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Pathology.xqhospital.com.cnThe American Journal of Pathology, Vol. 174, No. 3, March 2009 Copyright American Society for Investigative Pathology Growth Factors, Cytokines, Cell Cycle Molecules The Neuronal Expression of MYC Causes aNeurodegenerative Phenotype in a NovelTransgenic Mouse Hyoung-gon Lee,* Gemma Casadesus,† from inappropriate cell cycle control.
(Am J Pathol
Akihiko Nunomura,‡ Xiongwei Zhu,* 2009, 174:891– 897; DOI: 10.2353/ajpath.2009.080583)
Rudy J. Castellani,§ Sandy L. Richardson,*George Perry,*¶ Dean W. Felsher,储 Neurons in the normal brain are viewed as being quies- Robert B. Petersen,*† and Mark A. Smith* cent, not advancing past the G period of the cell division From the Departments of Pathology * and Neurosciences,† Case cycle. However, in Alzheimer's disease (AD), multiple Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; the Interdisciplinary lines of evidence suggest that neurons vulnerable to Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering,‡ University of degeneration emerge from this postmitotic state—pheno- Yamanashi, Yamanashi, Japan; the Department of Pathology,§ typically suggestive of cells that are cycling, rather than University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland; the College of the normal terminally differentiated nondividing state.1–5 Sciences,¶ University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Notably, cell cycle alterations are not limited to AD. For Texas; and the Department of Medicine and Pathology,储 Division example, accumulation of hyperphosphorylated pRb (ppRb) of Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine, and altered localization of E2F-1 also occurs in neurons in Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sug-gesting that neurons re-enter the G phase of the cell cycle.6–8 The successful duplication of DNA, at least inAD,9–11 indicates that some neurons successfully complete Many different proteins associated with the cell cy-
S phase and precludes the possibility that the re-expression cle , including cyclins , cyclin-dependent kinases ,
of various cell cycle markers observed is merely an epiphe- and proto-oncogenes such as c-MYC (MYC) , are in-
nomena caused by reduced proteosomal activity.12 creased in degenerating neurons. Consequently , an
The causes or consequences of neuronal cell cycle ectopic activation of the cell cycle machinery in neu-
are incompletely understood. Nonetheless, it is well rons has emerged as a potential pathogenic mecha-
known that the activation of cell cycle processes is part of nism of neuronal dysfunction and death in many
the mechanism by which loss of trophic support during neurodegenerative diseases , including Alzheimer's
development leads to neuronal cell death, and there is disease. However , the exact role of cell cycle re-entry
during disease pathogenesis is unclear , primarily be-
Supported by the National Institutes of Health (grants AG031364, AG030096 cause of the lack of relevant research models to study
and AG028679) and Alzheimer's Association (NIRG-07-60164).
the effects of cell cycle re-entry on mature neurons in
H.L. and G.C. contributed equally to this study.
vivo. To address this issue , we developed a new trans-
genic mouse model in which forebrain neurons
Accepted for publication December 2, 2008.
(CaMKII-MYC) can be induced to enter the cell cycle
Supplemental material for this article can be found on http://ajp. using the physiologically relevant proto-oncogene
MYC to drive cell cycle re-entry. We show that such
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Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Voyager Pharmaceuticals, Panacea Pharma- re-entry results in neurodegeneration in vivo. Our
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AJP March 2009, Vol. 174, No. 3 also evidence for a role for cell cycle regulators in neu- mice were established in the FVB strain. A doxycycline- ronal death evoked by various stressors.13,14 In support containing diet (200 mg/kg; Bio-Serve, Frenchtown, NJ) of the importance of cell cycle reactivation in mediating was provided before weaning (4 to 6 weeks after birth), cell death, when a powerful oncogene, SV40 T antigen, is and, thereafter, MYC expression was induced by replac- expressed specifically in maturing Purkinje cells or in ing the doxycycline diet with a regular diet for 5 weeks.
