NOVEL CHEMICAL TOOLS TO STUDY CATHEPSIN X ACTIVATION

Grant number: DE180100418 | Funding period: 2018 - 2022

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Abstract

This project aims to develop new chemical tools that can measure the specific activation of cathepsin X in cells, tissues, and live animals, as well as specific inhibitors for cathepsin X. The cysteine protease cathepsin X mediates basic biological functions that are essential for life, including cell communication, phagocytosis, immune maturation and neuritogenesis. The outcomes should benefit the wider research community. They could have long-term implications for health and disease, and deliver economic benefits through commercialisation of the novel tools.