Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Pharmaceutical Sciences



Research Advisor

Michio Kurosu, Ph.D.


Scott G. Franzblau, Ph.D. Richard E. Lee, Ph.D. Bernd Meibohm, Ph.D. Duane D. Miller, Ph.D.


New antimycobacterial molecules that kill non-replicating Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) were identified by screening libraries of synthetic natural products. De novo screening of a 400-membered library of aurachin RE analogs resulted in discovery of UT-317 ((R)-20). UT-317 is a selective vitamin K2 biosynthesis (MenA) inhibitor that killed replicating and non-replicating Mtb at 2.31 μg/mL (MIC) and 0.85 μg/mL, respectively. A 50-membered library of capuramycin analogs was evaluated in their enzymatic inhibitory activities against translocase I (MraY/MurX) and prenyl-phosphate-GlcNAc-1-phosphate transferase (WecA). UT-01320 (45) is identified as a selective WecA inhibitor that kills both replicating and non-replicating Mtb at 1.50 μg/mL (MIC) and 2.58 μg/mL, respectively. UT-01320 killed the intracellular Mtb much faster than the first-line TB drugs such as isoniazid and rifampicin. A strong antimycobacterial agent, UT-800 (64) was identified by screening of a 50-membered library of pleuromutilin derivatives. UT-800 is a protein biosynthesis (50s ribosome) inhibitor which has activity focused against Mtb. UT-800 killed replicating and non-replicating Mtb at 0.83 μg/mL (MIC) and 1.20 μg/mL, respectively. In the course of these works, fluorescent probes, Park’s nucleotide-Nε-C6-FITC (32, for MraY/MurX) and UDP-glucosamine-C6-FITC (46, for WecA) were developed. These fluorescent probes enable us to screen the polyprenyl-phosphate N-acetylhexosamine 1-phosphate transferase enzyme superfamily (e.g. MraY/MurX, WecA, AlgH, and DPAGT1) in high-throughput manner.




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