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Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1994 Feb;38(2):337-9.

In vivo activity of ajoene against rodent malaria.

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  • 1Centro de Microbiología y Biología Celular, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Caracas, Venezuela.


Ajoene (4,5,9-trithiadodeca-1,6,11-triene 9-oxide), a product initially isolated from extracts of garlic (Allium sativum), was tested for its antimalarial activity in vivo in a well-characterized murine model. A single ajoene dose of 50 mg/kg, on the day of infection, suppressed the development of parasitemia; there were no obvious acute toxic effects from the tested dose. The combination of ajoene (50 mg/kg) and chloroquine (4.5 mg/kg), given as a single dose on the day of the infection, completely prevented the subsequent development of parasitemia in treated mice.

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