Aziridine-2,3-dicarboxylate-based cysteine cathepsin inhibitors induce cell death in Leishmania major associated with accumulation of debris in autophagy-related lysosome-like vacuoles.

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The papain-like cysteine cathepsins expressed by Leishmania play a key role in the life cycle of these parasites, turning them into attractive targets for the development of new drugs. We previously demonstrated that two compounds of a series of peptidomimetic aziridine-2,3-dicarboxylate [Azi(OBn)(2)]-based inhibitors, Boc-(S)-Leu-(R)-Pro-(S,S)-Azi(OBn)(2… (More)
DOI: 10.1128/AAC.00327-10

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