Screening and Identification of Inhibitors of Trypanosoma brucei Cathepsin L with Antitrypanosomal Activity

27 Aug 2015

Tierra Jefferson, Danielle McShan, Jasmine Warfield andIfedayo Victor Ogungbe

Chemical Biology & Drug Design

DOI: 10.1111/cbdd.12628


Current treatment options for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) are ineffective, and they have several well-known clinical limitations. In our continued efforts to identify chemotypes that can be developed into clinically useful drugs, we screened a targeted compound library against the major cathepsin L (rhodesain) in T. brucei. We report the antirhodesain activity and antitrypanosomal activity of the compounds in this letter. The identified compounds can serve as starting points for structure- and/or phenotype-based lead optimization strategy against Trypanosoma brucei.

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