Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases and an enormous public health problem. Each year it causes disease in approximately 650 million people and kills between 1 and 3 million, most of them young children in Sub-Saharan Africa. This book provides an overview of the research that has been done in malaria biochemistry in the quest to find a cure. It discusses how our understanding has helped us to develop better diagnostics and novel chemotherapies. Researchers will find having all of this information in one volume, annotated with personal reflections from a leader in the field, invaluable given the big push being made on various fronts to use the latest drug discovery tools to attack malaria and other developing country diseases.

Key Features

* Reviews the past 100 years of malaria biochemistry research providing researchers with an overview of the investigations that have been undertaken in this field Benefit: Allows researchers to see what progress has been made so that they can use this knowledge when trying to develop the latest drug discovery tools to attack malaria * Chronicles both biochemical successes and failures Benefit: Allows researchers to see what has and hasn't work which they can then apply in their own research


Researchers in parasitology, tropical medicine and entomology.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Malaria Parasites 2. The Early Years 3. Show Me The Money 4. In vivo and in vitro models a. Life in the Erythrocyte b. Life Outside the Erythrocyte c. Life in the Mosquito 5. Malaria Pigment 6. Chloroquine and Hemozoin 7. Isoenzymes 8. The Road to the Plasmodium falciparum Genome 9. Carbohydrate metabolism a. Glycolysis and the TCA Cycle b. The Pentose Phosphate Pathway c. Pyridine nucleotides d. Carbon dioxide fixation 10. Pyrimidines and the Mitochondrion 11. The Road to Atovaquone 12. The Ring Road to the Apicoplast 13. Ribosomes and Ribosomal RNA Synthesis 14. De Novo Synthesis of Pyrimidines and Folates 15. Salvage of Purines 16. Polyamines 17. New Permeability Pathways and Transport 18. Hemoglobinases 19. Membrane Proteins 20. Trafficking 21. Membrane Lipids 22. Adhesion a. Adhesion Without Knobs b. Cerebral Malaria 23. Invasion 24. Vitamins and Antioxidants 25. Shocks and Clocks 26. Transcriptomes, Proteomes and Data Mining 27. Mosquito Interactions


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About the author

Irwin Sherman

Affiliations and Expertise

The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA