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Tractable synthesis of multipurpose screening compounds with under-represented molecular features for an open access screening platform
Wilde(*), F., Specker, E., Neuenschwander, M., Nazare, M., Bodtke(*), A.; Link(*), A.
Mol Divers, 18:483-495

Tags: Medicinal Chemistry (Nazare), Screening Unit (von Kries)

Abstract: The layout of multipurpose screening libraries must address criteria for the compounds such as novelty, diversity potential, innovative design, and last but not least synthetic tractability. While academic compound collections are often innovative, novel, and highly divers, synthesis of analogs or larger substance quantities is often hampered by complex multistep syntheses with low overall yields. In addition, covalently binding compounds and interaction motifs designed to bind metal ions were discriminated against by the paradigm that these interaction types must almost inevitably lead to toxic effects. We would like to challenge this hypothesis. The lack of such interactions could be a reason for frequent failure in the disclosure of hits for hitherto undruggable target proteins using commercially available screening collections. Thus, easily synthesizable screening candidates equipped to bind covalently to nucleophiles or to metalloenzymes by chelation are under-represented in public access screening libraries. Within this work, we present the synthesis and deposition of 88 compounds with five distinct functional classes, each of which features under-represented screening motifs, for example, metal ion complexation, reversible covalent binding, or halogen bonding. The collection includes acetohydrazides, acylhydrazones, propylene glycol ethers, 2-cyanoacetamides, and 2-cyanoacrylamides. The rational for the synthesis of most of the compounds was recently published by our group and is now supplemented by additional compounds reported here for the first time. The public access disposition enables academic research groups to collectively expand the druggable space and interdisciplinary collaborate within the scientific field.

Stereoselective Synthesis of Tricyclic Diproline Analogues that Mimic a PPII Helix: Structural Consequences of Ring-Size Variation
Soicke(*), A., Reuter(*), C., Winter(*), M., Neudörfl(*), J. M., Schlorer(*), N., Kühne, R.; Schmalz(*), H. G.
Eur J Org Chem, :6467-6480

Tags: Computational Chemistry and Protein Design (Kühne)

Abstract: Polycyclic proline-derived scaffolds (ProMs) have recently demonstrated their value as conformationally defined dipeptide analogs for the modular construction of secondary structure mimetics, specifically interfering with PPII helix-mediated protein-protein interactions. We disclose the stereoselective synthesis of two new tricyclic amino acid scaffolds (ProM-4 and ProM-8) that differ from the first generation scaffold ProM-1 by the size of ring A. Conformational preferences and subtle structural differences of the three homologous scaffolds were analyzed by X-ray crystallography, computational calculations, and NMR spectroscopy. N-tert-butoxycarbonyl(Boc)-3-(1-propenyl) azetidine-2-carboxylic acid was prepared from L-aspartic acid through beta-lactam intermediates. The corresponding piperidine-based building block rac-N-Boc-3-vinylpipecolic acid was synthesized by Cu-catalyzed 1,4-addition of vinyl-MgBr to methyl N-Boc-2,3-dehydropipecolate. Target molecules were prepared through peptide coupling of the respective ring A building blocks with cis-5-vinylproline tert-butyl ester and subsequent ring-closing metathesis. Selective deprotection of a tert-butyl carbamate (N-Boc protecting group) in the presence of a tert-butyl ester was achieved with trifluoroacetic acid at 0 degrees C.

Stereoselective Synthesis of Proline- Derived Dipeptide Scaffolds ( ProM-3 and ProM-7) Rigidified in a PPII Helix Conformation
Reuter(*), C., Kleczka(*), M., de Mazancourt(*), S., Neudörfl(*), J. M., Kühne, R.; Schmalz(*), H. G.
Eur J Org Chem, 2014:2664-2667

Tags: Computational Chemistry and Protein Design (Kühne)

Abstract: Following a peptide coupling/metathesis-based strategy, the two diastereomeric scaffolds ProM-3 and ProM-7 were stereoselectively synthesized (as 9-fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl derivatives), and their configuration was unambiguously proven by means of X-ray crystallography. The required dehydroisoleucine building blocks were prepared by applying the enantioselective Kazmaier-Claisen rearrangement. The target compounds represent dipeptide analogs rigidified in a PPII helix conformation, which are of interest for the development of new proteomimetics that selectively bind to protein domains specialized in the recognition of ligands adopting a PPII helix secondary structure.

