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See detailInhibition of dd-Peptidases by a Specific Trifluoroketone: Crystal Structure of a Complex with the Actinomadura R39 dd-Peptidase.
Dzhekieva, Liudmila; Adediran, S. A.; Herman, Raphael et al

in Biochemistry (2013)

Inhibitors of bacterial dd-peptidases represent potential antibiotics. In the search for alternatives to beta-lactams, we have investigated a series of compounds designed to generate transition state ... [more ▼]

Inhibitors of bacterial dd-peptidases represent potential antibiotics. In the search for alternatives to beta-lactams, we have investigated a series of compounds designed to generate transition state analogue structures upon reaction with dd-peptidases. The compounds contain a combination of a peptidoglycan-mimetic specificity handle and a warhead capable of delivering a tetrahedral anion to the enzyme active site. The latter includes a boronic acid, two alcohols, an aldehyde, and a trifluoroketone. The compounds were tested against two low-molecular mass class C dd-peptidases. As expected from previous observations, the boronic acid was a potent inhibitor, but rather unexpectedly from precedent, the trifluoroketone [d-alpha-aminopimelyl(1,1,1-trifluoro-3-amino)butan-2-one] was also very effective. Taking into account competing hydration, we found the trifluoroketone was the strongest inhibitor of the Actinomadura R39 dd-peptidase, with a subnanomolar (free ketone) inhibition constant. A crystal structure of the complex between the trifluoroketone and the R39 enzyme showed that a tetrahedral adduct had indeed formed with the active site serine nucleophile. The trifluoroketone moiety, therefore, should be considered along with boronic acids and phosphonates as a warhead that can be incorporated into new and effective dd-peptidase inhibitors and therefore, perhaps, antibiotics. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetics of Reactions of the Actinomadura R39 dd-Peptidase with Specific Substrates.
Adediran, S. A.; Kumar, Ish; Nagarajan et al

in Biochemistry (2011), 50(3), 376-387

The Actinomadura R39 dd-peptidase catalyzes the hydrolysis and aminolysis of a number of small peptides and depsipeptides. Details of its substrate specificity and the nature of its in vivo substrate are ... [more ▼]

The Actinomadura R39 dd-peptidase catalyzes the hydrolysis and aminolysis of a number of small peptides and depsipeptides. Details of its substrate specificity and the nature of its in vivo substrate are not, however, well understood. This paper describes the interactions of the R39 enzyme with two peptidoglycan-mimetic substrates 3-(d-cysteinyl)propanoyl-d-alanyl-d-alanine and 3-(d-cysteinyl)propanoyl-d-alanyl-d-thiolactate. A detailed study of the reactions of the former substrate, catalyzed by the enzyme, showed dd-carboxypeptidase, dd-transpeptidase, and dd-endopeptidase activities. These results confirm the specificity of the enzyme for a free d-amino acid at the N-terminus of good substrates and indicated a preference for extended d-amino acid leaving groups. The latter was supported by determination of the structural specificity of amine nucleophiles for the acyl-enzyme generated by reaction of the enzyme with the thiolactate substrate. It was concluded that a specific substrate for this enzyme, and possibly the in vivo substrate, may consist of a partly cross-linked peptidoglycan polymer where a free side chain N-terminal un-cross-linked amino acid serves as the specific acyl group in an endopeptidase reaction. The enzyme is most likely a dd-endopeptidase in vivo. pH−rate profiles for reactions of the enzyme with peptides, the thiolactate named above, and β-lactams indicated the presence of complex proton dissociation pathways with sticky substrates and/or protons. The local structure of the active site may differ significantly for reactions of peptides and β-lactams. Solvent kinetic deuterium isotope effects indicate the presence of classical general acid/base catalysis in both acylation and deacylation; there is no evidence of the low fractionation factor active site hydrogen found previously in class A and C β-lactamases. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of a complex between the Actinomadura R39 DD-peptidase and a peptidoglycan-mimetic boronate inhibitor: interpretation of a transition state analogue in terms of catalytic mechanism.
Dzhekieva, Liudmila; Rocaboy, Mathieu ULg; Kerff, Frédéric ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2010), 49(30), 6411-9

The Actinomadura R39 DD-peptidase is a bacterial low molecular weight class C penicillin-binding protein. It has previously been shown to catalyze hydrolysis and aminolysis of small D-alanyl-D-alanine ... [more ▼]

The Actinomadura R39 DD-peptidase is a bacterial low molecular weight class C penicillin-binding protein. It has previously been shown to catalyze hydrolysis and aminolysis of small D-alanyl-D-alanine terminating peptides, especially those with a side chain that mimics the amino terminus of the stem peptide precursor to the bacterial cell wall. This paper describes the synthesis of (D-alpha-aminopimelylamino)-D-1-ethylboronic acid, designed to be a peptidoglycan-mimetic transition state analogue inhibitor of the R39 DD-peptidase. The boronate was found to be a potent inhibitor of the peptidase with a K(i) value of 32 +/- 6 nM. Since it binds some 30 times more strongly than the analogous peptide substrate, the boronate may well be a transition state analogue. A crystal structure of the inhibitory complex shows the boronate covalently bound to the nucleophilic active site Ser 49. The aminopimelyl side chain is bound into the site previously identified as specific for this moiety. One boronate oxygen is held in the oxyanion hole; the other, occupying the leaving group site of acylation or the nucleophile site of deacylation, appears to be hydrogen-bonded to the hydroxyl group of Ser 298. The Ser 49 oxygen appears to be hydrogen bonded to Lys 52. If it is assumed that this structure does resemble a high-energy tetrahedral intermediate in catalysis, it seems likely that Ser 298 participates as part of a proton transfer chain initiated by Lys 52 or Lys 410 as the primary proton donor/acceptor. The structure, therefore, supports a particular class of mechanism that employs this proton transfer device. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structures of complexes of bacterial DD-peptidases with peptidoglycan-mimetic ligands: the substrate specificity puzzle.
Sauvage, Eric ULg; Powell, Ailsa J; Heilemann, Jason et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2008), 381(2), 383-93

