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- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: An N-sulfanylethylanilide-based traceable linker, developed to facilitate identification of target proteins of bioactive compounds, was introduced into an alkynylated target protein. Subsequent adsorption onto streptavidin beads allowed it to be treated with a cysteine-fluorophore conjugate in the presence of phosphate. This induced the N-S acyl transfer reaction of the N-sulfanylethylanilide unit. The subsequent native chemical ligation of the fluorophore resulted in cleavage of the linker for target elution and fluorescence labelling of the target, allowing it to be distinguished from non-target proteins.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A new synthetic method has been developed to prepare peptides bearing a C-terminal N-alkylamide from peptide thioacids via a radical-initiated dethiocarboxylation process. This method enables the introduction of various alkyl groups to C-terminal amides simply by replacing the amino acid building block. Its application to the preparation of anti-cancer drug ABT-510 is also reported.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: GM2 gangliosidoses, including Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases, are neurodegenerative lysosomal storage diseases that are caused by deficiency of β-hexosaminidase A, which comprises an αβ heterodimer. There are no effective treatments for these diseases; however, various strategies aimed at restoring β-hexosaminidase A have been explored. Here, we produced a modified human hexosaminidase subunit β (HexB), which we have termed mod2B, composed of homodimeric β subunits that contain amino acid sequences from the α subunit that confer GM2 ganglioside-degrading activity and protease resistance. We also developed fluorescent probes that allow visualization of endocytosis of mod2B via mannose 6-phosphate receptors and delivery of mod2B to lysosomes in GM2 gangliosidosis models. In addition, we applied imaging mass spectrometry to monitor efficacy of this approach in Sandhoff disease model mice. Following i.c.v. administration, mod2B was widely distributed and reduced accumulation of GM2, asialo-GM2, and bis(monoacylglycero)phosphate in brain regions including the hypothalamus, hippocampus, and cerebellum. Moreover, mod2B administration markedly improved motor dysfunction and a prolonged lifespan in Sandhoff disease mice. Together, the results of our study indicate that mod2B has potential for intracerebrospinal fluid enzyme replacement therapy and should be further explored as a gene therapy for GM2 gangliosidoses.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The first step of cell membrane penetration of arginine peptides is thought to occur via electrostatic interactions between positive charges of arginine residues and negative charges of sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) on the cell surface. However, the molecular interaction of arginine peptides with GAG still remains unclear. Here, we compared the interactions of several arginine peptides of Tat, R8, and Rev. and their analogues with heparin in relation to the cell membrane penetration efficiency. The high-affinity binding of arginine peptides to heparin were shown to be driven by large favorable enthalpy contributions, possibly reflecting multidentate hydrogen bondings of arginine residues with sulfate groups of heparin. Interestingly, the lysine peptides in which all arginine residues are substituted with lysine residues exhibited negligible binding enthalpy despite of their considerable binding to heparin. In CHO-K1 cells, arginine peptides exhibited a great cell-penetrating ability whereas their corresponding lysine peptides did not penetrate into cells. The degree of cell penetration of arginine peptides markedly decreased by the chlorate treatment of cells which prevents the sulfation of GAG chains. Significantly, the cell penetration efficiency of arginine peptides was found to be correlated with the favorable enthalpy of binding to heparin. These results suggest that the enthalpy-driven strong interaction with sulfated GAGs such as heparan sulfate plays a critical role in the efficient cell membrane penetration of arginine peptides.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nanodiscs are composed of scaffold protein or peptide such as apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) and phospholipids. Although peptide-based nanodiscs have an advantage to modulate the size of nanodiscs by changing phospholipid/peptide ratios, they are usually less stable than apoA-I-based nanodiscs. In this study, we designed a novel nanodisc scaffold peptide (NSP) that has proline-punctuated bihelical amphipathic structure based on apoA-I mimetic peptides. NSP formed α-helical structure on 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl phosphatidylcholine (POPC) nanodiscs prepared by cholate dialysis method. Dynamic light scattering measurements demonstrated that diameters of NSP nanodiscs vary depending upon POPC/NSP ratios. Comparison of thermal unfolding of nanodiscs monitored by circular dichroism measurements demonstrated that NSP forms much more stable nanodiscs with POPC than monohelical peptide, 4F, exhibiting comparable stability to apoA-I-POPC nanodiscs. Intrinsic Trp fluorescence measurements showed that Trp residues of NSP exhibit more hydrophobic environment than that of 4 F on nanodiscs, suggesting the stronger interaction of NSP with phospholipids. Thus, the bihelical structure of NSP appears to increase the stability of nanodiscs because of the enhanced interaction of peptides with phospholipids. In addition, NSP as well as 4F spontaneously solubilized POPC vesicles into nanodiscs without using detergent. These results indicate that bihelical NSP forms nanodiscs with comparable stability to apoA-I and has an ability to control the size of nanodiscs simply by changing phospholipid/peptide ratios. Copyright © 2016 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A practical and efficient methodology for the chemical synthesis of peptides/proteins using a one-pot/sequential ligation is described. It features the use of photocleavable S-protection on an N-sulfanylethylaniline moiety. Removal of the S-protecting ligated materials under UV irradiation provides a readily usable mixture for subsequent native chemical ligation.