Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase

Target id: 2949

Nomenclature: Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase

Abbreviated Name: PfDHODH

Family: Antimalarial targets

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Gene and Protein Information
Species TM AA Chromosomal Location Gene Symbol Gene Name Reference
Plasmodium falciparum 3D7 - 569 DHODH dihydroorotate dehydrogenase
Previous and Unofficial Names
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Ligand Sp. Action Affinity Units Reference
DSM265 Pf3D7 Inhibition 7.5 pIC50 1
pIC50 7.5 (IC50 3x10-8 M) [1]
General Comments
The pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway has facilitated the successful identification of anti-malarial drug targets. These include the fourth enzyme in the pathway as P. falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (PfDHODH) [2]. In this publication they established that the cross reactivity with human DHODH was orders of magnitude lower.


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1. Phillips MA, Lotharius J, Marsh K, White J, Dayan A, White KL, Njoroge JW, El Mazouni F, Lao Y, Kokkonda S et al.. (2015) A long-duration dihydroorotate dehydrogenase inhibitor (DSM265) for prevention and treatment of malaria. Sci Transl Med7 (296): 296ra111. [PMID:26180101]

2. Phillips MA, Rathod PK. (2010) Plasmodium dihydroorotate dehydrogenase: a promising target for novel anti-malarial chemotherapy. Infect Disord Drug Targets10 (3): 226-39. [PMID:20334617]

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Antimalarial targets: Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase. Last modified on 28/02/2018. Accessed on 18/03/2018. IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY,