Navigation Links
Researchers Devise New Compound to Treat Fungal Infections

Researchers have formed a new compound AN2690, that might help to attack hard-to-treat fungal infection in nails by blocking an enzyme crucial for the protein synthesis of fungal pathogens.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers including Dickon Alley and Stephen Cusack at Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc., California, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) outstation in Grenoble, France.

AN2690 interferes with an enzyme called leucyl-tRNA synthetase, which is involved in translation, one of the last steps in the process of turning a gene's DNA code into a protein.

The process begins when the cell makes an RNA version of the gene's code, called messenger RNA. Ribosomes, the cell's protein synthesis machinery, then translate the messenger RNA into protein by stitching together the amino acids in the order specified by the message. This requires the help of molecules called tRNAs, which link the code of the messenger RNA to the correct amino acid.

Leucyl-tRNA synthetase is one of a group of enzymes called aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases that attach the correct amino acid to each tRNA. Some of these enzymes have two main functional parts that link the amino acid to the tRNA, and a separate editing site that proofreads this process and removes wrongly added amino acids.

As part of the study, to find out how exactly AN2690 blocks leucyl-tRNA synthetase, researchers generated crystals of the enzyme bound to tRNA in the presence of AN2690 and examined them with high-intensity X-ray source.

Researchers found that AN2690 stuck in the editing site of the enzyme where it made a very strong bond to the end of the tRNA, trapping it on the enzyme. This stopped the enzyme working and thus blocked protein synthesis, killing the fungal cell.

"We have discovered a new compound that has the potential to treat common chronic nail infections caused by fungi," Alley said.

The mechanism crucially depended on a boron atom that is part of AN2690, which is needed to link the compound to the tRNA.

"We are now working towards finding related antibacterial compounds that could help counter the problem of antibiotic resistance," Cusack said.

The findings of the study were published in the June issue of Science.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Researchers urge caution in using ear tube surgery
2. Researchers Scale to assess the Severity of Epilepsy in Kids
3. Researchers trick Alzheimers Enzyme
4. Researchers find new HIV hiding place
5. New Hair in 15 Days Could Now Be A Possibility Say Researchers
6. Researchers developed world’s smallest toothbrus
7. Researchers discover receptor cells that can cause epilepsy
8. 15 Anti-SARS Drugs Identified By China-Europe Team of Researchers
9. Researchers reversed the process of memory loss
10. Researchers Identify Key Gene That May Help Brain Treatment
11. Researchers Discover Protein That Causes Malaria
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... planning services from offices headquartered in Jefferson County, is announcing the launch of ... in Birmingham. , The number of homeless women and children in Birmingham has ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Payne, AL (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 ... ... offering insurance and financial consulting services to residential and commercial clients in the ... awareness and support for Nobis Works. , Since 1977, Nobis Works has built ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... celebrating the passage of the most comprehensive mental health systems reform legislation in ... support of the President, and the commitment of our elected officials to improving ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... LAKE CITY, UTAH (PRWEB) , ... December 07, ... ... productivity, today announced the release of Smart Device Remote Control through a new ... management across all platforms and strengthens its mobile solutions to help businesses maximize ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... It is vital for any lab to ... analyzed data. The team at Beckman Coulter has designed Kaluza, templates with advanced analytical ... the need to operate in a GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) fashion. , With features ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... , 8 de dezembro de 2016  A Mederi Therapeutics Inc ... Stretta, um tratamento não cirúrgico para a doença do refluxo gastroesofágico (DRGE). ... ... Live Stretta procedure performed and broadcast ... Endoscopy at Wuhan Union Hospital ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016  Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, ... VRX) ("Valeant") today announced positive results from a ... to assess the safety and efficacy of IDP-118 ... of plaque psoriasis. Within the ... moderate to severe psoriasis, IDP-118 showed statistical significance ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... AMSTERDAM , December 8, 2016 Information ... TM metrics in Scopus , the world,s largest ... free access to comprehensive metrics for journals from over 5,000 publishers. ... publish, which journals to subscribe to and when to adjust a ... , , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: