Leishmania major: molecular modeling of cysteine proteases and prediction of new nonpeptide inhibitors.


The crystal structures of papain, cruzain, and human liver cathepsin B were used to build homology-based enzyme models of a cathepsin L-like cysteine protease (cpL) and a cathepsin B-like cysteine protease (cpB) from the protozoan parasite Leishmania major. Although structurally a member of the cathepsin B subfamily, the L. major cpB is not able to cleave… (More)

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