The effect of antiretrovirals on Plasmodium falciparum liver stages

Charlotte V. Hobbs, Patricia De La Vega, Scott R. Penzak, Jillian Van Vliet, Urszula Krzych, Photini Sinnis, William Borkowsky, Patrick E. Duffy

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

13 Scopus citations


HIV and malaria overlap geographically, but the full impact of different antiretrovirals on malaria remains poorly understood. We examined the anti-malarial activity of the HIV protease inhibitors lopinavir and saquinavir and the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor nevirapine on Plasmodium falciparum liver stages. Our results demonstrate that the HIV PI lopinavir inhibits liver stage parasites at clinically relevant concentrations, that is, at drug levels achieved in HIV-infected patients on standard dosing regimens. Because drugs that inhibit liver stages target parasites when they are present in lower numbers, these results might have implications for eradication efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1674-1677
Number of pages4
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jun 19 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases


Dive into the research topics of 'The effect of antiretrovirals on Plasmodium falciparum liver stages'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this