Synthesis of substrates and inhibitors of botulinum neurotoxin type A metalloprotease.

Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) metalloproteases and related proteases are the most selective proteases known. X-ray crystal structures suggest that the active sites of the native enzymes exist in catalytically incompetent forms that must be activated by substrate binding. In order to characterize the postulated substrate-induced conformational changes for… CONTINUE READING