Volume 82, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Immune effector mechanisms can enhance the activity of antischistosomal drugs. We examined the effect of single oral doses of the antimalarials artemether (400 mg/kg) and mefloquine (200 mg/kg), recently described to have promising antischistosomal properties, against juvenile and adult in T cell-deficient and in comparably infected age- and sex-matched immunologically intact control mice. Artemether and mefloquine are equally effective in athymic and immunocompetent mice. Artemether treatment resulted in total and female worm burden reductions ranging between 71.1% and 85.3%, whereas mefloquine achieved total and female worm burden reductions of 80.4–97.8%. In conclusion, artemether and mefloquine act T-cell independently and no synergistic interaction with the immune response was involved.


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  • Received : 10 Aug 2009
  • Accepted : 28 Sep 2009
  • Published online : 05 Jan 2010

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