Propofol, marketed as Diprivan among others, is a short-acting medication that results in a decreased level of consciousness and lack of memory for events. Its uses include the starting and maintenance of anesthesia, sedation for mechanically ventilated adults. It is used for status epilepticus if other medications have not worked, maximum effect takes about two minutes to occur and it typically lasts five to ten minutes. Common side effects include a heart rate, low blood pressure, burning sensation at the site of injection. Other serious side effects may include seizures, infections with improper use, addiction and it appears to be safe for using during pregnancy but has not been well studied in this group. However, it is not recommended during cesarean section, Propofol is not a pain medication, so opioids such as morphine may be used. Whether or not they are always needed is unclear, Propofol is believed to work at least partly via the receptor for GABA. It is on the World Health Organizations List of Essential Medicines and it is available as a generic medication.
The wholesale price in the world is between 0.61 and 8.50 USD per vial. It has been referred to as milk of amnesia because of the appearance of the intravenous preparation. Propofol is used in veterinary medicine, Propofol is used for induction and maintenance of anesthesia, having largely replaced sodium thiopental. Propofol is used to sedate individuals who are receiving mechanical ventilation but are not undergoing surgery, in critically ill patients, propofol has been found to be superior to lorazepam both in effectiveness and overall cost. Propofol is often used instead of sodium thiopental for starting anesthesia because recovery from propofol is more rapid, Propofol is used for procedural sedation. Its use in these results in a faster recovery compared to midazolam. It can be combined with opioids or benzodiazepines, because of its fast induction and recovery time, propofol is widely used for sedation of infants and children undergoing MRI. It is used in combination with ketamine as the two together have lower rates of side effects.
The Missouri Supreme Court decided to allow the use of propofol to execute prisoners condemned to death, the United Kingdom had already banned the export of medicines or veterinary medicines containing propofol to the United States. Recreational use of the drug via self-administration has been reported, but is rare due to its potency
Honokiol is a lignan isolated from the bark, seed cones, and leaves of trees belonging to the genus Magnolia. It has been identified as one the chemical compounds in traditional eastern herbal medicines along with magnolol, 4-O-methylhonokiol. Honokiol has been extracted from a number of species of Magnolia native to regions of the globe. Magnolia grandiflora, which is native to the American South, as well as Mexican species like Magnolia dealbata have been found to be sources of honokiol, traditionally in Asian medicine, the Magnolia biondii, Magnolia obovata, and Magnolia officinalis are commonly used. The compound itself has a spicy odor, because of its physical properties, honokiol can readily cross the blood brain barrier and the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier. As a result, honokiol is a potentially potent therapy with high bioavailability, honokiol belongs to a class of neolignan biphenols. It is hydrophobic and readily dissolved in lipids and it is structurally similar to propofol.
There are several methods for purifying and isolating honokiol, in nature, honokiol exists with its structural isomer magnolol, which differs from honokiol only by the position of one hydroxyl group. Because of the similar properties of magnolol and honokiol, purification has often been limited to a HPLC or electromigration. However, methods developed in 2006 by workers in the lab of Jack L, figure 1 Additionally a rapid separation approach was published in the Journal of Chromatography A in 2007. The process uses high-capacity high-speed countercurrent chromatography, through this method honokiol can be separated and purified to above 98% purity with a high yield in under an hour. Extracts from the bark or seed cones of the Magnolia tree have been used in traditional medicine in China, Korea. Houpu has traditionally used in Eastern medicine as analgesic and to treat anxiety. However, it has shown to treat a number of other conditions. In China, magnolia bark is called Houpu and is most commonly taken from the Magnolia obovata, some Chinese traditional formulas containing Houpu include Banxia Houpu Tang, Xiao Zhengai Tang, Ping Wei San and Shenmi Tang.
Japanese Kampo formulas include, Hange-koboku-to and Sai-boku-to, in the late 1990s, honokiol saw a revival in interest as a potent and highly tolerable antitumorigenic and neurotrophic compound. Currently there are a number of supplements containing honokiol on the market, and its use has been widely well received among practitioners of new age, homeopathic. Honokiol is a compound, meaning it is able to act on the body through a number of pathways
Catechin /ˈkætᵻtʃɪn/ is a flavan-3-ol, a type of natural phenol and antioxidant. It is a plant secondary metabolite and it belongs to the group of flavan-3-ols, part of the chemical family of flavonoids. The name of the chemical family derives from catechu, which is the tannic juice or boiled extract of Mimosa catechu. Catechin possesses two benzene rings and a dihydropyran heterocycle with a group on carbon 3. The A ring is similar to a resorcinol moiety while the B ring is similar to a catechol moiety, there are two chiral centers on the molecule on carbons 2 and 3. Two of the isomers are in trans configuration and are called catechin, the most common catechin isomer is the -catechin. The other stereoisomer is -catechin or ent-catechin, the most common epicatechin isomer is -epicatechin. The different epimers can be distinguished using chiral column chromatography, making reference to no particular isomer, the molecule can just be called catechin. Mixtures of the different enantiomers can be called -catechin or DL-catechin and -epicatechin or DL-epicatechin and epicatechin are the building blocks of the proanthocyanidins, a type of condensed tannin.
Diastereoisomers gallery Moreover, the flexibility of the C-ring allows for two isomers, putting the B ring either in a pseudoequatorial position or in a pseudoaxial position. Studies confirmed that -catechin adopts a mixture of A- and E-conformers in aqueous solution, as flavonoids, catechins can act as antioxidants when in high concentration in vitro, but compared with other flavonoids, their antioxidant potential is low. Electrochemical experiments show that -catechin oxidation mechanism proceeds in steps, related with the catechol and resorcinol groups. The oxidation of the catechol 3′, 4′-dihydroxyl electron-donating groups occurs first, at very low positive potentials, the hydroxyl groups of the resorcinol moiety oxidised afterwards were shown to undergo an irreversible oxidation reaction. The laccase/ABTS system oxidizes -catechin to oligomeric products of which proanthocyanidin A2 is a dimer, the two isomers are mostly found as cacao and tea constituents. -Epicatechin can be found in beans and was first called kakaool or cacao-ol.
It was isolated from green tea by Michiyo Tsujimura in 1929, maximilian Nierenstein was among those who proved the presence of catechin in cocoa beans in 1931. Catechin is found as glycoside and the form has antioxidant properties in vitro. The main dietary sources of catechins in Europe and the United States are tea and epicatechins are found in cocoa, according to one database, has the highest content of catechins among foods analyzed, followed by prune juice and broad bean pod
In chemistry, an alcohol is any organic compound in which the hydroxyl functional group is bound to a saturated carbon atom. The term alcohol originally referred to the alcohol ethanol, the predominant alcohol in alcoholic beverages. The suffix -ol in non-systematic names typically indicates that the substance includes a functional group and, so. But many substances, particularly sugars contain hydroxyl functional groups without using the suffix, an important class of alcohols, of which methanol and ethanol are the simplest members is the saturated straight chain alcohols, the general formula for which is CnH2n+1OH. The word alcohol is from the Arabic kohl, a used as an eyeliner. Al- is the Arabic definite article, equivalent to the in English, alcohol was originally used for the very fine powder produced by the sublimation of the natural mineral stibnite to form antimony trisulfide Sb 2S3, hence the essence or spirit of this substance. It was used as an antiseptic and cosmetic, the meaning of alcohol was extended to distilled substances in general, and narrowed to ethanol, when spirits as a synonym for hard liquor.
Bartholomew Traheron, in his 1543 translation of John of Vigo, Vigo wrote, the barbarous auctours use alcohol, or alcofoll, for moost fine poudre. The 1657 Lexicon Chymicum, by William Johnson glosses the word as antimonium sive stibium, by extension, the word came to refer to any fluid obtained by distillation, including alcohol of wine, the distilled essence of wine. Libavius in Alchymia refers to vini alcohol vel vinum alcalisatum, Johnson glosses alcohol vini as quando omnis superfluitas vini a vino separatur, ita ut accensum ardeat donec totum consumatur, nihilque fæcum aut phlegmatis in fundo remaneat. The words meaning became restricted to spirit of wine in the 18th century and was extended to the class of substances so-called as alcohols in modern chemistry after 1850, the term ethanol was invented 1892, based on combining the word ethane with ol the last part of alcohol. In the IUPAC system, in naming simple alcohols, the name of the alkane chain loses the terminal e and adds ol, e. g. as in methanol and ethanol.
