Delivery of antimicrobials into parasites

B. U. Samuel, B. Hearn, D. Mack, P. Wender, J. Rothbard, M. J. Kirisits, E. Mui, S. Wernimont, C. W. Roberts, S. P. Muench, D. W. Rice, Sean Taylor Prigge, A. B. Law, R. McLeod

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To eliminate apicomplexan parasites, inhibitory compounds must cross host cell, parasitophorous vacuole, and parasite membranes and cyst walls, making delivery challenging. Here, we show that short oligomers of arginine enter Toxoplasma gondii tachyzoites and encysted bradyzoites. Triclosan, which inhibits enoyl-ACP reductase (ENR), conjugated to arginine oligomers enters extracellular tachyzoites, host cells, tachyzoites inside parasitophorous vacuoles within host cells, extracellular bradyzoites, and bradyzoites within cysts. We identify, clone, and sequence T. gondii enr and produce and characterize enzymatically active, recombinant ENR. This enzyme has the requisite amino acids to bind triclosan. Triclosan released after conjugation to octaarginine via a readily hydrolyzable ester linkage inhibits ENR activity, tachyzoites in vitro, and tachyzoites in mice. Delivery of an inhibitor to a microorganism via conjugation to octaarginine provides an approach to transporting antimicrobials and other small molecules to sequestered parasites, a model system to characterize transport across multiple membrane barriers and structures, a widely applicable paradigm for treatment of active and encysted apicomplexan and other infections, and a generic proof of principle for a mechanism of medicine delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14281-14286
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume100
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 25 2003

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Triclosan
Oxidoreductases
Parasites
Toxoplasma
Vacuoles
Arginine
Cysts
Membranes
Esters
Clone Cells
Medicine
Amino Acids
Enzymes
Infection
octaarginine

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  • Genetics
  • General

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Samuel, B. U., Hearn, B., Mack, D., Wender, P., Rothbard, J., Kirisits, M. J., ... McLeod, R. (2003). Delivery of antimicrobials into parasites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 100(SUPPL. 2), 14281-14286. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2436169100

Delivery of antimicrobials into parasites. / Samuel, B. U.; Hearn, B.; Mack, D.; Wender, P.; Rothbard, J.; Kirisits, M. J.; Mui, E.; Wernimont, S.; Roberts, C. W.; Muench, S. P.; Rice, D. W.; Prigge, Sean Taylor; Law, A. B.; McLeod, R.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 100, No. SUPPL. 2, 25.11.2003, p. 14281-14286.

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Samuel, BU, Hearn, B, Mack, D, Wender, P, Rothbard, J, Kirisits, MJ, Mui, E, Wernimont, S, Roberts, CW, Muench, SP, Rice, DW, Prigge, ST, Law, AB & McLeod, R 2003, 'Delivery of antimicrobials into parasites', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 100, no. SUPPL. 2, pp. 14281-14286. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2436169100
Samuel BU, Hearn B, Mack D, Wender P, Rothbard J, Kirisits MJ et al. Delivery of antimicrobials into parasites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2003 Nov 25;100(SUPPL. 2):14281-14286. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2436169100
Samuel, B. U. ; Hearn, B. ; Mack, D. ; Wender, P. ; Rothbard, J. ; Kirisits, M. J. ; Mui, E. ; Wernimont, S. ; Roberts, C. W. ; Muench, S. P. ; Rice, D. W. ; Prigge, Sean Taylor ; Law, A. B. ; McLeod, R. / Delivery of antimicrobials into parasites. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2003 ; Vol. 100, No. SUPPL. 2. pp. 14281-14286.
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