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Infectious disease

Bacterial infection

Undecaprenyl diphosphate synthase (uppS)

In vitro and mouse studies identified inhibitors of uppS that could help treat bacterial infection. Crystallographic and in vitro studies identified a lead compound that inhibited uppS at 100 nM and inhibited Staphylococcus aureus growth at concentrations below 1 mg/mL. In mice infected with S. aureus, a 10 mg/kg injection of the lead compound increased survival compared with vehicle injection. Next steps include synthesizing analogs and solving additional crystal structures of the compounds.

SciBX 6(2); doi:10.1038/scibx.2013.35
Published online Jan. 17, 2013

Patent applications filed; available for licensing

Zhu, W. et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA; published online Dec. 17, 2012;
Contact: Eric Oldfield, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.
Contact: Yonghui Zhang, same affiliation as above
Contact: J. Andrew McCammon, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.