Structural basis for the design of antibiotics targeting peptide deformylase.Hao, B., Gong, W., Rajagopalan, P.T., Zhou, Y., Pei, D., Chan, M.K.
(1999) Biochemistry 38: 4712-4719
- PubMed: 10200158
- DOI: 10.1021/bi982594c
- Primary Citation of Related Structures:  1BSK
- PubMed Abstract:
- Crystal Structure of the Escherichia Coli Peptide Deformylase
Chan, M.K.,Gong, W.,Rajagopalan, P.T.,Hao, B.,Tsai, C.,Pei, D.
(1997) Biochemistry 36: 13904
While protein synthesis in bacteria begins with a formylated methionine, the formyl group of the nascent polypeptide is removed by peptide deformylase. Since eukaryotic protein synthesis does not involve formylation and deformylation at the N-terminu ...
While protein synthesis in bacteria begins with a formylated methionine, the formyl group of the nascent polypeptide is removed by peptide deformylase. Since eukaryotic protein synthesis does not involve formylation and deformylation at the N-terminus, there has been increasing interest in peptide deformylase as a potential target for antibacterial chemotherapy. Toward this end and to aid in the design of effective antibiotics targeting peptide deformylase, the structures of the protein-inhibitor complexes of both the cobalt and the zinc containing Escherichia coli peptide deformylase bound to the transition-state analogue, (S)-2-O-(H-phosphonoxy)-L-caproyl-L-leucyl-p-nitroanilide (PCLNA), have been determined. The proteins for both deformylase-inhibitor complexes show basically the same fold as for the native enzyme. The PCLNA inhibitor adopts an extended conformation and fits nicely into a hydrophobic cavity located near the metal site. On the basis of these structures, guidelines for the design of high-affinity deformylase inhibitors are suggested. As our results show that the protein residues which interact with the PCLNA inhibitor are conserved over a wide variety of species, we suggest that antibiotics targeting deformylase could have wide applicability.
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