Mycobacterium tuberculosis protein-tyrosine-phosphatase B (MptpB) is a secreted virulence factor that subverts antimicrobial activity in the host. We report here the structure-based design of selective MptpB inhibitors that reduce survival of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis strains in macrophages and enhance killing efficacy by first-line antibiotics. Monotherapy with an orally bioavailable MptpB inhibitor reduces infection burden in acute and chronic guinea pig models and improves the overall pathology. Our findings provide a new paradigm for tuberculosis treatment.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Drug Discovery
- Molecular Medicine