Two Rh(III) and Ir(III) half-sandwich quinoline-based complexes were synthesised and evaluated for their in vitro antiplasmodial activity against the chloroquine-sensitive NF54 and multi-drug resistant K1 strains of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. These half-sandwich organometallic complexes can also facilitate transfer hydrogenation, by converting β-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) to its reduced form (NADH) in the presence of sodium formate. Co-administration of the iridium(III) complex with sodium formate enhances the antiplasmodial activity in the chloroquine-resistant (K1) strain of Plasmodium falciparum, intimating that metal-mediated transfer hydrogenations can be achieved in malarial parasitic cells.
|Number of pages||6|
|Early online date||9 Aug 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Sep 2019|