forebrain neurons in transgenic mice, the cells replicate After behavioral tests, the mice were sacrificed and the their DNA (ie, initiate cell cycle), but then subsequently brains were processed for immunocytochemistry and degenerate and die.15 Unfortunately, studies performed to date in cell culture do not faithfully reproduce age-related neurodegenera-tive diseases because the cell culture studies use em- bryo-derived primary neuronal cultures that do not accu- Immunocytochemistry was performed by the ABC rately model adult neurons. Furthermore, in traditional method according to the manufacturer's protocol (Vector transgenic mouse models,15 the expression of trans- Laboratories, Burlingame, CA). Formalin-fixed brains genes during embryogenesis, which results in neurode- were processed and embedded in paraffin. Six-m-thick generation at an early age, is more akin to a develop- serial sections were cut, mounted onto slides, and rehy- mental error than an age-dependent process associated drated according to standard protocols. All slides were with neurodegenerative disease. Although a recently de- randomized and blinded with regard to genotype before veloped inducible SV40 T-antigen transgenic model16 staining and subsequent analysis. Briefly, slides were addressed such developmental issues, SV40 T antigen is immersed in xylene, hydrated through graded ethanol not a physiologically relevant entity in any neurodegen- solutions, and endogenous peroxidase activity was elim- erative disease. As such, a faithful and physiologically inated by incubation in 3% hydrogen peroxide for 30 relevant model of neuronal cell cycle activation in mature minutes. To reduce nonspecific binding, sections were neurons was lacking. To generate such a faithful model, incubated for 30 minutes in 10% normal goat serum in in this study, we used the tetracycline-controlled trans- Tris-buffered saline (50 mmol/L Tris-HCl, 150 mmol/L activator (tTA) system to generate bitransgenic mice NaCl, pH 7.6). After rinsing briefly with 1% normal goat (CaMKII-MYC) that can be induced to overexpress hu- serum in Tris-buffered saline, the sections were incu- man c-MYC (MYC) under the control of the CaMKII pro- bated overnight at 4°C with one of the following primary moter that drives high transgene expression in forebrain antibody; anti-proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) neurons.17 MYC is well known for its oncogenic activity mouse monoclonal antibody (Santa Cruz Biotechnology, and overexpression of MYC is commonly associated with Santa Cruz, CA), anti-Ki-67 rat monoclonal antibody tumorigenesis. Indeed, previously we used the Tet sys- (DAKO, Carpinteria, CA), anti-cyclin D1 rabbit monoclo- tem to generate mice that conditionally expressed a hu- nal antibodies (Lab Vision, Fremont, CA), and anti-GFAP man MYC transgene in hematopoietic cells and hepato- mouse monoclonal antibody (Chemicon, Billerica, MA).
cytes18,19 and found that the sustained expression of the Antibodies were localized using 3–3⬘-diaminobenzidine MYC transgene induced cell cycle progression and cul- as a chromogen (DAKO) after incubation with a second- minated in the formation of malignant T-cell lymphomas, ary antibody.
acute myeloid leukemias, and hepatomas. Interestingly, For double immunocytochemistry, the brain sections and of physiological relevance to AD, phospho-MYC is were incubated overnight at 4°C with anti-NeuN mouse increased in dystrophic neurites and neurons with neu- monoclonal antibody (Millipore, Billerica, MA) or anti- rofibrillary tangles in AD and MYC is induced in degen- MAP2 mouse monoclonal antibody (Millipore) in addition erating neurons in animal models of trauma and isch- to anti-PCNA rabbit polyclonal antibody (Abcam, Cam- emia.20 Therefore, MYC expression in transgenic mice in bridge, MA), anti-Ki-67 rat monoclonal antibody, or anti- our model is not only a tool for inducing cell cycle re-entry in BrdU rat monoclonal antibody (Abcam). Alexa Fluor 488- neurons, but MYC expression itself is pathophysiologically and 568-coupled secondary antibodies (Invitrogen, relevant to AD and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Carlsbad, CA) were used for detection. To exclude the Our findings reported in this study show that MYC possibility of nonspecific reaction, all of the immunocyto- induction in CaMKII-MYC transgenic mice induced chemistry experiments contained at least one sample neuronal-specific cell cycle re-entry, neurodegenera- without a primary antibody. Images were acquired tion, and, importantly, significant cognitive deficits. These through an AxioCam camera on an Axiovert 200M micro- findings continue to strengthen our novel hypothesis that scope (Zeiss, Thornwood, NY). Images were then ana- neurodegeneration in AD, like cellular proliferation in can- lyzed with the Axiovision software (Zeiss). Hematoxylin cer, is a disease of inappropriate cell cycle control.
and eosin (H&E) staining and Nissl stains were also per-formed for routine histochemical and morphologicalanalyses.
