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Br J Pharmacol. 2009 May;157(1):4-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.2009.00219.x.

Structural features of mammalian histidine decarboxylase reveal the basis for specific inhibition.

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Departamento de Biología Molecular y Bioquímica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, Campus de Teatinos, Málaga, Spain.

Abstract

For a long time the structural and molecular features of mammalian histidine decarboxylase (EC 4.1.1.22), the enzyme that produces histamine, have evaded characterization. We overcome the experimental problems for the study of this enzyme by using a computer-based modelling and simulation approach, and have now the conditions to use histidine decarboxylase as a target in histamine pharmacology. In this review, we present the recent (last 5 years) advances in the structure-function relationship of histidine decarboxylase and the strategy for the discovery of new drugs.

PMID:
19413567
PMCID:
PMC2697795
DOI:
10.1111/j.1476-5381.2009.00219.x
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