Chapter 150 : Mechanisms of Resistance to Antiparasitic Agents

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Parasitic diseases rank among the most prevalent and severe diseases worldwide and yet their control relies heavily on a single tool: the drugs used for chemotherapy or prophylaxis. This dependence on drugs is compounded by the relative paucity of the current armamentarium of antiparasitic products and the selection of drug-resistant parasites. Mechanisms for true resistance are varied and include a decrease in drug accumulation within the parasite or modifications in parasite enzyme structure or metabolic pathways. However, various host factors modulate the clinical and parasitologic responses to drug treatment, and the observed responses do not necessarily reflect true parasite resistance or susceptibility. A selective review of drug resistance in five parasitic diseases (malaria, trichomoniasis, leishmaniasis, African trypanosomiasis, and schistosomiasis) will illustrate the existing problems and their potential solutions.

Citation: Evan Secor W, Le Bras J, Clain J. 2015. Mechanisms of Resistance to Antiparasitic Agents, p 2550-2562. In Jorgensen J, Pfaller M, Carroll K, Funke G, Landry M, Richter S, Warnock D (ed), Manual of Clinical Microbiology, Eleventh Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817381.ch150
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