Receptor-mediated endocytosis for drug delivery in African trypanosomes

Fulfilling Paul Ehrlich's vision of chemotherapy

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Abstract

Bloodstream-form cells of Trypanosoma brucei exhibit massively increased endocytic activity relative to the insect midgut stage, enabling rapid recycling of variant surface glycoprotein and antibody clearance from the surface. In addition, recent advances have identified a role for receptor-mediated endocytosis in the uptake of the antitrypanosomal drug, suramin, via invariant surface glycoprotein 75, and in the uptake of trypanosome lytic factor 1 via haptoglobin-haemoglobin receptor. Here, we argue that receptor-mediated endocytosis represents both a validated drug target and a promising route for the delivery of novel therapeutics into trypanosomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Volume29
Issue number5
Early online date17 Apr 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

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Trypanosomiasis
Membrane Glycoproteins
Endocytosis
Suramin
Drug Therapy
Trypanosoma brucei brucei
Recycling
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Insects
Antibodies
Therapeutics
hemoglobin-haptoglobin receptor

Keywords

  • Drug delivery
  • Endocytosis
  • Suramin
  • Trypanolytic factor
  • Trypanosoma brucei

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In: Trends in Parasitology, Vol. 29, No. 5, 05.2013, p. 207-212.

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