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Inhibition of lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1), a flavin-dependent histone demethylase, has recently emerged as a new strategy for treating cancer and other diseases. LSD1 interacts physically with SNAIL1, a member of the SNAIL/SCRATCH family of transcription factors. This study describes the discovery of SNAIL1 peptide-based inactivators of LSD1. We designed and prepared SNAIL1 peptides bearing a propargyl amine, hydrazine, or phenylcyclopropane moiety. Among them, peptide 3 bearing hydrazine displayed the most potent LSD1-inhibitory activity in enzyme assays. Kinetic study and mass spectrometric analysis indicated that peptide 3 is a mechanism-based LSD1 inhibitor. Furthermore, peptides 37 and 38, which consist of cell-membrane-permeable oligoarginine conjugated with peptide 3, induced a dose-dependent increase of dimethylated Lys4 of histone H3 in HeLa cells, suggesting that they are likely to exhibit LSD1-inhibitory activity intracellularly. In addition, peptide 37 decreased the viability of HeLa cells. We believe this new approach for targeting LSD1 provides a basis for development of potent selective inhibitors and biological probes for LSD1.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A photo-responsive amide cleavage device was developed based on the asparagine imidation-mediated cleavage of peptide bonds during intein-mediated protein splicing. The chemical environment of the protein splicing process was mimicked by the incorporation of geminal dimethyl groups and a secondary amine unit in asparagine scaffold. Furthermore, the resulting photo-responsive device could induce the photo-triggered cleavage of an amide bond by the protection of the secondary amine unit with an o-nitrobenzyloxycarbonyl group.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A facile procedure has been developed for the synthesis of C-terminal peptide thioacids under mild conditions. A series of N-sulfanylethylanilide peptides prepared using Fmoc-based solid-phase peptide synthesis were successfully converted to the corresponding thioacids via a hydrothiolysis reaction in a phosphate buffer with only trace epimerization of the C-terminal amino acid.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Vital roles of peptide/protein thioesters in protein chemistry, including chemical or semi synthesis of proteins, have encouraged studies on the development of methods for the preparation of such chemical units. Biochemical protocols using intein or sortase have proved to be useful in protein chemistry as methods suitable for naturally occurring sequences, including recombinant proteins. Although chemical protocols are potential options for thioester preparation, only a few are applicable to naturally occurring sequences, because standard chemical protocols require an artificial chemical device for producing thioesters. In this context, the chemical preparation of thioesters based on a reaction sequence consisting of regioselective S-cyanylation and hydrazinolysis was investigated. Regioselective S-cyanylation, which is required for cysteine-containing thioesters, was achieved with the aid of zinc-complex formation of a CCHH-type zinc-finger sequence. Free cysteine residues that are not involved in complex formation were selectively protected with a 6-nitroveratryl group followed by S-cyanylation of the zinc-binding cysteine. Hydrazinolysis of the resulting S-cyanopeptide and subsequent photo-removal of the 6-nitroveratryl group yielded the desired peptide hydrazide, which was then converted to the corresponding thioester. The generated thioester was successfully used in N-to-C-directed one-pot/sequential native chemical ligation using an N-sulfanylethylanilide peptide to give a 64-residue peptide toxin. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The N-terminal amino acids 1-83 fragment of apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) has a strong propensity to form amyloid fibrils at physiological neutral pH. Since apoA-I has an ability to bind to lipid membranes, we examined the effects of lipid environment on the fibril-forming properties of the N-terminal fragment of apoA-I variants. Thioflavin T fluorescence assay as well as fluorescence and transmission microscopies revealed that upon lipid binding, fibril formation by apoA-I 1-83 is strongly inhibited whereas the G26R mutant still retains the ability to form fibrils. Such distinct effects of lipid binding on the fibril formation were also observed for the amyloidogenic prone region-containing peptides, apoA-I 8-33 and 8-33/G26R. This amyloidogenic region shifts from random coil to α-helical structure upon lipid binding. The G26R mutation appears to prevent this helix transition because lower helical propensity and more solvent-exposed conformation of the G26R variant upon lipid binding were observed in apoA-I 1-83 fragment and 8-33 peptide. With