Low-power polarization transfer between deuterons and spin-1/2 nuclei using adiabatic (CP)-C-RESPIRATION in solid-state NMR
Jain(*), S. K., Nielsen(*), A. B., Hiller, M., Handel, L., Ernst(*), M., Oschkinat, H., Akbey, Ü.; Nielsen(*), N. C.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16:2827-2830

Tags: NMR-Supported Structural Biology (Oschkinat)

Abstract: Establishing high-resolution structures of biological macromolecules in heterogeneous environments by MAS solid-state NMR is an important challenge where development of advanced experimental procedures is in high demand. Promising new methods take advantage of samples with extensive H-2, C-13, and N-15 isotope labelling, effectively diluting 1H spins. In many cases, a sufficient amount of H-1 at exchangeable sites cannot be re-established during the purification procedure, hence it is necessary to exploit also the potential of H-2 as a starting point in pulse sequences, capitalizing on its short T-1 as compared to C-13, and to detect carbon or proton spins as appropriate. Here we present a new method that enables the required high-efficiency H-2, C-13, and N-15 polarization transfer to be accomplished under the limited H-2 rf power conditions using current H-1, H-2, C-13 and N-15 quadruple-resonance MAS NMR instrumentation.

Rapid proton-detected NMR assignment for proteins with fast magic angle spinning
Barbet-Massin(*), E., Pell(*), A. J., Retel, J. S., Andreas(*), L. B., Jaudzems(*), K., Franks, W. T., Nieuwkoop, A. J., Hiller, M., Higman(*), V., Guerry(*), P., Bertarello(*), A., Knight(*), M. J., Felletti(*), M., Le Marchand(*), T., Kotelovica(*), S., Akopjana(*), I., Tars(*), K., Stoppini(*), M., Bellotti(*), V., Bolognesi(*), M., Ricagno(*), S., Chou(*), J. J., Griffin(*), R. G., Oschkinat, H., Lesage(*), A., Emsley(*), L., Herrmann(*), T.; Pintacuda(*), G.
J Am Chem Soc, 136:12489-12497

Tags: NMR-Supported Structural Biology (Oschkinat)

Abstract: Using a set of six (1)H-detected triple-resonance NMR experiments, we establish a method for sequence-specific backbone resonance assignment of magic angle spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of 5-30 kDa proteins. The approach relies on perdeuteration, amide (2)H/(1)H exchange, high magnetic fields, and high-spinning frequencies (omegar/2pi >/= 60 kHz) and yields high-quality NMR data, enabling the use of automated analysis. The method is validated with five examples of proteins in different condensed states, including two microcrystalline proteins, a sedimented virus capsid, and two membrane-embedded systems. In comparison to contemporary (13)C/(15)N-based methods, this approach facilitates and accelerates the MAS NMR assignment process, shortening the spectral acquisition times and enabling the use of unsupervised state-of-the-art computational data analysis protocols originally developed for solution NMR.

Quadruple-resonance magic-angle spinning NMR spectroscopy of deuterated solid proteins
Akbey, Ü., Nieuwkoop, A. J., Wegner, S., Voreck, A., Kunert, B., Bandara, P., Engelke, F., Nielsen, N. C.; Oschkinat, H.
Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 53:2438-2442

Tags: NMR-Supported Structural Biology (Oschkinat)

Abstract: (1)H-detected magic-angle spinning NMR experiments facilitate structural biology of solid proteins, which requires using deuterated proteins. However, often amide protons cannot be back-exchanged sufficiently, because of a possible lack of solvent exposure. For such systems, using (2)H excitation instead of (1)H excitation can be beneficial because of the larger abundance and shorter longitudinal relaxation time, T1, of deuterium. A new structure determination approach, "quadruple-resonance NMR spectroscopy", is presented which relies on an efficient (2)H-excitation and (2)H-(13)C cross-polarization (CP) step, combined with (1)H detection. We show that by using (2)H-excited experiments better sensitivity is possible on an SH3 sample recrystallized from 30 % H2O. For a membrane protein, the ABC transporter ArtMP in native lipid bilayers, different sets of signals can be observed from different initial polarization pathways, which can be evaluated further to extract structural properties.

The cell surface proteome of Entamoeba histolytica
Biller(*), L., Matthiesen(*), J., Kühne(*), V., Lotter(*), H., Handal(*), G., Nozaki(*), T., Saito-Nakano(*), Y., Schümann, M., Roeder(*), T., Tannich(*), E., Krause, E.; Bruchhaus(*), I.
Mol Cell Proteomics, 13:132-144

Tags: Mass Spectrometry (Krause, E.)

Abstract: Surface molecules are of major importance for host-parasite interactions. During Entamoeba histolytica infections, these interactions are predicted to be of prime importance for tissue invasion, induction of colitis and liver abscess formation. To date, however, little is known about the molecules involved in these processes, with only about 20 proteins or protein families found exposed on the E. histolytica surface. We have therefore analyzed the complete surface proteome of E. histolytica. Using cell surface biotinylation and mass spectrometry, 693 putative surface-associated proteins were identified. In silico analysis predicted that approximately 26% of these proteins are membrane-associated, as they contain transmembrane domains and/or signal sequences, as well as sites of palmitoylation, myristoylation, or prenylation. An additional 25% of the identified proteins likely represent nonclassical secreted proteins. Surprisingly, no membrane-association sites could be predicted for the remaining 49% of the identified proteins. To verify surface localization, 23 proteins were randomly selected and analyzed by immunofluorescence microscopy. Of these 23 proteins, 20 (87%) showed definite surface localization. These findings indicate that a far greater number of E. histolytica proteins than previously supposed are surface-associated, a phenomenon that may be based on the high membrane turnover of E. histolytica.

