Efforts towards the inhibitor design for New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1)

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European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry


Antimicrobial stewardship is imperative when treating bacterial infections because the misuse and overuse of antibiotics have caused pathogens to develop life-threatening resistance mechanisms. The New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) is one of many enzymes that enable bacterial resistance. NDM-1 is a more recently discovered beta-lactamase with the ability to inactivate a wide range of beta-lactam antibiotics. Multiple NDM-1 inhibitors have been designed and tested; however, due to the complexity of the NDM-1 active site, there is currently no inhibitor on the market. Consequently, an infection caused by bacteria possessing the gene for the NDM-1 enzyme is a serious and potentially fatal complication. An abundance of research has been invested over the past decade in search of an NDM-1 inhibitor. This review aims to summarize various NDM-1 inhibitor designs that have been developed in recent years.



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