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Inhibition of yeast inositol phosphorylceramide synthase by aureobasidin A measured by a fluorometric assay.


PMID 10606729

Abstract

Inositol phosphorylceramide synthase (IPC synthase) is an essential and unique enzyme in fungal sphingolipid biosynthesis and is the target of the cyclic nonadepsipeptide antibiotic aureobasidin A. As a first step towards understanding the mechanism of aureobasidin A inhibition, we developed a fluorometric HPLC assay for IPC synthase using the Saccharomyces cerevisiae enzyme and the fluorescent substrate analog 6-[N-(7-nitro-2,1, 3-benzoxadiazol-4-yl)amino]-hexanoyl ceramide (C(6)-NBD-cer). The kinetic parameters for C(6)-NBD-cer were comparable to those for the synthetic substrate N-acetylsphinganine used previously. Aureobasidin A acted as a tight-binding, non-competitive inhibitor with respect to C(6)-NBD-cer and had a K(i) of 0.55 nM.

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