In the past decade, the genes encoding all four enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of mycothiol in Mycobacterium tuberculosis have been identified. Orthologs of each of these have been stably expressed and structurally characterized. The chemical mechanisms of all the four have also been studied. Because of the unique phylogenetic distribution of mycothiol, and the enzymes responsible for its biosynthesis, these enzymes represent interesting potential targets for antimycobacterial agents.
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- Analytical Chemistry