Structure- and function-based design of Plasmodium-selective proteasome inhibitors

The team used a revolutionary technique called Cryo-Electron Microscopy to determine the 3D structure of the malaria parasite proteasome. This enabled design of an inhibitor that is able to attenuate parasite growth in vivo without significant toxicity to the host. The compound is active against strains of the malaria parasite from South East Asia that are resistant to currently used antimalarial drugs.