Antibiotics Targeting the 30S Ribosomal Subunit: A Lesson from Nature to Find and Develop New Drugs

Author(s): Anna Maria Giuliodori*, Roberto Spurio, Pohl Milón, Attilio Fabbretti

Journal Name: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 18 , Issue 24 , 2018

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The use of antibiotics has revolutionized medicine, greatly improving our capacity to save millions of lives from otherwise deadly bacterial infections. Unfortunately, the health-associated benefits provided by antibiotics have been counteracted by bacteria developing or acquiring resistance mechanisms. The negative impact to public health is now considered of high risk due to the rapid spreading of multi-resistant strains. More than 60 % of clinically relevant antibiotics of natural origin target the ribosome, the supramolecular enzyme which translates the genetic information into proteins. Although many of these antibiotics bind the small ribosomal subunit, only a few are reported to inhibit the initiation of protein synthesis, with none reaching commercial availability. Counterintuitively, translation initiation is the most divergent phase of protein synthesis between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, a fact which is a solid premise for the successful identification of drugs with reduced probability of undesired effects to the host. Such a paradox is one of its kind and deserves special attention. In this review, we explore the inhibitors that bind the 30S ribosomal subunit focusing on both the compounds with proved effects on the translation initiation step and the underreported translation initiation inhibitors. In addition, we explore recent screening tests and approaches to discover new drugs targeting translation.

Keywords: Antibiotics, Ribosome, 30S ribosomal subunit, Protein synthesis, Translation initiation, Screening tests, Drug discovery.

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Year: 2018
Published on: 16 January, 2019
Page: [2080 - 2096]
Pages: 17
DOI: 10.2174/1568026618666181025092546
Price: $65

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