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Biochem J. May 15, 1986; 236(1): 97–101.
PMCID: PMC1146791

The effect of purified aminoaldehydes produced by polyamine oxidation on the development in vitro of Plasmodium falciparum in normal and glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficient erythrocytes.

Abstract

Purified aminoaldehydes produced by polyamine oxidation were toxic to the malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, cultured in human erythrocytes. There was a profound effect on young ring forms, and, during maturation, parasites became more sensitive to the aldehydes. Oxidation of the aldehydes abolished the lethal effect. The plasmodia within glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase (G6PD)-deficient erythrocytes were more sensitive to mono- and di-aldehydes than were parasites in normal erythrocytes. G6PD-deficient erythrocytes were also more sensitive to pretreatment with the dialdehyde produced by the oxidation of spermine. Pretreatment prevented further invasion by the parasites.

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