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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Whole Organism Assay Data Linked to This Target
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Ligand Sp. Assay description Type Action Affinity Units Reference
DSM265 PfNF54 Parasite growth inhibition assay - - 7.5 pIC50 1
pIC50 7.5 (IC50 3x10-8 M) [3H]-hypoxanthine incorporation [1]
Lifecycle stages: Plasmodium asexual blood stage (erythrocytic merozoite, trophozoite, erythrocytic schizont)
General Comments
The pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway has facilitated the successful identification of antimalarial 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 Med, 7 (296): 296ra111. [PMID:26180101]

2. Phillips MA, Rathod PK. (2010) Plasmodium dihydroorotate dehydrogenase: a promising target for novel anti-malarial chemotherapy. Infect Disord Drug Targets, 10 (3): 226-39. [PMID:20334617]

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Antimalarial targets: Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase. Last modified on 08/05/2018. Accessed on 15/07/2018. IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY,