Swanandi Pote

Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Maksymilian Chruszcz


Antimicrobial resistance has become an alarming public health concern since early 2000’s. Infections caused by multidrug resistant bacteria not only increase the mortality rate but also increase the economic burden globally. One approach to alleviate this issue is to find novel drug targets. In this regard, the bacterial lysine biosynthesis pathway provides several targets that may be used for design of antimicrobial compounds. Bacteria use lysine or meso-diaminopimelate to crosslink the peptidoglycan monomers in the bacterial cell wall. As such, we hypothesize that blocking this pathway will induce defects in the bacterial cell wall that are similar to those caused by β-lactam antibiotics. This study is directed towards identifying the potential of 4-hydroxy-tetrahydrodipicolinate reductase (DapB), an enzyme from lysine biosynthesis pathway as a drug target. DapB is a tetrameric enzyme that catalyzes NAD(P)H dependent reduction of (2S, 4S)-4-hydroxy-2,3,4,5- tetrahydrodipicolinate to generate 2,3,4,5-tetrahydrodipicolinate. This research uses biophysical and biochemical techniques to study the structures of these enzymes and identify potential. Interactions of DapB with cofactors and potential inhibitors are described. inhibitory compounds Major emphasis is placed on studies of DapB from Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Additionally, DapB enzymes from Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Vibrio vulnificus are also discussed.

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