When necessary, the position of the group is indicated by a number between the alkane name and the ol, propan-1-ol for CH 3CH 2CH 2OH, propan-2-ol for CH 3CHCH3. If a higher priority group is present, the prefix hydroxy is used, in other less formal contexts, an alcohol is often called with the name of the corresponding alkyl group followed by the word alcohol, e. g. methyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol. Propyl alcohol may be n-propyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, depending on whether the group is bonded to the end or middle carbon on the straight propane chain. As described under systematic naming, if another group on the molecule takes priority, Alcohols are classified into primary and tertiary, based upon the number of carbon atoms connected to the carbon atom that bears the hydroxyl functional group. The primary alcohols have general formulas RCH2OH, the simplest primary alcohol is methanol, for which R=H, and the next is ethanol, for which R=CH3, the methyl group. Secondary alcohols are those of the form RRCHOH, the simplest of which is 2-propanol, for the tertiary alcohols the general form is RRRCOH
Potassium bromide is a salt, widely used as an anticonvulsant and a sedative in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with over-the-counter use extending to 1975 in the US. Its action is due to the bromide ion, potassium bromide is used as a veterinary drug, as an antiepileptic medication for dogs. Under standard conditions, potassium bromide is a crystalline powder. It is freely soluble in water, it is not soluble in acetonitrile, in a dilute aqueous solution, potassium bromide tastes sweet, at higher concentrations it tastes bitter, and tastes salty when the concentration is even higher. These effects are due to the properties of the potassium ion—sodium bromide tastes salty at any concentration. In high concentration, potassium bromide strongly irritates the mucous membrane, causing nausea. Potassium bromide, an ionic salt, is fully dissociated. It serves as a source of bromide ions, bromide can be regarded as the first effective medication for epilepsy. At the time, it was thought that epilepsy was caused by masturbation.
Locock noted that bromide calmed sexual excitement and thought this was responsible for his success in treating seizures, there was not a better epilepsy drug until phenobarbital in 1912. Bromides exceedingly long life in the body made it difficult to dose without side effects. Medical use of bromides in the US was discontinued at this time, as many better, use of bromide in cats is limited because it carries a substantial risk of causing lung inflammation in them. Potassium bromide is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in humans to control seizures, in Germany, it is still approved as an antiepileptic drug for humans, particularly children and adolescents. These indications include severe forms of generalized tonic-clonic seizures, early-childhood-related Grand-Mal-seizures, adults who have reacted positively to the drug during childhood/adolescence may continue treatment. Potassium bromide tablets are sold under the brand name Dibro-Be mono, the drug has almost complete bioavailability, but the bromide ion has a relatively long half life of 12 days in the blood, making bromide salts difficult to adjust and dose.
The therapeutic index for bromide is small, as with other antiepileptics, sometimes even therapeutic doses may give rise to intoxication. Often indistinguishable from expected side-effects, these include, Bromism These are central nervous system reactions, tongue disorder, bad breath, and obstipation occur. Potassium bromide is transparent from the ultraviolet to long-wave infrared wavelengths and has no significant optical absorption lines in its high transmission region
It is a conformationally-restricted analogue of the neurotransmitter glutamate, and due to its structural similarity to this neurotransmitter, acts as a non-selective glutamate receptor agonist. Because of this, ibotenic acid can be a powerful neurotoxin, Ibotenic acid acts as a potent agonist of the NMDA and group I and II metabotropic glutamate receptors. It is inactive at group III mGluRs, Ibotenic acid acts as a weak agonist of the AMPA and kainate receptors. In addition, due to in vivo decarboxylation into muscimol, it acts indirectly as a potent GABAA, Ibotenic acid is an agonist of glutamate, specifically at both the N-methyl-D-aspartate, or NMDA and trans-ACPD receptor sites in a multiple of systems in the central nervous system. Ibotenic neurotoxicity can be enhanced by glycine and blocked by dizocilpine, dizocilpine acts as an uncompetitive antagonist at NMDA receptors. Ibotenic acid toxicity comes from activation of the NMDA receptors, NMDA receptors are related to synaptic plasticity and work with metabotropic glutamate receptors to establish long term potentiation or LTP.
