Human α-thrombin inhibition by the highly selective compounds N-ethoxycarbonyl-D-Phe-Pro-α-azaLys p-nitrophenyl ester and N-carbobenzoxy-Pro-α-azaLys p-nitrophenyl ester: A kinetic, thermodynamic and x-ray crystallographic study

Giuseppina De Simone, Gianni Balliano, Paola Milla, Carlo Gallina, Cesare Giordano, Cataldo Tarricone, Menico Rizzi, Martino Bolognesi, Paolo Ascenzi

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Abstract

Kinetics, thermodynamics and structural aspects of human α-thrombin (thrombin) inhibition by newly synthesized low molecular weight derivatives of α-azalysine have been investigated. The thrombin catalyzed hydrolysis of N-ethoxycarbonyl-D-Phe-Pro-α-azaLys p-nitrophenyl ester (Eoc-D-Phe-Pro-azaLys-ONp) and N-carbobenzoxy-Pro-α-azaLys p-nitrophenyl ester (Cbz-Pro-azaLys-ONp) was investigated at pH 6.2 and 21.0°C, and analyzed in parallel with that of N-α-(N,N-dimethylcarbamoyl)-α-azalysine p-nitrophenyl ester (Dmc-azaLys-ONp). Decarboxylation following the enzymatic hydrolysis of these p-nitrophenyl esters gave the corresponding 1-peptidyl-2(4-aminobutyl) hydrazines (peptidyl Abh) showing properties of thrombin competitive inhibitors. Therefore, thermodynamics for the reversible binding of D-Phe-Pro-Abh, Cbz-Pro-Abh and Dmc-Abh to thrombin was examined. These results are consistent with the minimum four-step catalytic mechanism for product inhibition of serine proteinases. Eoc-D-Phe-Pro-azaLys-ONp and Eoc-D-Phe-Pro-Abh display a sub-micromolar affinity for thrombin together with a high selectivity versus homologous plasmatic and pancreatic serine proteinases acting on cationic substrates. The three-dimensional structures of the reversible non-covalent thrombin:Eoc-D-Phe-Pro-Abh and thrombin:Cbz-Pro-Abh complexes have been determined by X-ray crystallography at 2.0 Å resolution (R-factor = 0.169 and 0.179, respectively), and analyzed in parallel with that of the thrombin:Dmc-azaLys acyl.enzyme adduct. Both Eoc-D-Phe-Pro-Abh and Cbz-Pro-Abh competitive inhibitors are accommodated in the thrombin active center, spanning the region between the aryl binding site and the S1 primary specificity subsite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)558-569
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Volume269
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 20 1997

Keywords

  • Human α-thrombin
  • N-carbobenzoxy-Pro-α-azaLys p-nitrophenyl ester
  • N-ethoxycarbonyl-D-Phe-Pro-α-azaLys p-nitrophenyl ester
  • Serine proteinase inhibition
  • X-ray crystal structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology

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