Plasmodium falciparum: molecular characterization of multidrug-resistant Cambodian isolates

Exp Parasitol. 1996 Mar;82(2):97-103. doi: 10.1006/expr.1996.0013.


Clinical resistance to many therapies for malaria is a rapidly evolving problem in most endemic areas, particularly, Southeast Asia. Recent studies have suggested linkages between the mdr-like genes of Plasmodium falciparum and resistance to quinoline containing compounds. Other studies have found an association between allelic polymorphisms in the DHFR gene and antifol resistance in these parasites. The purpose of this study was to further examine these associations in recent isolates from Cambodia. DNA sequences and gene copy number of the pfmdrl and the DHFR-TS gene in 10 Cambodian isolates were analyzed and correlated with the drug sensitivity pattern. No new intragenic alleles were detected in the pfmdrl gene by a full-length DNA sequence analysis of the L-14/Cambodia clone. The allelic variations seen in pfmdrl in these isolates did not correlate with chloroquine resistance as previously reported. The full-length sequence of the DHFR latter findings may be correlated with high-level resistance to the antifolate drugs as has been previously described. None of the Cambodian isolates presented gene amplification in either pfmdrl or DHFR-TS genes.

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Antimalarials / pharmacology*
  • Blotting, Southern
  • Cambodia
  • Chloroquine / pharmacology
  • Codon / genetics
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • DNA, Protozoan / analysis
  • Drug Resistance, Multiple / genetics*
  • Folic Acid Antagonists / pharmacology*
  • Genes, Protozoan*
  • Genetic Variation
  • Humans
  • Mefloquine / pharmacology
  • Phenanthrenes / pharmacology
  • Plasmodium falciparum / drug effects
  • Plasmodium falciparum / genetics*
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Proguanil
  • Pyrimethamine / pharmacology
  • Triazines / pharmacology


  • Antimalarials
  • Codon
  • DNA, Protozoan
  • Folic Acid Antagonists
  • Phenanthrenes
  • Triazines
  • cycloguanil
  • Chloroquine
  • halofantrine
  • Proguanil
  • Mefloquine
  • Pyrimethamine