The process of long term potentiation is believed to be related to the acquisition of information, the NMDA receptor functions properly by allowing Ca2+ ions to pass through after activation at the receptor site. The binding of ibotenic acid allows excess Ca2+ into the system results in neuronal cell death or apoptosis. Ca2+ activates CaM-KII or Ca2+/Calmodulin Kinase which phosphorylates multiple enzymes, the activated enzymes begin producing reactive oxygen species which damages surrounding tissue. The excess Ca2+ results in the enhancement of the electron transport system which will further increase the number of reactive oxygen species. Ibotenic acid typically affects NMDA and trans-ACPD receptors in the nervous system. Due to their targeting of these systems the symptoms associated with Ibotenic acid poisoning are related to perception. Symptoms associated with the compound are usually onset within 30–60 minutes, the most common symptoms include, nausea and drowsiness. However, after the first hour symptoms begin to include confusion, euphoria and auditory distortions, sensations of floating, symptoms are slightly different for children, typically beginning after 30–180 minutes.
Dominant symptoms in children include ataxia and lethargy, seizures are occasionally reported, more commonly with children. Treatment of ibotenic acid poisoning is limited and varies as the dose of the compound varies from person to person. Patients admitted to the hospital for ibotenic acid poisoning are typically given charcoal in order to stop the absorption of the compound and prevent further intoxication. Upon receiving charcoal treatment the patient’s vital signs are monitored and toxicity usually lasts between 6 and 8 hours, some symptoms may take up to a few days to subside
Benzodiazepines, sometimes called benzos, are a class of psychoactive drugs whose core chemical structure is the fusion of a benzene ring and a diazepine ring. In 1977 benzodiazepines were globally the most prescribed medications, Benzodiazepines enhance the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid at the GABAA receptor, resulting in sedative, anxiolytic and muscle relaxant properties. High doses of many shorter-acting benzodiazepines may cause anterograde amnesia and these properties make benzodiazepines useful in treating anxiety, agitation, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal and as a premedication for medical or dental procedures. Benzodiazepines are categorized as either short-, intermediate-, or long-acting, short- and intermediate-acting benzodiazepines are preferred for the treatment of insomnia, longer-acting benzodiazepines are recommended for the treatment of anxiety. Benzodiazepines are generally viewed as safe and effective for use, although cognitive impairment. A minority of people can have paradoxical reactions such as worsened agitation or panic, long-term use is controversial because of concerns about adverse psychological and physical effects, decreasing effectiveness, and physical dependence and withdrawal.
As a result of adverse effects associated with the use of benzodiazepines, withdrawal from benzodiazepines, in general. There is controversy concerning the safety of benzodiazepines in pregnancy, Benzodiazepines can be taken in overdoses and can cause dangerous deep unconsciousness. However, they are less toxic than their predecessors, the barbiturates, when combined with other central nervous system depressants such as ethanol and opioids, the potential for toxicity and fatal overdose increases. Benzodiazepines are commonly misused and taken in combination with other drugs of abuse, most are administered orally, they can be given intravenously, intramuscularly, or rectally. In general, benzodiazepines are well-tolerated and are safe and effective drugs in the term for a wide range of conditions. Tolerance can develop to their effects and there is a risk of dependence and these factors, combined with other possible secondary effects after prolonged use such as psychomotor, cognitive, or memory impairments, limit their long-term applicability.
The effects of use or misuse include the tendency to cause or worsen cognitive deficits, depression. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia recommends discontinuing the usage of benzodiazepines in those on opioids, because of their effectiveness and rapid onset of anxiolytic action, benzodiazepines are frequently used for the treatment of anxiety associated with panic disorder. However, there is disagreement among expert bodies regarding the use of benzodiazepines for panic disorder. APA states that there is insufficient evidence to recommend any of the established panic disorder treatments over another, one advantage of benzodiazepines is that they alleviate the anxiety symptoms much faster than antidepressants, and therefore may be preferred in patients for whom rapid symptom control is critical. However, this advantage is offset by the possibility of developing benzodiazepine dependence, APA does not recommend benzodiazepines for persons with depressive symptoms or a recent history of substance abuse.
