Cysteine proteases (CPs) are responsible for many biochemical processes occurring in living organisms and they have been implicated in the development and progression of several diseases that involve abnormal protein turnover. The activity of CPs is regulated among others by their specific inhibitors: cystatins. The main aim of this review is to discuss the structure-activity relationships of cysteine proteases and cystatins, as well as of some synthetic inhibitors of cysteine proteases structurally based on the binding fragments of cystatins.
|Journal||Acta Biochimica Polonica|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- Medicinal Chemistry
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
- structure-activity relationship
- synthetic inhibitors
- cysteine proteases