Crystallization of Potential Drug Targets for Kinetoplastid Diseases

Status
On going
Start date
Start stage
Discovery
Disease
Chagas disease
Leishmaniasis
Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT)
Research areas
Drug

Chagas disease, human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), and leishmaniasis are among the infectious diseases that disproportionately exact a heavy toll on people living in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Marcelo Comini, Head of the Redox Biology of Trypanosomes Laboratory at the Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, works on the discovery of novel drugs targeting the pathogens responsible for these diseases. The Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease, which is contracted through the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (contract HHSN272201700059C), will investigate the crystal structure of three proteins identified by Dr. Comini to inform rational design of new treatments for Chagas disease, HAT, and leishmaniasis.