MIRANDA Maria Victoria
Screening assay for inhibitors of a recombinant Streptococcus pneumoniae UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase
ZAVALA, AGUSTÍN; KOVACEC, VERÓNICA; LEVÍN, GUSTAVO; MOGLIONI, ALBERTINA; MIRANDA, MARÍA VICTORIA; GARCÍA, ERNESTO; BONOFIGLIO, LAURA; MOLLERACH, MARTA
JOURNAL OF ENZYME INHIBITION AND MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY
Taylor and Francis
Año: 2017 vol. 32 p. 203 - 203
The UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase of Streptococcus pneumoniae (GalUSpn) is absolutely required for the biosynthesis of capsular polysaccharide, the sine qua non virulence factor of pneumococcus. Since the eukaryotic enzymes are completely unrelated to their prokaryotic counterparts, we propose that the GalU enzyme is a critical target to fight the pneumococcal disease. A recombinant GalUSpn was overexpressed and purified. An enzymatic assay that is rapid, sensitive and easy to perform was developed. This assay was appropriate for screening chemical libraries for searching GalU inhibitors. This work represents a fundamental step in the exploration of novel antipneumococcal drugs.