Summary of the probe development efforts to identify inhibitors of Trypanosoma brucei methionyl tRNA synthetase (MetRS)
Name: Summary of the probe development efforts to identify inhibitors of Trypanosoma brucei methionyl tRNA synthetase (MetRS). ..more
Source (MLPCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center (SRIMSC)
Affiliation: University of Washington
Assay Provider: Wilhelmus Hol, University of Washington
Network: Molecular Library Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: 1 R01 AI084004-01A1
Grant Proposal PI: Wilhelmus Hol, University of Washington
External Assay ID: METRS_INH_SUMMARY
Name: Summary of the probe development efforts to identify inhibitors of Trypanosoma brucei methionyl tRNA synthetase (MetRS).
Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT; also called sleeping sickness) is a neglected tropical disease that is caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma brucei, which employs the tsetse fly as its insect vector. Related tropical diseases include Chagas disease (caused by Trypanosoma cruzi) and leishmaniasis (caused by Leishmania species). Each of these diseases has a major impact on human health around the world and they lack adequate chemotherapeutic treatment options (1), as current therapies suffer from poor efficacy, oral bioavailability (2), toxicity, and difficult treatment regimens (3). As a result there is a great need to develop novel, more selective, and effective treatments (4). The aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRS) play essential roles in protein synthesis and cell survival and thus are attractive targets for the design of novel chemotherapeutic agents for these diseases (3). aaRS enzymes are essential to translating nucleotide-encoded gene sequences into proteins. Thus, inhibitors that interfere with these enzymes will inhibit formation of properly charged tRNA, leading to accumulation of uncharged tRNA on the ribosome, and disruption of normal protein chain elongation during translation, which are detrimental to cell viability. In particular, genomic studies have revealed sequence differences between the T. brucei trypanosome and mammalian methionyl-tRNA synthetases (MetRSs: which are members of the aaRS family), suggesting that selective inhibition of this enzyme and protozoan death can be achieved using drug-like molecules (2). Using RNA interference, T. brucei MetRS has been shown to be essential for parasite survival (3). In addition, since the MetRS enzymes from Trypanosomatid organisms are highly homologous (particularly in the methionine-ATP binding pocket) it is possible that compounds active against T. brucei MetRS will exhibit activity against the MetRS enzymes from T. cruzi and Leishmania.
Summary of Probe Development Effort:
This probe development effort is focused on the identification of inhibitors of Trypanosoma brucei methionyl tRNA synthetase (MetRS). All AIDs that contain results associated with this project can be found in the "Related Bioassays" section of this Summary AID.
1. Gonzalez, M. and H. Cerecetto, Novel compounds to combat trypanosomatid infections: a medicinal chemical perspective. Expert Opin Ther Pat, 2011. 21(5): p. 699-715
2. Finn, J., M. Stidham, M. Hilgers, and C.K. G, Identification of novel inhibitors of methionyl-tRNA synthetase (MetRS) by virtual screening. Bioorg Med Chem Lett, 2008. 18(14): p. 3932-7.
3. Shibata, S., J.R. Gillespie, A.M. Kelley, A.J. Napuli, Z. Zhang, K.V. Kovzun, R.M. Pefley, J. Lam, F.H. Zucker, W.C. Van Voorhis, E.A. Merritt, W.G. Hol, C.L. Verlinde, E. Fan, and F.S. Buckner, Selective inhibitors of methionyl-tRNA synthetase have potent activity against Trypanosoma brucei Infection in Mice. Antimicrob Agents Chemother, 2011. 55(5): p. 1982-9.
4. Ding, D., Q. Meng, G. Gao, Y. Zhao, Q. Wang, B. Nare, R. Jacobs, F. Rock, M.R. Alley, J.J. Plattner, G. Chen, D. Li, and H. Zhou, Design, synthesis, and structure-activity relationship of Trypanosoma brucei leucyl-tRNA synthetase inhibitors as antitrypanosomal agents. J Med Chem, 2011. 54(5): p. 1276-87.
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