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Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2002 Oct;6(5):619-29.

Glycosidase mechanisms.

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Laboratorium für Organische Chemie, ETH Hönggerberg, HCI H317, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland.


The three-dimensional structure of glycosidases and of their complexes and the study of transition-state mimics reveal structural details that correlate with mechanism. Of particular interest are the transition-state conformations harnessed by individual enzymes and the substrate distortion observed in enzyme-ligand complexes. 3D-structure in synergy with transition-state mimicry opens the way for mechanistic interpretation of enzyme inhibition and for the development of therapeutic agents.

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