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Current Pharmaceutical Design


ISSN (Print): 1381-6128
ISSN (Online): 1873-4286

New Tuberculostatic Agents Targeting Nucleic Acid Biosynthesis: Drug Design using QSAR Approaches

Author(s): Renata V. Bueno, Rodolpho C. Braga, Natanael D. Segretti, Elizabeth I. Ferreira, Gustavo H. G. Trossini and Carolina H. Andrade

Volume 20 , Issue 27 , 2014

Page: [4474 - 4485] Pages: 12

DOI: 10.2174/1381612819666131118170238

Price: $65


Worldwide, tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death among curable infectious diseases. The emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) and extensively drug resistant (XDR) TB is a growing global health concern and there is an urgent need for new anti-TB drugs. Enzymes involved in DNA and ATP biosynthesis are potential targets for tuberculostatic drug design, since these enzymes are essential for Mycobacterium tuberculosis growth. This review presents the current progress and applications of structure-activity relationship analysis for the discovery of innovative tuberculostatic agents as inhibitors of ribonucleotide reductase, DNA gyrase, ATP synthase, and thymidylate kinase enzymes, highlighting present challenges and new opportunities in TB drug design.

Keywords: Tuberculosis, new targets, DNA synthesis, drug design, QSAR.

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