Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

, Volume 91, Issue 1–2, pp 159–165 | Cite as

Effects of membrane acting-drugs on plasmodium species and sickle cell erythrocytes

  • S. Tsuyoshi Ohnishi
  • Kenneth K. Sadanaga
  • Masayuki Katsuoka
  • William P. Weidanz
Invited Paper


The effects of several membrane-acting drugs on malaria and sickle cell anemia was studied. In the initial experiments, propranolol and W-7 were shown to increase red cell density.In vitro, these drugs inhibited the growth ofP. falciparum. However,in vivo experiments using the murine malarial parasite,P. vinckei, demonstrated little, if any, anti-parasite activity with the doses of drugs employed. Subsequently, prostaglandin oligomeric derivatives were found to inhibit the growth ofP. falciparum in vitro andP. vinckei in vivo. Since prostaglandin oligomers inhibited the formation of dense, dehydrated cells (irreversible sickle cells), they may also have therapeutic efficacy in sickle cell anemia.

Key words

propranolol W-7 prostaglandin oligomers malarial parasites Sickle cell anemia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Tsuyoshi Ohnishi
    • 1
  • Kenneth K. Sadanaga
    • 1
  • Masayuki Katsuoka
    • 1
  • William P. Weidanz
    • 2
  1. 1.Membrane Research InstituteMembrane Research FoundationPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyHahnemann University School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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