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Resuscitation-promoting Factors (Rpf): In Search of Inhibitors

[ Vol. 19 , Issue. 10 ]


Arseny S. Kaprelyants, Galina V. Mukamolova, Alessia Ruggiero, Vadim A. Makarov, Galina R. Demina, Margarita O. Shleeva, Vasilii D. Potapov and Pavel A. Shramko   Pages 1026 - 1034 ( 9 )


Resuscitation promoting factors (Rpf) are a family of proteins secreted by actively growing actinobacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Experimental evidence suggests that Rpfs play a distinct role in bacterial resuscitation and re-growth as well as reactivation of chronic tuberculosis in mice. The striking similarity of the Rpfs structure to cell wall hydrolysing enzymes has provided a basis for the development of novel low molecular weight inhibitors of Rpfs activity. In particular, recently characterised nitrophenylthiocyanate compounds could be considered as a promising scaffold for generation of therapeutic agents targeting reactivation of latent tuberculosis. This review describes recent progress in understanding of molecular mechanisms of Rpf biological activity.


Inhibitors, latency, nitrophenylthiocyanates, resuscitation, Rpf, tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, cell wall hydrolysing enzymes, therapeutic agents, molecular mechanisms


A. N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry, RAS, Leninsky pr., 33, 119071, Moscow, Russia.

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