Identification of inhibitors of bacterial RNA polymerase

Xiao Yang, Cong Ma, Peter J. Lewis

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Very few clinically available antibiotics target bacterial RNA polymerase (RNAP) suggesting it is an underutilized target. The advent of detailed structural information of RNAP holoenzyme (HE) has allowed the design and in silico screening of novel transcription inhibitors. Here, we describe our approach for the design and testing of small molecule transcription inhibitors that work by preventing the interaction between the essential transcription initiation factor σ and RNAP. With the appropriate structural information this approach can be easily modified to other essential protein-protein interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Protein-protein interaction
  • RNA polymerase
  • Small molecule inhibitors
  • Transcription initiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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