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Acta Crystallographica. Section F - Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications


Department of Chemistry


Cryptosporidium hominis is a protozoan parasite that causes acute gastro- intestinal illness. There are no effective therapies for cryptosporidiosis, highlighting the need for new drug-lead discovery. An analysis of the protein ligand interactions in two crystal structures of dihydrofolate reductase- thymidylate synthase 􏰀DHFR-TS) from C. hominis, determined at 2.8 and 2.87 AÊ resolution, reveals that the interactions of residues Ile29, Thr58 and Cys113 in the active site of C. hominis DHFR provide a possible structural basis for the observed antifolate resistance. A comparison with the structure of human DHFR reveals active-site differences that may be exploited for the design of species-selective inhibitors.



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Anderson AC. Two crystal structures of dihydrofolate reductase-thymidylate synthase from Cryptosporidium hominis reveal protein-ligand interactions including a structural basis for observed antifolate resistance. Acta Crystallogr Sect F Struct Biol Cryst Commun. 2005 Mar 1;61(Pt 3):258-62. doi: 10.1107/S1744309105002435. Epub 2005 Feb 8. PMID: 16511011; PMCID: PMC1952288.