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Exploration of 3-methylisoquinoline-4-carbonitriles as protein kinase A inhibitors of Plasmodium falciparum.

Buskes MJ, Harvey KL, Prinz B, Crabb BS, Gilson PR, Wilson DJ, Abbott BM
Department of Chemistry and Physics, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria 3086, Australia.


A series of isoquinolines have been evaluated in a homology model of Plasmodium falciparum Protein Kinase A (PfPKA) using molecular dynamics. Synthesis of these compounds was then undertaken to investigate their structure-activity relationships. One compound was found to inhibit parasite growth in an in vitro assay and provides a lead to further develop 3-methylisoquinoline-4-carbonitriles as antimalarial compounds. Development of a potent and selective PfPKA inhibitor would provide a useful tool to shed further insight into the mechanisms enabling malaria parasites to establish infection.


  • Journal: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Published: 28/03/2016
  • Volume: 24
  • Issue: 11
  • Pagination: 2389-2396


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