Materials and Methods BrdU Incorporation Analysis CaMKII-tTA17 and tet-o-MYC mice18 were mated to gen- DNA synthesis was directly examined by analysis of erate CaMKII-MYC mice. Both CaMKII-tTA and tet-o-MYC BrdU incorporation. For this experiment, 50 mg/kg of
Neurodegeneration and MYC AJP March 2009, Vol. 174, No. 3 the thymidine analog 5-bromo-2⬘-deoxyuridine (BrdU) (Sigma, St. Louis, MO) was intraperitoneally injected intoeach mouse. A day after injection, mice were anesthe- All mice (n ⫽ 8 in each group) were tested in a modified tized and perfused with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) version of the T-maze essentially as previously de- followed by 4% paraformaldehyde. Brains were removed, scribed.21 This behavioral task, used to test working cut in the sagittal plane, embedded in paraffin, sec- memory, is based on spontaneous alternation behavior, tioned, and mounted on slides. The sections were treated which describes the innate tendency of mice to visit arms with 2 N hydrochloric acid for 2 hours and then washed that were not previously explored. All animals were al- two times with 1⫻ Tris-buffered saline (3 minutes each) to lowed a 5-minute free run in the maze before testing to neutralize the acid. Incorporated BrdU was detected us- familiarize them with the apparatus and to foster alterna- ing an anti-BrdU rat monoclonal antibody.
tion behavior. On the testing day, mice were placed in thestart arm for 60 seconds before the gate was opened.
Once the mouse entered an arm, the door was closed,and the animal was confined in that arm for 30 seconds; Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain thereafter it was returned to the start arm for a new trial.
Reaction (RT-PCR) Six consecutive trials were performed and alternationrates across the six trials were expressed as a relative The brain region was dissected immediately after collec- percentage based on the maximal alternation rate of tion and used for mRNA isolation using an RNeasy kit 100%, which occurred when a mouse never entered a (Qiagen, Valencia, CA). RT-PCR was performed using repeated arm. Task achievement time (how long it took the RETROscript RT-PCR kit (Ambion, Austin, TX) ac- the animal to enter a goal arm after the gate opened) was cording to the manufacturer's instructions. Briefly, the also calculated.22 purified total RNA (100 ng) was reverse-transcribed with Statistical comparisons were performed by parametric cloned MMLV reverse transcriptase (50 U) by incubating analysis using a one-way analysis of variance and/or at 44°C for 60 minutes, followed by heating at 92°C for 10 Student's t-test, as appropriate, to determine significant minutes. The resulting single-stranded cDNA was then differences across genotypes. The null hypothesis was amplified using a pair of primers for each target gene (25 rejected at P ⬍ 0.05.
pmol) and TaqDNA polymerase (2.5 U; Roche, Indianap-olis, IN) for the indicated number of cycles of amplifica-tion (30 seconds at 94°C for denaturing, 30 seconds at 61°C for primer annealing, and 30 seconds at 72°C for Bitransgenic animals (CaMKII-MYC) that were main- primer extension). The RT-PCR products were then sub- tained on the doxycycline diet to suppress MYC trans- jected to electrophoresis in a 1.5% agarose gel. The gene expression (MYC-Off mice) showed minimal ex- nucleotide sequence used for each primer was as pression of MYC (Figure 1). In marked contrast, follows: for c-myc: 5⬘-primer, 5⬘-TCTGGATCACCTTCT- increased expression, as determined by RT-PCR, of the MYC transgene was significantly increased after the and for GAPDH: 5⬘-primer, 5⬘-ATGTTCCAGTATGACTC- doxycycline-containing diet was replaced by doxycy- cline-free regular diet (MYC-On mice) and, as expected, CACGACA-3⬘. The specificity of PCR was confirmed by was specifically increased in the cerebral cortex and measuring the size of PCR product. In addition, the negative hippocampus (Figure 1).
