Despite recent progress in biomedical research, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), is still the world’s leading infectious disease killer worldwide. In addition, multi-drug TB is the largest single contributor to anti-microbial resistance and poses a serious threat to global health. Treatment options are limited, and expensive, recommended medicines are not always available in many countries, and patients experience many adverse effects from the drugs. Moreover, due to the long treatment duration, compliance is low leading to more AMR in TB. Thus, there is an acute need for the development of a novel combination regimen with an indication for effective, shorter, and safer treatment of all forms of TB. The overall objective of RESPIRI-TB is to find new drug candidates as potential components of a new, more efficient combination drug regimen against TB that is less prone to resistance and allows shortening of treatment duration for TB, and multidrug-resistant TB. Such a drug combination will synergistically target the energy metabolism of Mtb or complementary targets. To achieve this, we will advance recently discovered inhibitors of the Mtb respiratory pathway. In addition, we will target the Mtb specific molecular mechanism that reduces reactive oxygen species in the cell. Finally, we will also target host-factors that are essential for the intracellular survival of Mtb. Together, we present a comprehensive plan to find novel strategies to combat TB, shorten treatment time and reduce chances of drug resistance.
Field of science
- /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/pharmacology and pharmacy/drug resistance
- /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/pneumology/tuberculosis
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Funding SchemeIMI2-RIA - Research and Innovation action
1083 HN Amsterdam