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Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1389-5575
ISSN (Online): 1875-5607

Histidine Kinases as Antimicrobial Targets: Prospects and Pitfalls

Author(s): S. L. Rowland and G. F. King

Volume 7, Issue 11, 2007

Page: [1144 - 1154] Pages: 11

DOI: 10.2174/138955707782331759

Price: $65


Histidine kinases are ubiquitous molecular sensors that are used by bacteria to detect and respond to a myriad of environmental signals. They are attractive antimicrobial targets because of their roles in mediating the virulence of pathogenic organisms, as well as the ability of bacteria to resist host defenses and develop resistance to antibiotics. In this review, we discuss the challenges involved in developing specific inhibitors of this highly diverse group of kinases.

Keywords: Histidine kinase, sensor kinase, two-component system, infectious disease, antimicrobial, antibiotic resistance

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