Although major concerns about benzodiazepine tolerance and withdrawal have been raised, for many such patients stable doses of benzodiazepines retain their efficacy over several years
They are anabolic and increase protein within cells, especially in skeletal muscles. The word anabolic, referring to anabolism, comes from the Greek ἀναβολή anabole and they are one of three types of sex hormone agonists, the others being estrogens like estradiol and progestogens like progesterone. Health risks can be produced by long-term use or excessive doses of AAS and these effects include harmful changes in cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, liver damage, and dangerous changes in the structure of the left ventricle of the heart. Conditions pertaining to hormonal imbalances such as gynecomastia and testicular size reduction may be caused by AAS and their use is referred to as doping and banned by most major sporting bodies. For many years, AAS have been by far the most detected doping substances in IOC-accredited laboratories, in countries where AAS are controlled substances, there is often a black market in which smuggled, clandestinely manufactured or even counterfeit drugs are sold to users. AAS have largely replaced in this setting by synthetic protein hormones that selectively stimulate growth of blood cell precursors.
Growth stimulation, AAS can be used by pediatric endocrinologists to treat children with growth failure, the availability of synthetic growth hormone, which has fewer side effects, makes this a secondary treatment. Stimulation of appetite and preservation and increase of mass, AAS have been given to people with chronic wasting conditions such as cancer. Induction of male puberty, Androgens are given to many boys distressed about extreme delay of puberty, Testosterone is now nearly the only androgen used for this purpose and has been shown to increase height and fat-free mass in boys with delayed puberty. Male contraception, in the form of testosterone enanthate, potential for use in the near-future as a safe, stimulation of lean body mass and prevention of bone loss in elderly men, as some studies indicate. Hormone replacement for men with low levels of testosterone, effective in improving libido for elderly males, most steroid users are not athletes. Between 1 million and 3 million people are thought to have misused AAS in the United States, another study found that non-medical use of AAS among college students was at or less than 1%.
According to a recent survey,78, the same study found that individuals using AAS for non-medical purposes had a higher employment rate and a higher household income than the general population. AAS users tend to be disillusioned by the portrayal of AAS as deadly in the media, according to one study, AAS users distrust their physicians and in the sample 56% had not disclosed their AAS use to their physicians. A recent study has shown that long term AAS users were more likely to have symptoms of muscle dysmorphia. A recent study in the Journal of Health Psychology showed that many believed that steroids used in moderation were safe. AAS have been used by men and women in different kinds of professional sports to attain a competitive edge or to assist in recovery from injury. These sports include bodybuilding, shot put and other track and field, baseball, mixed martial arts, football, such use is prohibited by the rules of the governing bodies of most sports
The GABA receptors are a class of receptors that respond to the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid, the chief inhibitory compound in the mature vertebrate central nervous system. GABA receptors influence cognition by coordinating with glutamatergic processes, there are two classes of GABA receptors, GABAA and GABAB. GABAA receptors are ligand-gated ion channels, whereas GABAB receptors are G protein-coupled receptors and it has long been recognized that the fast response of neurons to GABA that is blocked by bicuculline and picrotoxin is due to direct activation of an anion channel. This channel was subsequently termed the GABAA receptor, fast-responding GABA receptors are members of a family of Cys-loop ligand-gated ion channels. In ionotropic GABAA receptors, binding of GABA molecules to their sites in the extracellular part of the receptor triggers opening of a chloride ion-selective pore. The increased chloride conductance drives the membrane potential towards the potential of the Cl¯ ion which is about –65 mV in neurons.
This mechanism is responsible for the effects of GABAA allosteric agonists. In addition, activation of GABA receptors lead to the so-called shunting inhibition, there have been numerous reports of excitatory GABAA receptors. According to the excitatory GABA theory, this phenomenon is due to increased intracellular concentration of Cl¯ ions either during development of the system or in certain cell populations. After this period of development, a pump is upregulated and inserted into the cell membrane. Further openings via GABA binding to the receptor produce inhibitory responses, over-excitation of this receptor induces receptor remodeling and the eventual invagination of the GABA receptor. As a result, further GABA binding becomes inhibited and inhibitory postsynaptic potentials are no longer relevant, a subclass of ionotropic GABA receptors, insensitive to typical allosteric modulators of GABAA receptor channels such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates, was designated GABAС receptor. Native responses of the GABAC receptor type occur in retinal bipolar or horizontal cells across vertebrate species, GABAС receptors are exclusively composed of ρ subunits that are related to GABAA receptor subunits.
