Patent Number: 8,795,978

Title: Modulating latency and reactivation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Abstract: Methods for screening for agents that modulate the activation state, i.e., active growth or persistence, of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), methods of treating an Mtb infection in a subject using agents identified by the screening methods, and methods for screening for a latent Mtb infection in a subject are disclosed. The screening methods involve contacting a Mtb sensor kinase with an agent to be tested, then detecting the response of the Mtb sensor kinase to modulating ligands or detecting changes in the oxidation state of the heme iron of the Mtb sensor kinase. The methods for treating an Mtb infection in a subject involve administering a therapeutically effective amount of an agent identified by the screening methods. The methods for screening for a latent Mtb infection in a subject involve detecting carbon monoxide or nitric oxide binding to heme iron of Mtb sensor kinases.

Inventors: Steyn; Adrie J. C. (Hoover, AL), Kumar; Ashwani (Birmingham, AL)

Assignee: The UAB Research Foundation

International Classification: C12Q 1/48 (20060101); C12Q 1/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018