Review of experimental compounds demonstrating anti-Toxoplasma activity

Madalyn M. McFarland, Sydney J. Zach, Xiaofang Wang, Lakshmi Prasad Potluri, Andrew J. Neville, Jonathan L. Vennerstrom, Paul H. Davis

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Toxoplasma gondii is a ubiquitous apicomplexan parasite capable of infecting humans and other animals. Current treatment options for T. gondii infection are limited and most have drawbacks, including high toxicity and low tolerability. Additionally, no FDA-approved treatments are available for pregnant women, a high-risk population due to transplacental infection. Therefore, the development of novel treatment options is needed. To aid this effort, this review highlights experimental compounds that, at a minimum, demonstrate inhibition of in vitro growth of T. gondii. When available, host cell toxicity and in vivo data are also discussed. The purpose of this review is to facilitate additional development of anti-Toxoplasma compounds and potentially to extend our knowledge of the parasite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7017-7034
Number of pages18
JournalAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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