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Journal of medicinal chemistry

The crystal structure of a complex of acetylcholinesterase with a bis-(-)-nor-meptazinol derivative reveals disruption of the catalytic triad.


PMID 19326912

Abstract

A bis-(-)-nor-meptazinol derivative in which the two meptazinol rings are linked by a nonamethylene spacer is a novel acetylcholinesterase inhibitor that inhibits both catalytic activity and Abeta peptide aggregation. The crystal structure of its complex with Torpedo californica acetylcholinesterase was determined to 2.7 A resolution. The ligand spans the active-site gorge, with one nor-meptazinol moiety bound at the "anionic" subsite of the active site, disrupting the catalytic triad by forming a hydrogen bond with His440N(epsilon2), which is hydrogen-bonded to Ser200O(gamma) in the native enzyme. The second nor-meptazinol binds at the peripheral "anionic" site at the gorge entrance. A number of GOLD models of the complex, using both native TcAChE and the protein template from the crystal structure of the bis-(-)-nor-meptazinol/TcAChE complex, bear higher similarity to the X-ray structure than a previous model obtained using the mouse enzyme structure. These findings may facilitate rational design of new meptazinol-based acetylcholinesterase inhibitors.

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