3 years ago

Ligand design for riboswitches, an emerging target class for novel antibiotics.

Brenk, Rekand
Riboswitches are cis-acting gene regulatory elements and constitute potential targets for new antibiotics. Recent studies in this field have started to explore these targets for drug discovery. New ligands found by fragment screening, design of analogs of the natural ligands or serendipitously by phenotypic screening have shown antibacterial effects in cell assays against a range of bacteria strains and in animal models. In this review, we highlight the most advanced drug design work of riboswitch ligands and discuss the challenges in the field with respect to the development of antibiotics with a new mechanism of action.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.4155/fmc-2017-0063

DOI: 10.4155/fmc-2017-0063

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