The X-ray crystal structures of covalent complexes of the Actinomadura R39 dd-peptidase and Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 5 with beta-lactams bearing peptidoglycan-mimetic side chains ... [more ▼]

The X-ray crystal structures of covalent complexes of the Actinomadura R39 dd-peptidase and Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 5 with beta-lactams bearing peptidoglycan-mimetic side chains have been determined. The structure of the hydrolysis product of an analogous peptide bound noncovalently to the former enzyme has also been obtained. The R39 DD-peptidase structures reveal the presence of a specific binding site for the D-alpha-aminopimelyl side chain, characteristic of the stem peptide of Actinomadura R39. This binding site features a hydrophobic cleft for the pimelyl methylene groups and strong hydrogen bonding to the polar terminus. Both of these active site elements are provided by amino acid side chains from two separate domains of the protein. In contrast, no clear electron density corresponding to the terminus of the peptidoglycan-mimetic side chains is present when these beta-lactams are covalently bound to PBP5. There is, therefore, no indication of a specific side-chain binding site in this enzyme. These results are in agreement with those from kinetics studies published earlier and support the general prediction made at the time of a direct correlation between kinetics and structural evidence. The essential high-molecular-mass PBPs have demonstrated, to date, no specific reactivity with peptidoglycan-mimetic peptide substrates and beta-lactam inhibitors and, thus, probably do not possess a specific substrate-binding site of the type demonstrated here with the R39 DD-peptidase. This striking deficiency may represent a sophisticated defense mechanism against low-molecular-mass substrate-analogue inhibitors/antibiotics; its discovery should focus new inhibitor design. [less ▲]

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See detailReactivity of penicillin-binding proteins with peptidoglycan-mimetic beta-lactams: what's wrong with these enzymes?
Josephine, Helen R.; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Davies, Christopher et al

in Biochemistry (2006), 45(51), 15873-83

Beta-lactams exert their antibiotic action through their inhibition of bacterial DD-peptidases (penicillin-binding proteins). Bacteria, in general, carry several such enzymes localized on the outside of ... [more ▼]

Beta-lactams exert their antibiotic action through their inhibition of bacterial DD-peptidases (penicillin-binding proteins). Bacteria, in general, carry several such enzymes localized on the outside of their cell membrane to catalyze the final step in cell wall (peptidoglycan) synthesis. They have been classified into two major groups, one of high molecular weight, the other of low. Members of the former group act as transpeptidases in vivo, and their inhibition by beta-lactams leads to cessation of bacterial growth. The latter group consists of DD-carboxypeptidases, and their inhibition by beta-lactams is generally not fatal to bacteria. We have previously shown that representatives of the former group are ineffective at catalyzing the hydrolysis/aminolysis of peptidoglycan-mimetic peptides in vitro [Anderson et al. (2003) Biochem. J. 373, 949-955]. The theme of these experiments is expanded in the present paper where we describe the synthesis of a series of beta-lactams (penicillins and cephalosporins) containing peptidoglycan-mimetic side chains and the kinetics of their inhibition of a panel of penicillin-binding proteins spanning the major classes (Escherichia coli PBP 2 and PBP 5, Streptococcus pneumoniae PBP 1b, PBP 2x and PBP 3, the Actinomadura R39 DD-peptidase, and the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase). The results of these experiments mirror and expand the previous results with peptides. Neither peptides nor beta-lactams with appropriate peptidoglycan-mimetic side chains react with the solubilized constructs of membrane-bound penicillin binding proteins (the first five enzymes above) at rates exceeding those of generic analogues. Such peptides and beta-lactams do react at greatly enhanced rates with certain soluble low molecular weight enzymes (R61 and R39 DD-peptidases). The former result is unexpected and interesting. Why do the majority of penicillin-binding proteins not recognize elements of local peptidoglycan structure? Possible answers are discussed. That this question needs to be asked casts fascinating shadows on current studies of penicillin-binding proteins for new drug design. [less ▲]

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See detailCenta as a Chromogenic Substrate for Studying Beta-Lactamases
Bebrone, Carine ULg; Moali, C.; Mahy, F. et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2001), 45(6), 1868-71

CENTA, a chromogenic cephalosporin, is readily hydrolyzed by beta-lactamases of all classes except for the Aeromonas hydrophila metalloenzyme. Although it cannot practically be used for the detection of ... [more ▼]

CENTA, a chromogenic cephalosporin, is readily hydrolyzed by beta-lactamases of all classes except for the Aeromonas hydrophila metalloenzyme. Although it cannot practically be used for the detection of beta-lactamase-producing strains on agar plates, it should be quite useful for kinetic studies and the detection of the enzymes in crude extracts and chromatographic fractions. [less ▲]

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