Although the term GABAС receptor is used, GABAС may be viewed as a variant within the GABAA receptor family. Others have argued that the differences between GABAС and GABAA receptors are large enough to justify maintaining the distinction between these two subclasses of GABA receptors, a slow response to GABA is mediated by GABAB receptors, originally defined on the basis of pharmacological properties. In studies focused on the control of neurotransmitter release, it was noted that a GABA receptor was responsible for modulating evoked release in a variety of isolated tissue preparations. The most striking discovery was the finding that baclofen, a clinically employed spasmolytic mimicked, in a stereoselective manner, ligand-binding studies provided direct evidence of binding sites for baclofen on central neuronal membranes. CDNA cloning confirmed that the GABAB receptor belongs to the family of G-protein coupled receptors, additional information on GABAB receptors has been reviewed elsewhere
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A carbamate is an organic compound derived from carbamic acid. A carbamate group, carbamate ester, and carbamic acids are functional groups that are inter-related structurally, carbamate esters are called urethanes. Carbamic acids are derived from amines, R2NH + CO2 → R2NCO2H Carbamic acid is about as acidic as acetic acid, n-terminal amino groups of valine residues in the α- and β-chains of deoxyhemoglobin exist as carbamates. They help to stabilise the protein, when it becomes deoxyhemoglobin and this stabilizing effect should not be confused with the Bohr effect. The ε-amino groups of the residues in urease and phosphotriesterase feature carbamate. The carbamate derived from aminoimidazole is an intermediate in the biosynthesis of inosine, carbamoyl phosphate is generated from carboxyphosphate rather than CO2. Perhaps the most important carbamate is the one involved in the capture of CO2 by plants since this process is necessary for their growth, the enzyme ribulose 1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase fixes a molecule of carbon dioxide as phosphoglycerate in the Calvin cycle.
At the active site of the enzyme, a Mg2+ ion is bound to glutamate and aspartate residues as well as a lysine carbamate. The carbamate is formed when an uncharged lysine side chain near the ion reacts with a carbon dioxide molecule from the air, which renders it charged. The so-called carbamate insecticides feature the carbamate ester functional group, included in this group are aldicarb, carbaryl, fenobucarb and methomyl. These insecticides kill insects by reversibly inactivating the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, the organophosphate pesticides inhibit this enzyme, although irreversibly, and cause a more severe form of cholinergic poisoning. Fenoxycarb has a group but acts as a juvenile hormone mimic. The insect repellent icaridin is a substituted carbamate, polyurethanes contain multiple carbamate groups as part of their structure. The urethane in the name refers to these carbamate groups. In contrast, the commonly called urethane, ethyl carbamate, is neither a component of polyurethanes. Urethanes are usually formed by reaction of an alcohol with an isocyanate, urethanes made by a non-isocyanate route are called carbamates.
Polyurethane polymers have a range of properties and are commercially available as foams, elastomers. Typically, polyurethane polymers are made by combining diisocyanates, e. g. Urethane was once produced commercially in the United States as an antineoplastic agent and it was found to be toxic and largely ineffective
Monastrol is a cell-permeable small molecule inhibitor discovered by Thomas U. Mayer in the lab of Tim Mitchison. Monastrol was shown to inhibit the kinesin-5, a protein important for spindle bipolarity. We have used steady-state and presteady-state kinetics as well as equilibrium binding approaches to define the mechanistic basis of S-monastrol inhibition of monomeric human Eg5/KSP, in the absence of microtubules, the basal ATPase activity is inhibited through slowed product release. In the presence of microtubules, the ATPase activity is reduced with weakened binding of Eg5 to microtubules during steady-state ATP turnover. Monastrol-treated Eg5 shows a decreased affinity for microtubules under equilibrium conditions. The Mt. Eg5 presteady-state kinetics of ATP binding and the subsequent ATP-dependent isomerization are unaffected during the first ATP turnover, monastrol appears to stabilize a conformation that allows for reversals at the ATP hydrolysis step. Monastrol promotes a dramatic decrease in the rate of Eg5 association with microtubules.
We propose that S-monastrol binding to Eg5 induces a conformational change in the motor domain that favors ATP re-synthesis after ATP hydrolysis