Medicinal chemistry

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Medicinal chemistry

  1. 1. malaria treatment using Grapefruit<br />Grapefruit is one of the most effective home remedies for malaria. It should be taken daily. It contains a natural quinine-like substance which can be extracted from the fruit by boiling a quarter of a grapefruit and straining its pulp.<br />Grapefruit juice increases the oral availability of a variety of the CYP3A4 substrates. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of repeated administration of grapefruit juice with artemether on the hepatic activities of cytochrome P-450 (CYP450) and cytochrome b5 (cyt b5), on the serum levels of some biochemical enzymes and antischistosome efficacy. Results showed that administration of grapefruit juice alone induced more inhibition in the hepatic activities of CYP450 and cyt b5 than that produced by Schistosoma mansoni infection. Moreover, it enhanced degeneration of eggs and accelerated healing of the pathological granulomatous lesions.<br />

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