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Keywords:

  • chelators;
  • fragment-based lead design;
  • libraries;
  • metalloproteins;
  • zinc
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A chelator fragment library based on a variety of metal binding groups was screened against a metalloproteinase. Lead hits were identified and an expanded library of select compounds was synthesized, resulting in numerous high-affinity hits against several metalloprotein targets. The findings clearly demonstrate that chelators can be used to generate libraries suitable for fragment-based lead design (FBLD) directed at important metalloproteins.