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Taking aim at wall teichoic acid synthesis: new biology and new leads for antibiotics.
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PMID:  24169797     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Wall teichoic acids are a major and integral component of the Gram-positive cell wall. These structures are present across all species of Gram-positive bacteria and constitute roughly half of the cell wall. Despite decades of careful investigation, a definitive physiological function for wall teichoic acids remains elusive. Advances in the genetics and biochemistry of wall teichoic acid synthesis have led to a new understanding of the complexity of cell wall synthesis in Gram-positive bacteria. Indeed, these innovations have provided new molecular tools available to probe the synthesis and function of these cell wall structures. Among recent discoveries are unexpected roles for wall teichoic acid in cell division, coordination of peptidoglycan synthesis and β-lactam resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Notably, wall teichoic acid biogenesis has emerged as a bona fide drug target in S. aureus, where remarkable synthetic-viable interactions among biosynthetic genes have been leveraged for the discovery and characterization of novel inhibitors of the pathway.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 30 October 2013; doi:10.1038/ja.2013.100.
Authors:
Edward Wc Sewell; Eric D Brown
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-10-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of antibiotics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0021-8820     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Antibiot.     Publication Date:  2013 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-10-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0151115     Medline TA:  J Antibiot (Tokyo)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Michael G DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
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