Allosteric inhibitors of chemoattractant receptors: opportunities and pitfalls

Marcello Allegretti, Riccardo Bertini, Cinzia Bizzarri, Andrea Beccari, Alberto Mantovani, Massimo Locati

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Given the central role of chemokines in infection, inflammation and immunity, chemokine receptors are a prime target for pharmacological intervention, and more so after the recent approval of chemokine receptor inhibitors for HIV. Allosteric inhibitors offer a largely unexploited opportunity to interfere with and modulate chemokine receptor activation and signaling. In addition to characterizing binding mode as a first step to understanding the specific mechanism underlying drug action, allosteric inhibitors pose new questions concerning different phases in drug discovery and pharmacological characterization, including the identification of appropriate screening tests, the evaluation of inhibitory effects on different signaling pathways and the implications of agonist- and signaling pathway-dependent inhibition for overall in vivo efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-286
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology

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