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This meeting took place in 2002

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Proteolytic Enzymes as Therapeutic Targets (B3)

Organizer(s) Robert L. Heinrikson and Jan Potempa
February 3—8, 2002
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Nov 2, 2001
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Scholarship Deadline:
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 3, 2001

Sponsored in part by The Director's Sponsor Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Proteolytic enzymes play roles in almost every biological system, and they have proven to be important therapeutic targets for drug development. Inhibitors of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) represent a major success in benefiting sufferers of hypertension. HIV-protease inhibitors have literally changed the duration and quality of life of AIDS patients. Discoveries of new proteases continue unabated, and it remains a problem of how to develop inhibitors of these enzymes as drugs. Currently, the proteases involved in liberating the toxic Abeta peptide that accumulates in Alzheimer's Disease represent a topic of intense interest. Cysteinyl proteases such as caspases and virally encoded enzymes are also current targets with inhibitors entering clinical trials. This meeting will update, and facilitate scientific exchanges among investigators working on a spectrum of proteases that have been shown to participate in biological pathways relevant to human disease.

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