[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Lysine acetyltransferase 8 (KAT8) is a histone acetyltransferase (HAT) responsible for acetylating lysine 16 on histone H4 (H4K16) and plays a role in cell cycle progression as well as acetylation of the tumor suppressor protein p53. Further studies on its biological function and drug discovery initiatives will benefit from the development of small molecule inhibitors for this enzyme. As a first step towards this aim we investigated the enzyme kinetics of this bi-substrate enzyme. The kinetic experiments indicate a ping-pong mechanism in which the enzyme binds Ac-CoA first, followed by binding of the histone substrate. This mechanism is supported by affinity measurements of both substrates using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). Using this information, the KAT8 inhibition of a focused compound collection around the non-selective HAT inhibitor anacardic acid has been investigated. Kinetic studies with anacardic acid were performed, based on which a model for the catalytic activity of KAT8 and the inhibitory action of anacardic acid (AA) was proposed. This enabled the calculation of the inhibition constant Ki of anacardic acid derivatives using an adaptation of the Cheng-Prusoff equation. The results described in this study give insight into the catalytic mechanism of KAT8 and present the first well-characterized small-molecule inhibitors for this HAT.
Full-text · Article · Oct 2015 · European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human 15-lipoxygenase-1 (h-15-LOX-1) is an important mammalian lipoxygenase and plays an important role in several inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma, COPD and chronic bronchitis. Novel potent inhibitors of h-15-LOX-1 are required to explore the role of this enzyme further and to enable drug discovery efforts. In this study, we applied an approach in which we screened a fragment collection that is focused on a diverse substitution pattern of nitrogen containing heterocycles such as indoles, quinolones, pyrazoles etc. We denoted this approach Substitution Oriented fragment Screening (SOS), because it is focuses on identification of novel substitution patterns rather than on novel scaffolds. This approach enabled the identification of hits with good potency and clear structure activity relationships (SAR) for h-1-5-LOX-1 inhibition. A molecular modeling enabled the rationalization of the observed SAR and supported structure-based design for further optimization to obtain inhibitor 14d that binds with a Ki of 36 nM to the enzyme. In vitro and ex vivo biological evaluations of our best inhibitor demonstrate significant increase of interleukin-10 (IL-10) gene expression, which indicates anti-inflammatory properties.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In a forward genetic screen in Drosophila melanogaster, aimed to identify genes required for normal locomotor function, we isolated dPPCS (the second enzyme of the Coenzyme A biosynthesis pathway). The entire Drosophila CoA synthesis route was dissected, annotated and additional CoA mutants were obtained (dPANK/fumble) or generated (dPPAT-DPCK). Drosophila CoA mutants suffer from neurodegeneration, altered lipid homeostasis and the larval brains display increased apoptosis. Also, de novo CoA biosynthesis is required to maintain DNA integrity during the development of the central nervous system. In humans, mutations in the PANK2 gene, the first enzyme in the CoA synthesis route, are associated with pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration. Currently, the pathogenesis of this neurodegenerative disease is poorly understood. We provide the first comprehensive analysis of the physiological implications of mutations in the entire CoA biosynthesis route in an animal model system. Surprisingly, our findings reveal a major role of this conserved pathway in maintaining DNA and cellular integrity, explaining how impaired CoA synthesis during CNS development can elicit a neurodegenerative phenotype.
Full-text · Article · Aug 2008 · Human Molecular Genetics