a partially α-helical conformation induced by the presence of 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol, fibril formation by apoA-I 1-83 was strongly inhibited whereas the G26R variant can form amyloid fibrils. These findings suggest a new possible pathway for amyloid fibril formation by the N-terminal fragment of apoA-I variants: the amyloidogenic mutations partially destabilize α-helical structure formed upon association with lipid membranes, resulting in physiologically relevant conformations that allow fibril formation. Copyright © 2015, The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: CXCL14 is a CXC-type chemokine that exhibits chemotactic activity for immature dendritic cells, activated macrophages, and activated natural killer cells. However, its specific receptor and signaling pathway remain obscure. Recently, it was reported that CXCL14 binds to CXCR4 with high affinity and inhibits CXCL12-mediated chemotaxis. Furthermore, the CXCL14 C-terminal α-helical region is important for binding to its receptor. In this context, we chemically synthesized CXCL14 and its derivative with a one-pot method using N-sulfanylethylanilide peptide as a thioester equivalent. The synthetic CXCL14 proteins possessed inhibitory activities to CXCL12-mediated chemotaxis comparable with that of recombinant CXCL14. Moreover, we proved that chemically biotinylated CXCL14 binds to CXCR4 on cells by flow cytometry analysis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Oxidative stress-responsive compounds are attracting significant attention in the field of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. Here, we disclose the development of a hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-responsive amino acid that induces peptide bond cleavage in the presence of H2O2 that closely relates to the oxidative stress. The H2O2-responsive amino acid possessing a boronate or boronic acid moiety was incorporated into a peptide using Fmoc-based solid-phase peptide synthesis or that with minor modification, respectively, and the peptide bond cleavage of the obtained peptide was successfully triggered by the addition of H2O2.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A safe, facile and low‐leaching (up to 0.04 ppm) method has been developed for the removal of allyl, prenyl and benzyl protecting groups from the corresponding esters, using a sulfur‐modified gold‐supported palladium (SAPd) nanoparticle catalyst, which is known to be non‐flammable. The catalyst itself was found to be recyclable and the reaction appeared to proceed on the surface of the SAPd.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A method to photo-chemically trigger fluorescent labelling of proteins in live cells is developed. The approach is based on photo-caged split-intein mediated conditional protein trans-splicing reaction and enabled background-free fluorescent labelling of target proteins with the necessary spatiotemporal control.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We describe a novel peptide ligation/desulfurization strategy using β-mercapto-N-glycosylated asparagine derivative. The newly developed procedure is successfully applied to total chemical synthesis of GM2 ganglioside activator protein bearing a monosaccharide on the native glycosylation site.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A new approach has been developed for the synthesis of lactam-bridged cyclic peptides. Following the introduction of N-allyl glutamine and α-allylglycine into the peptide backbone, the side chains of these residues were subjected to a cyclization reaction by ring-closing metathesis (RCM). Reduction of the resulting peptide bearing olefin moiety was achieved using diimide, which was generated in situ from o-nitrobenzenesulfonyl hydrazine and piperidine, gave the corresponding saturated cyclic peptides.
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- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Peptide thioesters are very useful in protein chemistry, and chemistry- and biochemistry-based protocols are used for the preparation of thioesters. Among such protocols, only a few biochemistry-based approaches have been use for naturally occurring peptide sequences. The development of chemistry-based protocols applicable to natural sequences remains a challenge, and the development of such methods would be a major contribution to protein science. Here, we describe the preparation of peptide thioesters using innovative methodology that features nickel(II)-mediated alcoholysis of a naturally occurring peptide sequence, followed by O−N and N−S acyl transfers. This protocol involves sequential quadruple acyl transfer, termed SQAT. Notably, the SQAT system consists of sequential chemical reactions that allow naturally occurring peptide sequences to be converted to thioesters without requiring an artificial chemical unit.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Spatiotemporal control of peptide nanofibre growth was achieved by photocleavage of a DNA-conjugated β-sheet forming peptide that is linked through a photoresponsive amino acid residue. Peptide nanofibres were selectively formed by photocleaving the conjugate on complementary DNA-immobilised glass substrate.
Kioto, Kyōto, Japan
- Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of Tokushima
Tokusima, Tokushima, Japan
- Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kyoto Pharmaceutical UniversityKioto, Kyōto, Japan
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD, United States
- Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology
Keio UniversityEdo, Tokyo, Japan
Clinton, NY, United States
- Department of Biology