Overcoming insecticide resistance through computational inhibitor design [article]

Galen Correy, Daniel Zaidman, Silvia Carvalho, Peter D. Mabbitt, Peter J. James, Andrew C. Kotze, Nir London, Colin J. Jackson
2017 bioRxiv   pre-print
Insecticides allow control of agricultural pests and disease vectors and are vital for global food security and health. The evolution of resistance to insecticides, such as organophosphates (OPs), is a serious and growing concern. OP resistance often involves sequestration or hydrolysis of OPs by carboxylesterases. Inhibiting carboxylesterases could therefore restore the effectiveness of OPs for which resistance has evolved. Here, we use covalent computational design to produce nano/pico-molar
more » ... ce nano/pico-molar boronic acid inhibitors of the carboxylesterase aE7 from the agricultural pest Lucilia cuprina, as well as a common Gly137Asp aE7 mutant that confers OP resistance. These inhibitors, with no intrinsic apparent toxicity, act synergistically with the OPs diazinon and malathion to reduce the amount of OP required to kill L. cuprina by up to 16-fold, and abolish resistance. These compounds represent a solution to insecticide resistance as well as to environmental concerns regarding OPs, allowing significant reduction of use without compromising efficacy.
doi:10.1101/161430 fatcat:jisvw2jbmvdfdj5ak7tymho7he