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The development of selective inhibitors of NagZ: increased susceptibility of Gram-negative bacteria to β-lactams

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K.A. Stubbs, J.-P. Bacik, G.E. Perley-Robertson, G.E. Whitworth, T.M. Gloster, D.J. Vocadlo, B.L. Mark

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The increasing incidence of inducible chromosomal AmpC β-lactamases within the clinic is a growing concern because these enzymes deactivate a broad range of even the most recently developed β-lactam antibiotics. As a result, new strategies are needed to block the action of this antibiotic resistance enzyme. Presented here is a strategy to combat the action of inducible AmpC by inhibiting the β-glucosaminidase NagZ, which is an enzyme involved in regulating the induction of AmpC expression. A divergent route facilitating the rapid synthesis of a series of N-acyl analogues of 2-acetamido-2-deoxynojirimycin is reported here. Among these compounds are potent NagZ inhibitors that are selective against functionally related human enzymes. These compounds reduce minimum inhibitory concentration values for β-lactams against a clinically relevant Gram-negative bacterium bearing inducible chromosomal AmpC β-lactamase, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The structure of a NagZ-inhibitor complex provides insight into the molecular basis for inhibition by these compounds.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1973-1981
Issue number15
Early online date5 Sep 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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  • Carbohydrates, Inhibitors, Enzymes, Selectivity, Synthesis

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