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The Relationship Between Inhibitors of Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Serine Proteases

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The ability to inhibit serine proteases is a major focus in the pharmaceutical industry. Serine proteases of medical importance range in phylogenetic diversity from the metallo-proteases, which play a role in pulmonary hypertension, and destruction of the lung parenchyma in emphysema, to those proteases (betalactamases), which play a role in the resistance of bacteria to beta-lactam antibiotics. In both the mammalian and microbial systems, the development of serine protease inhibitors has been a focal strategy spurring investigations in the area of serine protease dependent prodrugs that incorporate a bactericidal moiety as well as other classes of metalloprotease inhibitors.
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Keywords: human leukocyte elastase; lactamases; serine protease inhibitors; serine proteases

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Department of Chemistry, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016-8014, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2004

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