There is a dire need for novel therapeutics to treat the virulent malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. Recently, the X-ray crystal structure of enoyl-acyl carrier protein reductase (ENR) in complex with triclosan has been determined and provides an opportunity for the rational design of novel inhibitors targeting the active site of ENR. Here, we report the discovery of several compounds by virtual screening and their experimental validation as high potency PfENR inhibitors.
- Virtual Screening
- Structure-based Drug Design
- Molecular Modeling
- Enoyl-acyl Carrier Protein Reductase