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Durham University

Department of Biosciences


Publication details for Prof. Ehmke Pohl

Cardew, E.M., Verlinde, C.L.J.M. & Pohl, E. (2018). The Calcium-dependent protein kinase 1 from Toxoplasma gondii as target for structure-based drug design. Parasitology 145(2): 210-218.

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The apicomplexan protozoan parasites include the causative agents of animal and human diseases ranging from malaria (Plasmodium spp.) to toxoplasmosis (Toxoplasma gondii). The complex life cycle of T. gondii is regulated by a unique family of calcium-dependent protein kinases (CDPKs) that have become the target of intensive efforts to develop new therapeutics. In this review, we will summarize structure-based strategies, recent successes and future directions in the pursuit of specific and selective inhibitors of T. gondii CDPK1.