ISLAMABAD: Scientists have identified a new method to stop malaria parasites from multiplying, paving way for new treatments for the deadly mosquito-borne disease.
Researchers found that blocking the activity of an enzyme called NMT in the most common malaria parasite prevents mice from showing symptoms and extends their lifespan, Science Daily reported.
The team are working to design molecules that target NMT more potently, and hope to startclinical trials of potential treatments within four years.
Although a variety of antimalarial drugs are available, some strains of the parasite are resistant to treatment. These strains are becoming more common.
The new study shows that NMT is involved in a wide range of essential processes in the parasite cell.
The experts have tested a handful of molecules that block the activity of NMT in the parasite living inside human red blood cells.—APP