Student author: Leah M. Wachsmuth
Student author: Meredith G. Johnson
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Parasitic diseases caused by kinetoplastid parasites of the genera Trypanosoma and Leishmania are an urgent public health crisis in the developing world. These closely related species possess a number of multimeric enzymes in highly conserved pathways involved in vital functions, such as redox homeostasis and nucleotide synthesis. Computational alanine scanning of these protein-protein interfaces has revealed a host of potentially ligandable sites on several established and emerging anti-parasitic drug targets. Analysis of interfaces with multiple clustered hotspots has suggested several potentially inhibitable protein-protein interactions that may have been overlooked by previous large-scale analyses focusing solely on secondary structure. These protein-protein interactions provide a promising lead for the development of new peptide and macrocycle inhibitors of these enzymes.
Wachsmuth, Leah M., Meredith G. Johnson, and Jason Gavenonis. "Essential Multimeric Enzymes in Kinetoplastid Parasites: A Host of Potentially Druggable Protein-Protein Interactions." PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (Article published online June 29, 2017). doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005720