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Trends Biochem Sci. 1993 Sep;18(9):349-53.

Inhibitors of Ras farnesyltransferases.

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Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles 90024.

Abstract

Farnesyltransferase catalyses the post-translational modification of proteins by a cholesterol precursor, farnesylpyrophosphate. One of the substrates of this enzyme is the product of the ras oncogene. Recently, inhibitors of farnesyltransferase have been identified through two different approaches: microbial screens for natural compounds, and substrate analogues. These inhibitors may be useful in blocking the action of Ras proteins, in further characterizing protein prenyltransferases, and in elucidating the regulation of cholesterol metabolism.

PMID:
8236454
DOI:
10.1016/0968-0004(93)90072-u
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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