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Title: A chemical genetics approach to identify targets essential for the viability of mycobacteria
Keywords: Chemical Genetics, Mycobacteria, Drug Targets, Tuberculosis
Issue Date: 10-Apr-2007
Citation: LU HSUEH-JENG, STEPHEN (2007-04-10). A chemical genetics approach to identify targets essential for the viability of mycobacteria. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The key goals for the development of new tuberculosis drugs are to shorten the treatment time and to have efficacy against latent and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Moreover, the best drug targets should be essential in both active and dormant phases of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. To achieve this, we chose to use a forward chemical genetics approach, which involves screening a library of compounds on M. bovis BCG selecting only compounds that result in death or growth inhibition. We isolated M. bovis BCG mutants resistant to two structurally-related compounds. The magnesium and cobalt transport transmembrane protein, CorA, was identified as a putative target based on the mapping of mutations to the corA gene in the mutant strains. However, due to the non-essentiality of the corA gene and the bactericidal effect of the compounds, we suggest that CorA is not the actual target and that it mediates an indirect mechanism of resistance.
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