Pamela Thayalan

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Peptide deformylase (PDF) catalyzes the hydrolytic removal of the N-terminal formyl group from nascent proteins. This is an essential step in bacterial protein synthesis, making PDF an attractive target for antibacterial drug development. Essentiality of the def gene, encoding PDF from Mycobacterium tuberculosis, was demonstrated through genetic knockout(More)
Bacterial peptide deformylase (PDF) belongs to a subfamily of metalloproteases catalyzing the removal of the N-terminal formyl group from newly synthesized proteins. We report the synthesis and biological activity of highly potent inhibitors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) PDF enzyme as well as the first X-ray crystal structure of Mtb PDF.(More)
Growing evidence suggests that the presence of a subpopulation of hypoxic non-replicating, phenotypically drug-tolerant mycobacteria is responsible for the prolonged duration of tuberculosis treatment. The discovery of new antitubercular agents active against this subpopulation may help in developing new strategies to shorten the time of tuberculosis(More)
New chemotherapeutic compounds against multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) are urgently needed to combat drug resistance in tuberculosis (TB). We have identified and characterized the indolcarboxamides as a new class of antitubercular bactericidal agent. Genetic and lipid profiling studies identified the likely molecular target of(More)
Tetrahydropyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine scaffold was identified as a hit series from a Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) whole cell high through-put screening (HTS) campaign. A series of derivatives of this class were synthesized to evaluate their structure-activity relationship (SAR) and structure-property relationship (SPR). Compound 9 had a promising in vivo(More)
Candidate antibacterials are usually identified on the basis of their in vitro activity. However, the apparent inhibitory activity of new leads can be misleading because most culture media do not reproduce an environment relevant to infection in vivo. In this study, while screening for novel anti-tuberculars, we uncovered how carbon metabolism can affect(More)
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