PubMed 17292071

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Automatically associated channels: ClvC2 , ClvC4

Title: Artemisinin inhibits cation currents in malaria-infected human erythrocytes.

Authors: Christophe Duranton, Canan Akkaya, Verena B Brand, Valerie Tanneur, Florian Lang, Stephan M Huber

Journal, date & volume: , 2005 Jun , 1, 143-9

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Previous patch-clamp studies have demonstrated inwardly and outwardly rectifying anion currents, ClC-2 Cl- currents, and nonselective Ca(++)-permeable cation currents in Plasmodium falciparum-infected human erythrocytes.The current work studied the effect of the potent antimalarial drug artemisinin on the P falciparum infection-induced whole cell currents in human erythrocyte.Artemisinin had no significant effect on the outwardly rectifying anion currents but inhibited the cation-selective currents with an apparent half-maximal inhibitory concentration of < or =10 micromol/L.Because artemisinin reportedly inhibits the asexual parasite amplification with much higher potency, the antimalarial action of the drug cannot be attributed to the artemisinin effect on the cation currents. However, artemisinin may be used as a pharmacologic tool to dissect different current fractions in P falciparum-infected erythrocytes.