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Biochemical study of recombinant PcrA from Staphylococcus aureus for the development of screening assays.

Dubaele, Sandy and Martin, Christophe and Bohn, Jacqueline and Chene, Patrick (2007) Biochemical study of recombinant PcrA from Staphylococcus aureus for the development of screening assays. Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 40 (1). pp. 7-14. ISSN 1225-8687

Abstract

Helicases are ubiquitous enzymes, which utilize the energy liberated during nucleotide triphosphate hydrolysis to separate double-stranded nucleic acids into single strands. These enzymes are very attractive targets for the development of new antibacterial compounds. The PcrA DNA helicase from Staphylococcus aureus is a good candidate for drug discovery. This enzyme is unique in the genome of S. aureus and essential for this bacterium. Furthermore, it has recently been published that it is possible to identify inhibitors of DNA helicases such as PcrA. In this report, we study the properties of recombinant PcrA from S. aureus purified from Escherichia coli to develop ATPase and helicase assays to screen for inhibitors.

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Keywords: ATPase assay; Helicase assay; PcrA, Screening; Staphylococcus aureus
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Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2009 13:58
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2013 01:14
URI: https://oak.novartis.com/id/eprint/542

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