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Conformational dynamics plays an important role in enzyme catalysis, allosteric regulation of protein functions and assembly of macromolecular complexes. Despite these well-established roles, such information has yet to be exploited for drug design. Here we show by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy that inhibitors of LpxC--an essential enzyme of the(More)
OBJECTIVES Inhibitors of uridine diphosphate-3-O-(R-3-hydroxymyristoyl)-N-acetylglucosamine deacetylase (LpxC, which catalyses the first, irreversible step in lipid A biosynthesis) are a promising new class of antibiotics against Gram-negative bacteria. The objectives of the present study were to: (i) compare the antibiotic activities of three LpxC(More)
In most Gram-negative pathogens, the hydrolysis of UDP-2,3-diacylglucosamine to generate lipid X in lipid A biosynthesis is catalysed by the membrane-associated enzyme LpxH. We report the crystal structure of LpxH in complex with its product, lipid X, unveiling a unique insertion lid above the conserved architecture of calcineurin-like phosphoesterases.(More)
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