control (ie, brain tissues from single transgenic mice) and To test whether MYC expression induces cell cycle positive control (ie, SHSY5Y human neuroblastoma cell line) re-entry in neurons, we measured both the expression were tested to confirm the specificity of PCR reaction.
level of PCNA and Ki-67, well-established markers of cellcycle activity, which increase in nuclei during the cell Terminal dUTP Nick-End Labeling (TUNEL)Analysis Detection of 3⬘-OH termini of DNA strand breaks wasperformed on paraffin sections using an in situ cell deathdetection kit (Roche) following the recommendations ofthe manufacturer. Briefly, the tissue sections were treatedwith proteinase K (20 g/ml in 10 mmol/L Tris-HCl, pH7.4) for 30 minutes at 37°C after rehydration. After rinsingslides with PBS, TUNEL reaction mixture containing ter- Figure 1. Inducible expression of MYC in hippocampus by Tet regulatory
minal deoxynucleotidyl transferase and fluorescence-la- system. Expression of the tTA peptide is driven by a CaMKII promoter that isactive in the forebrain neurons. In its active form, tTA binds to the TetO beled nucleotide was applied for 1 hour at 37°C. Positive sequence to drive expression of MYC. Doxycycline (Dox) can inhibit expres- signals were observed directly using fluorescence mi- sion of MYC by binding to tTA, rendering it inactive. In RT-PCR analysis ofdissected brain tissues, MYC is only detected in cerebral cortex, including croscopy. The recommended positive and negative con- hippocampus, after Dox-free regular diet in double-transgenic mice (CaMKII- trols were applied in adjacent sections.
AJP March 2009, Vol. 174, No. 3 Figure 3. DNA replication in the hippocampal neurons in MYC-On mice.
Incorporation of BrdU during DNA replication is visualized using an anti-
BrdU antibody (red). The number of BrdU-positive nuclei is dramatically
increased in the hippocampal pyramidal neuron layer (CA1) of MYC-On
mice. Double staining with anti-MAP2 antibody (green) clearly demonstrates
that the BrdU-positive cells are neurons. In MYC-Off mice, virtually no
BrdU-positive nuclei are observed. Scale bar ⫽ 50 m.
MAP2, a specific marker for neurons. In contrast, noBrdU-positive cells were found in the pyramidal neuronsin MYC-Off mice (Figure 3). That PCNA, Ki-67, cyclin D1,and BrdU immunoreactivity were all observed in the nu-clei of the population of hippocampal neurons that ex-press MYC (ie, forebrain neurons), suggests that the cellcycle machinery was switched on and that the neuronsprogress through S phase. Therefore, the CaMKII-MYC Figure 2. Cell cycle markers increase in the hippocampal neurons in
mice appear to be an excellent model for the analysis of MYC-On mice. A: The expression of PCNA is dramatically increased in the
the specific events occurring after MYC induction and the nuclei of hippocampal neurons (CA1 region) from MYC-On mice. B: In
MYC-Off mice, a basal level of PCNA is observed with a diffuse staining
subsequent re-entry of postmitotic neurons into the cell pattern in the nucleus and cytoplasm. C–E: Double staining with anti-NeuN
antibody (red) clearly demonstrates the expression of PCNA (green) in The pathological effects of MYC expression were also neurons. F: Similar to PCNA, Ki-67 is strongly increased in the nuclei of
pyramidal neurons of the hippocampal CA1 region in MYC-On mice, but not
examined. Degenerating eosinophilic neurons with a observed in MYC-Off mice. Scale bars ⫽ 50 m.
