1.0 ) The curative country: Cancer. In the UK malignant neoplastic disease is one of the three major causes of death.1 It costs the English economic system & A ; lb ; 18.33 billion yearly when health care costs, loss in productiveness, and the costs to patients and their households are taken into account.2 These costs are set to lift in the future.3 Cancer research takes 25 % of the UK Government ‘s medical scientific disciplines research budget.4 Cancers are typified by a dislocation in the cellular controls that regulate the cell rhythm ensuing in uncontrolled cell division to bring forth tumours.5
Tumour cells are characterised by their enhanced and grim patterned advance through the cell rhythm. This means the usual cellular procedures taking topographic point at a greater rate. This is what provides the marks for many malignant neoplastic disease drugs presently in usage leting their action on tumor cells over and above normal healthy cells. For illustration Pemetrexed ( folate-dependent enzymes ) , and Cytarabine ( purine/pyrimidine tract ) all inhibit enzymes that play a function in the metabolic pathways.6 Other indispensable procedures that are excessively enhanced in morbid cells make attractive marks. In this work we look at aiming the proteasome, a protein composite that plays an indispensable function in the ordinance of proteins at the post-translational degree and the remotion of damaged or mis-folded proteins.
1.1 ) Development of a new Proteasome inhibitor
The suppression of the proteasome is a validated curative mark in many cancers.7 Carcinoma cell lines show increased sensitiveness to apoptosis when the ubiquitin-proteasome system is inhibited.8 The proteasome is responsible for the controlled debasement of proteins in cells. Proteins that are damaged through heat daze or oxidative onslaught or merely mis-folded require remotion from the cytostol and devastation before they cause jobs. The peptidase interruption proteins down into shorter peptides of 4 or more aminic acids in length that can so be recycled or, as in the instance of certain written text factors, be activated through being little plenty to translocate. Protein devastation besides acts as a regulative tract as when a proteins map is no longer required it will be tagged for specific devastation. In the instance of the proteasome, proteins are labelled with the little molecule ubiquitin. This triggers farther ubiquitination to bring forth the polyubiquitin ticket that the proteasome recognises and brings the labeled protein into a place to undergo proteolysis. The other chief cellular tract to take unwanted or damaged proteins is that of lysosomal debasement. The lysosome contains many cysteine, aspartate and a Zn peptidase that are able to destruct proteins. The lysosome is characterised by its low internal pH, an environment that aids protein devastation.
1.1.1 ) Structure of the proteasome
The proteolytic procedure as carried out by the proteasome is a extremely controlled reaction with a series of stairss to guarantee that merely the intended proteins are broken down. A cardinal characteristic of the proteasome itself is its construction that represents a hollow barrel with the active sites being located good inside the cardinal core.9 Two outer rings act as Gatess that merely let unfolded proteins to come in the catalytic chamber and merely proteins exhibiting polyubiquitin tickets are bound and positioned to come in the construction. These specific polyubiquitin binding sites are found on the regulative caps ( the 19S fractional monetary units ) . These fractional monetary units consist of the ubiquitin binding nine-protein palpebra joined to a ten-protein base that in bend binds to the nucleus catalytic construction of the proteasome. The 19S fractional monetary unit contains isopeptidase activity that allows the remotion of the polyubiquitin ticket from the mark protein prior to its entryway to the catalytic core.10 This allows the recycling of the ubiquitin ticket.
The cardinal nucleus of the proteasome, the 20S unit, consists of four stacked protein rings of which the inner two contain three peptidase active sites. The 20S fractional monetary unit contains outer structural alpha fractional monetary units and interior catalytic beta units. The outer alpha structural units act as moorage spheres, recognizing the regulative 19S unit. The N-termini of these alpha units form a gate that blocks the entree to the catalytic nucleus significance that merely partly unfolded, de-ubiquitinated proteins can come in. Of the beta subunits merely the beta 1, 2 and 5 fractional monetary units show proteolytic activity and these show changing substrate specificity, runing from chymotrypsin-like, trypsin-like and caspase-like.11 Each of the three sites mimics those found in the single peptidases i.e. trypsin like agencies that the peptide is cut next to a basic residue, and chymotrypsin-like agencies it is cut following to a hydrophobic amino acid. The substrate specificity pocket that binds and places the substrates peptide bond for cutting dictates this.
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Figure 1.1 The x-ray crystal construction of the barm 20S fractional monetary unit of the proteasome ( PDB file ) .11 The protein is depicted in thread position demoing its barrel type form. The 19S regulative unit would sit on the top and underside of the barrel curtailing entryway to the active site that is located inside the nucleus.
