Pharmacological Potential of Selected Natural Compounds in the Control of Parasitic Diseases

  • Gabriela Hrckova
  • Samuel Velebny

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About this book

Introduction

The natural world with a large number of terrestrial and marine plants and lower organisms is a great source of bioactive compounds historically used as remedies in various diseases. Within the last decade, such compounds became more attractive targets for pharmacologists and the pharmaceutical industry in drug development projects. This volume presents the pharmacological potential of chemically defined natural compounds obtained from plants, fungi, algae and cyanobacteria with antiparasitic activity, that have been tested against various endo-parasitic protozoan and helminth species. Additionally, the advantages of combined therapy using antiparasitic drugs and natural compounds with selected specific activity are reviewed and explained in the context of host pathology and immunosuppression induced by the parasites. The conclusions of this new book give suggestions for further non-empirical drug development and discuss perspectives of alternative approaches to therapy of parasitic diseases.

Keywords

natural compound natural compound pharmacology parasitic disease control

Authors and affiliations

  • Gabriela Hrckova
    • 1
  • Samuel Velebny
    • 2
  1. 1.Slovak Academy of SciencesInsitute of ParasitologyKosiceSlovakia
  2. 2.Slovak Academy of SciencesInstitute of ParasitologyKosiceSlovakia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7091-1325-7
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7091-1324-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7091-1325-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1864-8118
  • Series Online ISSN 1864-8126
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