Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets

(Formerly Current Drug Targets - Infectious Disorders)

Jean-Marc Sabatier  
Laboratoire ERT 62 'Ingénierie des peptides à visée thérapeutique' 
Université de la Méditerranée
Faculté de Médecine Nord
Boulevard Pierre Dramard
13916 - MARSEILLE, Cedex 20


Targeting the Formation of the Cell Wall Core of M. tuberculosis

Author(s): Clifton E. Barry, Dean C. Crick, Michael R. McNeil.


Mycobacteria have a unique cell wall, which is rich in drug targets. The cell wall core consists of a peptidoglycan layer, a mycolic acid layer, and an arabinogalactan polysaccharide connecting them. The detailed structure of the cell wall core is largely, although not completely, understood and will be presented. The biosynthetic pathways of all three components reveal significant drug targets that are the basis of present drugs and/or have potential for new drugs. These pathways will be reviewed and include enzymes involved in polyisoprene biosynthesis, soluble arabinogalactan precursor production, arabinogalactan polymerization, fatty acid synthesis, mycolate maturation, and soluble peptidoglycan precursor formation. Information relevant to targeting all these enzymes will be presented in tabular form. Selected enzymes will then be discussed in more detail. It is thus hoped this chapter will aid in the selection of targets for new drugs to combat tuberculosis.

Keywords: Tuberculosis, drug discovery, cell wall, arabinogalactan, mycolic acids, peptidoglycan, drug target

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Article Details

Year: 2007
Page: [182 - 202]
Pages: 21
DOI: 10.2174/187152607781001808
Price: $58