shrunken or pyknotic appearance and condensed chro-matin were readily detected in every MYC-On mouse cycle, and cyclin D1, a key cell cycle regulator. The (Figure 4, A and B). Indeed, Nissl stain confirmed mas- expression of PCNA, Ki-67, and cyclin D1 is strongly sive and selective neuronal loss in the CA1 region in induced in the CA1 region of hippocampus after removal MYC-On mice, but not in MYC-Off mice (Figure 4, C and of doxycycline for 5 weeks (Figure 2, A–F; and see Sup- D). To expand on these findings, we assessed TUNEL plemental Figure S1 at http://ajp.amjpathol.org); the most staining in MYC-On and MYC-Off mice to measure apo- intense staining was observed in the nuclei of pyramidal ptotic changes. Consistent with the histological data, in- neurons. In contrast, the hippocampal neurons in the creased numbers of TUNEL-positive neurons were found CA1 region in MYC-Off mice showed very low levels of in the CA1 region of the hippocampus of MYC-On mice both PCNA and cyclin D1, and undetectable levels of but not in MYC-Off mice (Figure 5, A–C). Furthermore, an Ki-67. To further confirm the specific expression of these antibody to glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) used to cell cycle markers in neurons, double immunocytochem- detect astrocytes revealed intensely reactive astrocytosis istry was performed with an anti-NeuN antibody that spe- in the hippocampal regions (Figure 5D) in MYC-On mice, cifically labels neurons. The immunoreactivity of both cell but not in other unaffected regions such as the cerebel- cycle markers, PCNA and Ki-67, is clearly observed in lum (not shown). In contrast to MYC-On mice, reactive NeuN-positive neurons (Figure 2). These data strongly astrocytosis was not present in the hippocampus of MYC- indicate a reactivation of the cell cycle in neurons in Off mice (Figure 5E).
To determine whether the expression of MYC in corti- To extend these data, DNA replication was assessed cal/hippocampal neurons resulted in cognitive deficits, by analysis of BrdU incorporation. BrdU, which is incor- we tested the spatial working memory of CaMKII-MYC porated during DNA replication, was injected 1 day be- mice using a modified version of the T-maze. The fore sacrificing the mice. After 5 weeks of MYC expres- MYC-On mice were significantly impaired compared with sion, the number of hippocampal neurons showing MYC-Off mice (P ⬍ 0.002). In support of the specificity of nuclear incorporation of BrdU is dramatically increased in our transgene, there was no difference in behavior be- the MYC-On mice (Figure 3); the BrdU-positive cells were tween single transgenic mice (ie, MYC or CaMKII single- mostly localized in the pyramidal cell layer, especially the transgenic mice) or MYC-Off double-transgenic mice CA1 region, which is confirmed by the co-localization of (Figure 6A). Interestingly, the length of time all animals
Neurodegeneration and MYC AJP March 2009, Vol. 174, No. 3 Figure 5. Neurodegeneration and astrocytosis in the hippocampus in
MYC-On mice. TUNEL-positive nuclei are specifically localized in the hip-
pocampal CA1 region in MYC-On mice (A, B) but not in MYC-Off mice (C).
Figure 4. Selective neuronal cell loss in the CA1 region of the hippocampus
B: High magnification of the framed portion in A. Immunocytochemistry with
in MYC-On mice. A and C: H&E staining and Nissl staining with cresyl violet
an anti-GFAP antibody demonstrates the extensive astrocytosis in the hip- show a significant level of neurodegeneration in the CA1 region in MYC-On pocampus in MYC-On mice (D) compared with MYC-Off mice (E). DG,
mice. The characteristics of cell death, including condensation of chromatin, dentate gyrus. Dotted lines outline the hippocampal subfields. Scale bars: 200 pyknotic appearance, and eosinophilic cytoplasm (arrows) are significant in
m (A, C); 50 m (B, D, E).
the CA1 region in MYC-On mice (A) whereas no such change is observed in
MYC-Off mice (B). Nissl staining clearly demonstrates the selective neuro-
degeneration in the CA1 region in MYC-On mice (arrowheads, C) but not
in MYC-Off mice (D). Scale bars ⫽ 100 m.
pocampal pyramidal neurons. Although BrdU data inisolation should be interpreted with caution because itcan also reflect other processes, in light of the other cell took to enter a desired arm after each consecutive trial cycle markers, it is unlikely that the BrdU data represents was measured and the MYC-On animals showed much anything other than cell cycle activity. As such, this is the shorter latencies than MYC-OFF mice (Figure 6B). These first physiologically relevant model of cell cycle re-entry in data suggest that MYC-On mice did not learn the para- mature neurons and it allowed us to determine the effect digm and/or lack the cognitive flexibility needed to re- of cell cycle re-entry on postmitotic neurons.
member the previously visited arm, incorporate that, and The pathological effect of MYC expression was neuro- consequently switch to the alternate, nonvisited arm. Ad- degeneration. In all of the MYC-On mice, eosinophilic ditionally, these findings may also indicate a lack of in-hibitory processes, although further testing should beperformed to establish this possibility. Of importance, wealso used a Rotarod to measure motor function acrossgroups and found no differences between MYC-On andMYC-Off mice. The data suggests there is no significantdifference in motor function between MYC-On and MYC-Off mice.
The underlying cause of the neuronal damage that oc-curs in AD and other neurodegenerative diseases is notfully understood. However, one likely contributor is thecell cycle re-entry found in the vulnerable neurons inpostmortem brain of AD patients.23–25 Unfortunately, de-termining the consequence of cell cycle re-entry in post-mitotic neurons has been technically challenging and themodels used to date have not been pathophysiologicallyrelevant. To explore this phenomenon and to establishsuch a relevant model system, we developed a trans- Figure 6. Working memory function is decreased in MYC-On mice (n ⫽ 8).
genic mouse model in which cell cycle re-entry could be Mice were placed in the start arm for 60 seconds before the gate was opened.
induced in mature neurons. Using the MYC oncogene, Once the subject entered an arm the door was closed and the animal was which is expressed in neurons in AD,20 we were able to confined for 30 seconds; thereafter it was returned to the start arm for a new
trial. A: MYC-On mice had significantly more trouble remembering the arm
induce cell cycle re-entry as determined by the expres- that they had previously visited and re-entering it (*P ⬍ 0.002). B: The time
sion of classical cell-cycle marker proteins (ie, PCNA, elapse was measured from when the door in the start box was opened untilthe animal entered the chosen arm. MYC-On mice took significantly less time Ki-67, and cyclin D1), as well as DNA replication as to enter the chosen arm indicating lack of cognitive flexibility (*P ⬍ 0.05).
evidenced by BrdU incorporation, specifically in hip- Mean percentage of alternations over six trials.
AJP March 2009, Vol. 174, No. 3 neurons that were shrunken and pyknotic with con- gene in forebrain neurons leads to cell cycle re-entry, densed chromatin were readily observed. In addition, neurodegeneration, gliosis, and cognitive deficits. The there were increased numbers of TUNEL-positive neu- establishment of this model provides a working platform rons as well as marked astrocytosis. Although the expres- to test genetic and pharmacological approaches to block sion of MYC mRNA is found in all forebrain neurons, the cell cycle re-entry.34 morphological correlates were confined to the CA1 re-gion of the hippocampus suggesting either a restrictedexpression of MYC protein in the CA1 region, similar to other CamKII transgenic lines,26 or that CA1 neurons aremore susceptible to neurodegeneration than other fore- We thank Dr. Eric Kandel (Columbia University, New brain neurons as shown in many studies.27 Of impor- York, NY) for providing CamKII-tTA transgenic mice.
tance, the pathological changes found in MYC-On trans-genic animals were correlated with cognitive deficits. In amodified T-maze test, there was clear evidence of a decline in spatial working memory in the MYC-On micecompared with the single transgenic or MYC-Off mice.
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www.rsc.org/csr Chemical Society Reviews Artemisinin and its derivatives: a novel class of anti-malarialand anti-cancer agentsw Devdutt Chaturvedi, Abhishek Goswami, Partha Pratim Saikia, Nabin C. Barua*and Paruchuri G. Rao Received 3rd February 2009First published as an Advance Article on the web 24th August 2009DOI: 10.1039/b816679j In this tutorial review, an eﬀort towards presentation of a comprehensive account of the recentdevelopments on various kinds of artemisinin derivatives including artemisinin dimers, trimersand tetramers has been made and their eﬃcacy towards malaria parasites and diﬀerent cancercells lines was compared with that of artemisinins, and various other anti-malarial and anti-cancerdrugs. It is expected that this review will provide ﬁrst-hand information on artemisinin chemistryto organic/medicinal chemists, and pharmacologists working on anticancer and anti-malarial drugdevelopment.