Summary of probe development efforts to identify inhibitors of the SARS coronavirus 3C-like Protease (3CLPro)
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Depositor Specified Assays
Source (MLPCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center (SRIMSC)
Center Affiliation: The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)
Assay Provider: Valerie Tokars and Andrew Mesecar, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Network: Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: 1-R03-MH084162-01A1
Grant Proposal PI: Valerie Tokars and Andrew Mesecar, UIC
External Assay ID: 3CLPRO_INH_LEADS_SUMMARY
Name: Summary of probe development efforts to identify inhibitors of the SARS coronavirus 3C-like Protease (3CLPro)
Coronaviruses are enveloped, large plus-strand RNA viruses that cause the common cold and other disorders such as lower respiratory tract infections and diarrhea (1). In 2003, the novel SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) was identified (2, 3) as the etiological agent of the global epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), an atypical pneumonia that led to progressive respiratory failure in 8000 individuals and 800 deaths by July of that year (4). The SARS-CoV genome encodes a polypeptide that is proteolytically processed by two main proteases, one of which is the 3C-like protease (3CLpro). This chemotrypsin-like cysteine protease is essential for proteolytic processing of the coronavirus polyprotein and thus viral gene expression (5). The protein exists as a dimer/monomer mixture in solution and the dimer was confirmed to be the active species for the enzyme reaction (6). The current absence of a vaccine to prevent SARS infection, the possibility of future SARS epidemics, the recent cloning and expression of recombinant SARS 3CLpro (7), along with studies showing that 3CLpro is essential for viral life cycle, support a role for 3CL-pro as an important pathogenic component of SARS-CoV. The identification of specific inhibitors of 3CLpro will add insights into the biology of SARS-CoV infection of avian and mammalian cells, and serve as valuable tools for inhibiting SARS-CoV replication.
Summary of Probe Development Effort:
Following primary HTS in singlicate to identify 3CLPro inhibitors (AID1706), compounds were identified as possible candidates for probe development. A probe development effort is currently underway at the SRIMSC.
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