Exploration of thiaheterocyclic hHDAC6 inhibitors as potential antiplasmodial agents

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Aim: The recurring resistance of the malaria parasite to many drugs compels the design of innovative chemical entities in antimalarial research. Pan-histone deacetylase inhibitors (pan-HDACis) have recently been presented in the literature as powerful novel antimalarials, although their application is hampered due to toxic side effects. This drawback might be neutralized by the deployment of isoform-selective HDACis. Results: In this study, 42 thiaheterocyclic benzohydroxamic acids, 17 of them being potent and selective hHDAC6 inhibitors, were tested to investigate a possible correlation between hHDAC6 inhibition and antiplasmodial activity.

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