Analysis of immune response patterns in naïve and Plasmodium berghei-infected young rats following a ferroquine treatment.
ABSTRACT The direct antimalarial activity of ferroquine (FQ, SSR97193), a chloroquine (CQ) derivative, is well established. To determine whether the FQ anti-parasite activity affects the host immune properties, we have investigated its effect on several immunological parameters in young rats infected with Plasmodium berghei and compared it with that of CQ. In uninfected young rats, treatment with either drug did not show any impairment in the cellular distribution of spleen cells in their response to mitogens and did not induce the production of IL-10 in vivo. After infection, rats treated with CQ or FQ showed no parasitemia and survived with no recrudescence, in comparison with placebo. Nevertheless, FQ cured young rats more rapidly than its parent drug. Analysis of cellular distribution including CD4+TCR+, CD8+TCR+, NK and NKT cells in blood and spleen and the production of specific antibodies did not reveal any alteration of these parameters in infected young rats treated either with CQ or FQ. However, we observed a persistence of CD4+CD25+T-cells in infected CQ-treated rats when compared with infected FQ-treated rats, very likely related to the delay of blood parasite clearance by CQ-treatment. Another significant difference is that the CQ treatment dramatically inhibited the lymphoproliferative response of young infected rats when compared with FQ. Collectively, the absence of any observable immunotoxic effects due to FQ in naïve and infected young rats, together with previous results indicating the susceptibility to FQ of all Plasmodium falciparum field isolates and CQ-resistant strains make it a promising drug for malarial treatment.
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ABSTRACT: Three ferroquine (FQ) derivatives, closely mimicking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), have been prepared. Whereas these organometallic compounds provide the expected reduced cytotoxic effects compared to FQ, they inhibit in vitro growth of Plasmodium falciparum far better than chloroquine (CQ). Moreover, this new class of bioorganometallic compounds exert antiviral effects with some selectivity toward SARS-CoV infection. These new drugs may offer an interesting alternative for Asia where SARS originated and malaria has remained endemic.Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 06/2006; 49(9):2845-9. DOI:10.1021/jm0601856 · 5.48 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Ferroquine (FQ or SR97193) is a novel antimalarial drug candidate, currently in development at Sanofi-Aventis. In contrast to conventional drugs, FQ is the first organometallic drug: a ferrocenyl group covalently flanked by a 4-aminoquinoline and a basic alkylamine. FQ is able to overcome the CQ resistance problem, an important limit to the control of Plasmodium falciparum, the principal causative agent of malaria. After fifteen years of effort, it is now possible to propose a multifactorial mechanism of action of FQ by its capacity to target lipids, to inhibit the formation of hemozoin and to generate reactive oxygen species.Molecules 02/2008; 13(11):2900-7. DOI:10.3390/molecules13112900 · 2.10 Impact Factor