Matrilysin-inhibitor complexes: common themes among metalloproteases.

Molecular Structure Department, Syntex Discovery Research, Palo Alto, California 94303, USA.
Biochemistry (Impact Factor: 3.19). 06/1995; 34(20):6602-10.
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ABSTRACT Matrix metalloproteases are a family of enzymes that play critical roles in the physiological and pathological degradation of the extracellular matrix. These enzymes may be important therapeutic targets for the treatment of various diseases where tissue degradation is part of the pathology, such as cancer and arthritis. Matrilysin is the smallest member of this family of enzymes, all of which require zinc for catalytic activity. The first X-ray crystal structures of human matrilysin are presented. Inhibitors of metalloproteases are often characterized by the chemical group that interacts with the active site zinc of the protein. The structures of matrilysin complexed with hydroxamate (maximum resolution 1.9 A), carboxylate (maximum resolution 2.4 A), and sulfodiimine (maximum resolution 2.3 A) inhibitors are presented here and provide detailed information about how each functional group interacts with the catalytic zinc. Only the zinc-coordination group is variable in this series of inhibitors. Examination of these inhibitor-matrilysin complexes emphasizes the dominant role the zinc-coordinating group plays in determining the relative potencies of the inhibitors. The structures of these matrilysin-inhibitor complexes also provide a basis for comparing the catalytic mechanism of MMPs and other metalloproteins.

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    • "MMPs may function through one of three catalytic mechanisms. The first mechanism called the base-catalysis mechanism is carried out by the conserved glutamate residue and Zn 2+ (Browner et al., 1995). In the second mechanism, the catalytic action involves an interaction between a water molecule and Zn 2+ during the acid-base catalysis (Kester and Matthews, 1977). "
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    • "This superfamily of proteases is defined by the presence of a Zn 2? ion at the catalytic center, which is coordinated by three histidine residues in the zinc-binding consensus sequence HExxHxxGxxH that is present in all proteolytically active metzincins, and a characteristic, strictly conserved methionine-containing tight 1,4 beta turn forming a hydrophobic cleft for the catalytic zinc ion (Bode et al. 1993). Catalysis of protein substrates is (most probably) carried out via a general base mechanism involving activation of a zinc-bound water molecule by the carboxylate group of the conserved glutamate residue in the catalytic pocket followed by attack of water on the polarized carbonyl group in the substrate's scissile bond (Browner et al. 1995). "
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    • "This is achieved through an induced fit mechanism where the Arg 214 residue is displaced by inhibitor 4, creating a larger, more accommodating substrate pocket, illustrating the importance of protein dynamics [46]. While MMP-7 also exhibits a smaller pocket due to occlusion by the analogous Tyr 214 , an induced fit conformational change has not been observed for MMP-7 due to its shorter specificity loop creating a more rigid S1' pocket [31] [43]. Intermediate S1' pockets are observed in MMP-8 as well as in the gelatinases MMP-2 and -9. "
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