Virtual Screening, pharmacophore development and structure based similarity search to identify inhibitors against IdeR, a transcription factor of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
ideR, an essential gene of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is an attractive drug target as its conditional knockout displayed attenuated growth phenotype in vitro and in vivo. To the best of our knowledge, no inhibitors of IdeR are identified. We carried out virtual screening of NCI database against the IdeR DNA binding domain followed by inhibition studies using EMSA. Nine compounds exhibited potent inhibition with NSC 281033 (I-20) and NSC 12453 (I-42) exhibiting IC50 values of 2 µg/ml and 1 µg/ml, respectively.