Summary of probe development efforts to identify inhibitors of the Hepatitis C Virus non-structural protein 3 helicase (NS3).
Name: Summary of probe development efforts to identify inhibitors of the Hepatitis C Virus non-structural protein 3 helicase (NS3). ..more
Source (MLPCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center (SRIMSC)
Center Affiliation: The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)
Assay Provider: David Frick, New York Medical College
Network: Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: 1 R03 MH085690-01
Grant Proposal PI: David Frick, New York Medical College
External Assay ID: NS3HELICASE_INH_ LEADS_SUMMARY
Name: Summary of probe development efforts to identify inhibitors of the Hepatitis C Virus non-structural protein 3 helicase (NS3).
The flavivirus Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of liver failure and hepatocellular cancer, with about 170 million people infected worldwide (1). The HCV has a small RNA genome that is directly translated by the infected host cell into a single precursor polyprotein that is processed by enzymatic cleavage into 10 proteins of diverse function. The non-structural proteins include p7, NS2, NS3, NS4A, NS4B, NS5A, and NS5B, and are responsible for the replication and packaging of the HCV genome into capsids formed by the structural proteins (core, E1, E2)(2). Replication of HCV in human cells requires the action of the HCV non-structural protein 3 (NS3). This enzyme exhibits dual NTPase/helicase activities and functions to unwind DNA/DNA, RNA/RNA, and RNA/DNA duplexes by disrupting hydrogen bonds that hold the two strands together (3). The HCV NS3 helicase mediates the #active# form of duplex unwinding, and thus is dependent upon NTP and at least two nucleic acid binding sites on the NS3 surface (3). HCV NS3 is able to target homotypic and heterotypic duplexes because the interaction between the enzyme and the DNA or RNA substrate is mediated by phosphate groups and not by the nucleotide base or sugar moieties (4). The current absence of a vaccine to prevent HCV infection (5), along with knockout studies showing that the helicase and/or NTPase activities are essential for viral replication (6), and the lack of HCV genotype-specific differences in helicase residues and activities (7), support a role for NS3 as an important pathogenic component of HCV. The identification of specific inhibitors of HCV NS3 helicase will add insights into the biology of HCV infection and replication, and serve as valuable tools for inhibiting HCV replication in human cells.
Summary of Probe Development Effort:
Following primary HTS in singlicate to identify HCV NS3 helicase inhibitors (AID1800), compounds were identified as possible candidates for probe development. A probe development effort is currently underway at the SRIMSC.
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