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MurF is an essential bacterial enzyme that is involved in the last intracellular stage of peptidoglycan biosynthesis, and therefore it has the potential to be exploited as a target for the development of new antibacterials. Here, we report on the expression, purification and biochemical characterization of MurF from an important pathogen, Streptococcus pneumoniae. Additionally, ligand-based virtual screening was successfully used and a new hit compound with micromolar inhibitory activities against MurF enzymes from S. pneumoniae and Escherichia coli was identified.


Samo Turk, Martina Hrast, Izidor Sosic, Hélène Barreteau, Dominique Mengin-Lecreulx, Didier Blanot, Stanislav Gobec. Biochemical characterization of MurF from Streptococcus pneumoniae and the identification of a new MurF inhibitor through ligand-based virtual screening. Acta chimica Slovenica. 2013;60(2):294-9

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