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2-Aminotetralones: Novel inhibitors of MurA and MurZ

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Colin J. Dunsmore, Keith Miller, Katy L. Blake, Simon G. Patching, Peter J.F. Henderson, James A. Garnett, William J. Stubbings, Simon E.V. Phillips, Deborah J. Palestrant, Joseph De Los Angeles, Jennifer A. Leeds, Ian Chopra, Colin W.G. Fishwick

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1730-1734
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008

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Several 2-aminotetralones were identified as novel inhibitors of the bacterial enzymes MurA and MurZ. A number of these inhibitors demonstrated antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli with MICs in the range 8-128 μg/ml. Based on structure-activity relationships we propose that the α-aminoketone functionality is responsible for the inhibitory activity and evidence is provided to support a covalent mode of action involving the C115 thiol group of MurA/MurZ.

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