Enzyme discovery paves way to tackling deadly parasite diseases

24 septiembre 2014

An enzyme found in all living things could hold the key to combating deadly diseases such as sleeping sickness, a study suggests. Researchers say this discovery creates an opportunity to design drugs that block activity of the enzyme — known as pyruvate kinase — in species that cause infection. Blocking the enzyme would effectively kill the parasite, without affecting the same enzyme in the patient.