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Natural products as inhibitors of Leishmania major dihydroorotate dehydrogenase

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Chibli, Lucas A. [1] ; Schmidt, Thomas J. [2] ; Cristina Nonato, M. [3] ; Calil, Felipe A. [3] ; Da Costa, Fernando B. [1]
Número total de Autores: 5
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, AsterBioChem Res Team, Sch Pharmaceut Sci Ribeirao Preto, Ave Cafe S-N, BR-14040903 Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Munster, IPBP, PharmaCampus, Corrensstr 48, D-48149 Munster - Germany
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Lab Prot Crystallog, Sch Pharmaceut Sci Ribeirao Preto, Ave Cafe S-N, BR-14040903 Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 3
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY; v. 157, p. 852-866, SEP 5 2018.
Citações Web of Science: 4

The flavoenzyme dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) catalyzes the fourth reaction of the de novo pyrimidine biosynthetic pathway, which exerts vital functions in the cells, especially within DNA and RNA biosynthesis. Thus, this enzyme stands out as a new key molecular target for parasites causing Neglected Diseases (NDs). Focused on contributing to the development of new therapeutic alternatives for NDs, in this study, for the first time, a screening of 57 natural products for in vitro inhibition of Leishmania major DHODH (LmDHODH) was carried out, including cross validation against the human DHODH (HsDHODH). A subset of natural products consisting of 21 sesquiterpene lactones (STLs) was submitted to QSAR studies. Additionally, thermostability studies by differential scanning fluorimetry (DSF) were performed to determine whether the STLs are effectively or not binding to the enzyme. The IC50 values against LmDHODH varied from 27 to 1200 mu M; only irrelevant inhibition was obtained on HsDHODH. DSF assays confirmed binding of STLs to LmDHODH; moreover, it is suggested that such inhibitors might act in a different site other than the active site. A reliable QSAR model based on molecular descriptors was obtained (R-2: 0.83; Q(2)cv: 0.69 and Q(2)ExT/F2: 0.66) indicating that stronger inhibition requires a balanced distribution of the hydrophobic regions across the molecular surface, as well as higher width and lower hydrophobicity of the molecules. A pharmacophore-based 3D-QSAR approach also afforded a useful model (R-2: 0.72; Q(2)cv: 0.50 and Q(2)ExT/F2: 0.62), which confirmed the importance of proper orientation of the ligands, molecular surface features and shape for stronger inhibition, reflecting properties of a putative common binding site. These data indicated for the first time that natural products can actually inhibit LmDHODH and highlighted some metabolites as potentially interesting starting points for the discovery of more potent LmDHODH inhibitors, ultimately aiming at new effective therapeutic alternatives for leishmaniasis and, possibly, other NDs caused by trypanosomatids. (C) 2018 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 14/01443-6 - Triagem de inibidores das enzimas DHODHs de tripanossomatídeos em Asteraceae empregando metabolômica aliada a métodos in silico
Beneficiário:Lucas Apolinário Chibli
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Doutorado
Processo FAPESP: 14/26866-7 - Metabolômica, alvos enzimáticos e ferramentas in silico na busca por substâncias bioativas de plantas
Beneficiário:Fernando Batista da Costa
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular
Processo FAPESP: 16/18579-3 - Ferramentas de quimioinformática aplicadas à triagem de inibidores da enzima DHODH de Leishmania major
Beneficiário:Lucas Apolinário Chibli
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Exterior - Estágio de Pesquisa - Doutorado
Processo FAPESP: 15/25099-5 - Reposicionamento de fármacos antimaláricos no tratamento da esquistossomose baseado na inibição seletiva da enzima diidroorotato desidrogenase
Beneficiário:Felipe Antunes Calil
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Doutorado