The past decade has seen an increase in the understanding of the structure and function of protease inhibitors. The molecular basis of the interaction between a variety of biological substrates or synthetic inhibitors and serine proteases of the kallikrein family has provided insights into inhibitor protein-protease reactive site interactions, which have proved of value in the design of new kallikrein inhibitors. This review focuses on the current understanding of the functional status of kallikrein inhibitors, which include a variety of molecules derived from plant, reptile and mammalian sources, as well as synthetic agents.
|Journal||Current Opinion in Investigational Drugs|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|