N-[6-(4-butanoyl-5-methyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)pyridazin-3-yl]-5-chloro-1-[2-(4-methyl piperazin-1-yl)-2-oxoethyl]-1H-indole-3-carboxamide (SAR216471), a novel intravenous and oral, reversible, and directly acting P2Y12 antagonist
Boldron(*), C., Besse(*), A., Bordes(*), M. F., Tissandie(*), S., Yvon(*), X., Gau(*), B., Badorc(*), A., Rousseaux(*), T., Barre(*), G., Meneyrol(*), J., Zech(*), G., Nazare, M., Fossey(*), V., Pflieger(*), A. M., Bonnet-Lignon(*), S., Millet(*), L., Briot(*), C., Dol(*), F., Herault(*), J. P., Savi(*), P., Lassalle(*), G., Delesque(*), N., Herbert(*), J. M.; Bono(*), F.
Journal of medicinal chemistry, 57:7293-7316

Tags: Medicinal Chemistry (Nazare)

Abstract: In the search of a potential backup for clopidogrel, we have initiated a HTS campaign designed to identify novel reversible P2Y12 antagonists. Starting from a hit with low micromolar binding activity, we report here the main steps of the optimization process leading to the identification of the preclinical candidate SAR216471. It is a potent, highly selective, and reversible P2Y12 receptor antagonist and by far the most potent inhibitor of ADP-induced platelet aggregation among the P2Y12 antagonists described in the literature. SAR216471 displays potent in vivo antiplatelet and antithrombotic activities and has the potential to differentiate from other antiplatelet agents.

Non-stoichiometric O-acetylation of Shigella flexneri 2a O-specific polysaccharide: synthesis and antigenicity
Gauthier(*), C., Chassagne(*), P., Theillet, F. X., Guerreiro(*), C., Thouron(*), F., Nato(*), F., Delepierre(*), M., Sansonetti(*), P. J., Phalipon(*), A.; Mulard(*), L. A.
Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 12:4218-4232

Tags: In-Cell NMR (Selenko)

Abstract: Synthetic functional mimics of the O-antigen from Shigella flexneri 2a are seen as promising vaccine components against endemic shigellosis. Herein, the influence of the polysaccharide non-stoichiometric di-O-acetylation on antigenicity is addressed for the first time. Three decasaccharides, representing relevant internal mono-and di-O-acetylation profiles of the O-antigen, were synthesized from a pivotal protected decasaccharide designed to tailor late stage site-selective O-acetylation. The latter was obtained via a convergent route involving the imidate glycosylation chemistry. Binding studies to five protective mIgGs showed that none of the acetates adds significantly to broad antibody recognition. Yet, one of the five antibodies had a unique pattern of binding. With IC50 in the micromolar to submicromolar range mIgG F22-4 exemplifies a remarkable tight binding antibody against diversely O-acetylated and non-O-acetylated fragments of a neutral polysaccharide of medical importance.

Disrupting MLC1 and GlialCAM and ClC-2 interactions in leukodystrophy entails glial chloride channel dysfunction
Hoegg-Beiler, M. B., Sirisi(*), S., Orozco, I. J., Ferrer(*), I., Hohensee, S., Auberson, M., Gödde, K., Vilches(*), C., de Heredia(*), M. L., Nunes(*), V., Estevez(*), R.; Jentsch, T. J.
Nat Commun, 5:3475

Tags: Physiology and Pathology of Ion Transport (Jentsch)

Abstract: Defects in the astrocytic membrane protein MLC1, the adhesion molecule GlialCAM or the chloride channel ClC-2 underlie human leukoencephalopathies. Whereas GlialCAM binds ClC-2 and MLC1, and modifies ClC-2 currents in vitro, no functional connections between MLC1 and ClC-2 are known. Here we investigate this by generating loss-of-function Glialcam and Mlc1 mouse models manifesting myelin vacuolization. We find that ClC-2 is unnecessary for MLC1 and GlialCAM localization in brain, whereas GlialCAM is important for targeting MLC1 and ClC-2 to specialized glial domains in vivo and for modifying ClC-2's biophysical properties specifically in oligodendrocytes (OLs), the cells chiefly affected by vacuolization. Unexpectedly, MLC1 is crucial for proper localization of GlialCAM and ClC-2, and for changing ClC-2 currents. Our data unmask an unforeseen functional relationship between MLC1 and ClC-2 in vivo, which is probably mediated by GlialCAM, and suggest that ClC-2 participates in the pathogenesis of megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts.

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