Volume 61, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The in vitro activities of dihydroartemisinin (the biologically active metabolite of artemisinin derivatives), chloroquine, monodesethylamodiaquine (the biologically active metabolite of amodiaquine), quinine, mefloquine, halofantrine, and pyrimethamine were assessed in 65 African isolates of Plasmodium falciparum from Yaounde, Cameroon using an isotopic microtest. The 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) values for dihydroartemisinin were within a narrow range from 0.25 to 4.56 nM, with a geometric mean of 1.11 nM (95% confidence interval = 0.96-1.28 nM). Dihydroartemisinin was equally active (P > 0.05) against the chloroquine-sensitive isolates (geometric mean IC50 = 1.25 nM, 95% confidence interval = 0.99-1.57 nM) and the chloroquine-resistant isolates (geometric mean IC50 = 0.979 nM, 95% confidence interval = 0.816-1.18 nM). A significant positive correlation was observed between the responses to dihydroartemisinin and mefloquine (r = 0.662) or halofantrine (r = 0.284), suggesting in vitro cross-resistance. There was no correlation between the responses to dihydroartemisinin and other antimalarial drugs.


Article metrics loading...

The graphs shown below represent data from March 2017
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error