Structural and enzyme activity studies demonstrate that aryl substituted 2,3-butadienamine analogs inactivate Arthrobacter globiformis amine oxidase (AGAO) by chemical derivatization of the 2,4,5-trihydroxyphenylalanine quinone (TPQ) cofactor

Karin Ernberg, Bo Zhong, Kristin Ko, Larry Miller, Yen Hoang Le Nguyen, Lawrence M. Sayre, J. Mitchell Guss, Irene Lee

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Copper amine oxidases (CAOs) are a family of redox active enzymes containing a 2,4,5-trihydroxyphenylalanine quinone (TPQ) cofactor generated from post translational modification of an active site tyrosine residue. The Arthrobacter globiformis amine oxidase (AGAO) has been widely used as a model to guide the design and development of selective inhibitors of CAOs. In this study, two aryl 2,3-butadienamine analogs, racemic 5-phenoxy-2,3- pentadienylamine (POPDA) and racemic 6-phenyl-2,3-hexadienylamine (PHDA), were synthesized and evaluated as mechanism-based inactivators of AGAO. Crystal structures show that both compounds form a covalent adduct with the amino group of the substrate-reduced TPQ, and that the chemical structures of the rac-PHDA and rac-POPDA modified TPQ differ by the allenic carbon that is attached to the cofactor. A chemical mechanism accounting for the formation of the respective TPQ derivative is proposed. Under steady-state conditions, no recovery of enzyme activity is detected when AGAO pre-treated with rac-PHDA or rac-POPDA is diluted with excess amount of the benzylamine substrate (100-fold K m). Comparing the IC50 values further reveals that the phenoxy substituent in POPDA offers an approximately 4-fold increase in inhibition potency, which can be attributed to a favourable binding interaction between the oxygen atom in the phenoxy group and the active site of AGAO as revealed by crystallographic studies. This hypothesis is corroborated by the observed > 3-fold higher partition ratio of PHDA compared to POPDA. Taken together, the results presented in this study reveal the mechanism by which aryl 2,3-butadienamines act as mechanism-based inhibitors of AGAO, and the potency of enzyme inactivation could be fine-tuned by optimizing binding interaction between the aryl substituent and the enzyme active site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-646
Number of pages9
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Proteins and Proteomics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


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