Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Magic Bullet

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4736-1

This term derives from the Nobel Prize winner Paul Ehrlich when describing an efficient drug (like his antisyphilis product Salvarsan or his antitrypanosomal compound), which attack directly pathogens or malignant tissues without effects of interfering with healthy tissues of a host. Ding et al. (2011) see similar effects in the activities of the artemisinins in the case of malaria.


Healthy Tissue Nobel Prize Malignant Tissue Efficient Drug Magic Bullet 
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  1. Ding XC et al (2011) Plasmodium sensitivity to artemisinins: magic bullets hit elusive targets. Trends Parasitol 27:73–81CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Further Reading

  1. Ehrlich P (1907) Chemotherapeutische Trypanosomen Studien. Berl Klin Wschr 10:233–236 and 10:280–283Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany