alexa From screen to target: insights and approaches for the development of anti-virulence compounds.


Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

Author(s): Beckham KS, Roe AJ

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Abstract A detailed understanding of host-pathogen interactions provides exciting opportunities to interfere with the infection process. Anti-virulence compounds aim to modulate or pacify pathogenesis by reducing expression of critical virulence determinants. In particular, prevention of attachment by inhibiting adhesion mechanisms has been the subject of intense research. Whilst it has proven relatively straightforward to develop robust screens for potential anti-virulence compounds, understanding their precise mode of action has proven much more challenging. In this review we illustrate this challenge from our own experiences working with the salicylidene acylhydrazide group of compounds. We aim to provide a useful perspective to guide researchers interested in this field and to avoid some of the obvious pitfalls.
This article was published in Front Cell Infect Microbiol and referenced in Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

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