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Resuscitation-promoting Factors (Rpf): In Search of Inhibitors

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Resuscitation promoting factors (Rpf) are a family of proteins secreted by actively growing actinobacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Experimental evidence suggests that Rpfs play a distinct role in bacterial resuscitation and re-growth as well as reactivation of chronic tuberculosis in mice. The striking similarity of the Rpfs structure to cell wall hydrolysing enzymes has provided a basis for the development of novel low molecular weight inhibitors of Rpfs activity. In particular, recently characterised nitrophenylthiocyanate compounds could be considered as a promising scaffold for generation of therapeutic agents targeting reactivation of latent tuberculosis. This review describes recent progress in understanding of molecular mechanisms of Rpf biological activity.
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Keywords: Inhibitors; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Rpf; cell wall hydrolysing enzymes; latency; molecular mechanisms; nitrophenylthiocyanates; resuscitation; therapeutic agents; tuberculosis

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-10-01

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