Special Issue "Targeting β-lactamases to Fight Bacterial Resistance to β-lactam Antibiotics"
A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2020).
Interests: X-ray crystallography; structural biology; β-lactamases; antibiotic resistance; bacterial thymidylate synthase; human thymidylate synthase; pteridine reductase; heat shock protein 90 N-terminal domain; bioinorganic chemistry; ferritin; glutaminyl cyclase
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In bacteria, a major resistance mechanism to β-lactam antibiotics is represented by the production of one or more β-lactamase enzymes. β-Lactamases belong to two structurally and mechanistically unrelated families of enzymes, the serine-β-lactamases (SBLs; classes A, C, and D) and the metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs; class B). Recently, there has been renewed interest in discovering novel inhibitors to counter the threat from newer β-lactamases, such as the extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) and carbapenemases, which are not inhibited by the classical SBL inhibitors clavulanic acid and tazobactam. Two new SBL inhibitors, the diazabicyclooctane (DBO) avibactam and the boronate vaborbactam, which are used in combination with ceftazidime and meropenem, respectively, have been recently developed. However, as of yet, there are no MBL inhibitors in clinical use despite there being a clear unmet medical need.
This Special Issue features multidisciplinary research focused on β-lactamase enzymes to provide new insight into these key targets to fight bacteria resistance to β-lactam antibiotics. The main topics covered by this Special Issue are the identification and characterization of serine- and metallo-β-lactamase enzymes, mechanistic and structural studies, and the identification and development of SBL and MBL inhibitors.
Dr. Cecilia Pozzi
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- β-lactam antibiotics
- β-lactamase inhibitors
- extended spectrum β-lactamases