The development of drugs for treatment of lseeping sickness: a historical review

Steverding, D (2010) The development of drugs for treatment of lseeping sickness: a historical review. Parasites & Vectors, 3. ISSN 1756-3305

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Abstract

Only four drugs are available for the chemotherapy of human African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness; Suramin, pentamidine, melarsoprol and eflornithine. The history of the development of these drugs is well known and documented. suramin, pentamidine and melarsoprol were developed in the first half of the last century by the then recently established methods of medicinal chemistry. Eflornithine, originally developed in the 1970s as an anti-cancer drug, became a treatment of sleeping sickness largely by accident. This review summarises the developmental processes which led to these chemotherapies from the discovery of the first bioactive lead compounds to the identification of the final drugs.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 11:08
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 14:17
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/11565
DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-3-15

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