodium knowlesi

Species ID:126
Name:Plasmodium knowlesi
Associated with:1 targets
1 ligands
P. knowlesi (Pk) is one of five protozoan parasite species of the genus Plasmodium that cause malaria in humans. This species of the parasite was originally identified as causing simian malaria but it is becoming a significant cause of zoonotic malaria and is an emerging public health issue in Southeast Asia. Pk has a 24-hour asexual replication cycle in erythrocytes and can progress quickly to severe clinical disease with fatal cases reported.


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Target Ligand Sp. Action Value Parameter Reference
Plasmodium falciparum plasmepsin X WM382 Pk - 9.7 pEC50 1
pEC50 9.7 (EC50 1.8x10-10 M) SYBR Green assay [1]
Lifecycle stages: Plasmodium asexual blood stage (erythrocytic merozoite, trophozoite, erythrocytic schizont)
Description: Parasite growth inhibition assay


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1. Favuzza P, de Lera Ruiz M, Thompson JK, Triglia T, Ngo A, Steel RWJ, Vavrek M, Christensen J, Healer J, Boyce C et al.. (2020) Dual Plasmepsin-Targeting Antimalarial Agents Disrupt Multiple Stages of the Malaria Parasite Life Cycle. Cell Host Microbe, 27 (4): 642-658.e12. [PMID:32109369]