Computational analysis of plasmepsin IV bound to an allophenylnorstatine inhibitor
2006 (English)In: FEBS Letters, ISSN 0014-5793, E-ISSN 1873-3468, Vol. 580, no 25, 5910-5916 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The plasmepsin proteases from the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum are attracting attention as putative drug targets. A recently published crystal structure of Plasmodium malariae plasmepsin IV bound to an allophenylnorstatine inhibitor [Clemente, J.C. et al. (2006) Acta Crystallogr. D 62, 246252] provides the first structural insights regarding interactions of this family of inhibitors with plasmepsins. The compounds in this class are potent inhibitors of HIV-1 protease, but also show nM binding affinities towards plasmepsin IV. Here, we utilize automated docking, molecular dynamics and binding free energy calculations with the linear interaction energy LIE method to investigate the binding of allophenylnorstatine inhibitors to plasmepsin IV from two different species. The calculations yield excellent agreement with experimental binding data and provide new information regarding protonation states of active site residues as well as conformational properties of the inhibitor complexes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 580, no 25, 5910-5916 p.
malaria, plasmepsin, enzyme inhibitors, linear interaction energy method
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-96523DOI: 10.1016/j.febslet.2006.09.057ISI: 000241707100018PubMedID: 17045991OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-96523DiVA: diva2:171125