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Current landscape of Sudanese natural products-based drug discovery: present opportunities, strength and weakness

Current landscape of Sudanese natural products-based drug discovery: present opportunities, strength and weakness

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Title: Current landscape of Sudanese natural products-based drug discovery: present opportunities, strength and weakness
Author: Khalid, Sami A.
Abstract: Naturally derived molecules constitute a substantial portion of all therapeutic drug arsenals available today and the contribution of natural products to treat infectious diseases is immeasurable. Nevertheless, investigating the virtually untapped Sudanese natural resources for discovering structurally diverse bioactive novel molecules remains a challenge. The potential of natural products from plants against protozoa causing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) has recently been reviewed extensively by members of our recently established international research initiative, the Research Network of Natural Products against Neglected Diseases (ResNet NPND). The presentation will focus on the current status and future perspectives of drug discovery from Sudanese plants with emphasis on the present opportunities, strength and weaknesses by providing vivid examples illustrating our research efforts to discover novel molecules against NTDs with especial reference to malaria, leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis, and mycetoma.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/10005
Date: 2015-02


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