1.1.2 ) The function of ATP
The cofactor ATP plays several cardinal regulative functions in the map of the peptidase. Substrates are unfolded in an ATP dependant procedure as the energy required is released through ATP hydrolysis. The exact procedure involves interactions with the 19S fractional monetary unit. The binding of the 19S to the 20S is dependent on the binding of ATP and this complexation of the two fractional monetary units in an ATP dependant mode acts as another control point in the activity of the proteasome. As the 19S regulative ATPase binds by the moorage of its C-terminus into specific sites on the top of the 20S unit this interaction opens the gate to the proteolytic nucleus.
1.1.3 ) Polyubiquitination
Polyubiquitination is a critical portion of the proteolytic procedure. The ubiquitin molecule is a little protein of 76 aminic acids in length. It is activated by adenylation and it is this activated molecule that is used to covalently modify a mark proteins lysine residue. A figure of enzymes are involved in the procedure ; a ubiquitin energizing enzyme, a ubiquitin conjugating enzyme and in conclusion the ubiquitin ligase that recognises the protein to be destroyed. The procedure is known as the ubiquitylation cascade. The ubiquitin energizing enzyme forms a ubiquityl-AMP composite and it is this modified protein that recognises specific protein spouses. The activated ubiquitin molecule is passed to the spouse conjugating enzyme via transthiolation. Whilst some ubiquitin conjugating enzymes are able to interact straight with their mark protein others form a complex with an arranger ligase. Polyubiquitination ( a lower limit of four ubiquitin molecules ) is required for the protein to be recognised by the 19S regulative atom of the palpebra.
1.1.4 ) Catalytic map of the Proteasome
The catalytic measure in proteolysis occurs via nucleophilic onslaught of the proteasome ‘s catalytic threonine residue ( Thr1 ) on the substrate ‘s peptide bond to bring forth short peptides.12 A lysine residue has been found to be important to activity as, being charged at physiological pH, it lowers the pKa of the anchor amino group of the threonine leting it to work as a proton acceptor. The hydroxyl O of the threonine attacks the electrophilic group of the peptide bond ( or inhibitor ) . A H2O molecule is necessary to intercede proton transportation between the hydroxyl O and the amino group of the threonine during substrate binding to bring forth the acyl-ester intermediate. Water is besides involved in the subsequent hydrolysis of the acyl-ester bond to renew the free threonine residue.
The peptidase has been progressively studied as a mark for anti-cancer therapies. Inhibition of the proteasome can ensue in cellular emphasis through protein sum accumulation13, endoplasmic reticulate emphasis and unfolded protein response. Of increasing involvement is the consequence of proteasome suppression on the degrees of other proteins that play important functions in the control and ordinance of the cell rhythm. Proteins such as the cyclins and their associated kinases are necessary regulators of the cell rhythm and, as such basically of import proteins, they are extremely controlled and regulated.
1.2 ) Cyclin Kinase Inhibitors ( CKIs )
One such household of regulative proteins are the cyclin kinase inhibitors. These of import proteins in the mitotic procedure have short lifetimes and this is ( in portion ) regulated station translationally by their proteasome mediated devastation.
1.2.1 ) p27 Tumour Suppressing Protein
The cyclin kinase inhibitor protein p27 has been identified as a cardinal protein in the patterned advance of malignant neoplastic disease cells. p27 has a tumor stamp downing map due to its suppression of specific cyclin-cyclin dependent kinase ( CDK ) complexes [ 20 ] . CDKs are merely functional when in complex with their spouse cyclin and these cyclin-CDK composites are indispensable for patterned advance through the cell rhythm. These composites carry out the phosphorylation ( and thereby ordinance ) of cardinal proteins appropriate for specific phases in the cell rhythm of a peculiar cell. As a cyclin kinase inhibitor p27 acts in the karyon of cells implementing the cell rhythm checkpoints through binding to specific cyclin-CDK composites. It has two of import maps ; the first is publicity of G1 patterned advance ( the spread stage after mitosis that allows cell growing ) .15 Its 2nd function is to suppress the map of cyclin E and cyclin A-bound CDK2 composites that prevents entry into S-phase. As a consequence p27 is influential in prolonging the G1 stage of cell growing and forestalling cell rhythm patterned advance from stage G1 to the S stage. Its continued action causes cell division to collar at this point.
In many human malignant neoplastic diseases the degrees of p27 is found to be reduced due to its proteolysis by the ubiquitin-proteasome tract. In about all tumours its look and/or maps are altered. In the normal cell the look degree of the p27 will find its activity. Growth factors and cytokines can excite or quash p27 expression16, and its devastation via the proteasome, controls its presence station translationally.17 A farther mechanism by which its activity is controlled is that of cellular location as its actions are directed on proteins found in the karyon. Many anti-cancer agents have been found to up modulate the look of p27.18 This up ordinance can happen at the transcriptional, translational or post-translational degree. Surveies utilizing prostatic malignant neoplastic disease cells have looked at little molecules that can increase the degrees of p27 in the cell nucleus.19 Compounds were identified as increasing the atomic degrees of p27 when dosed in the micomolar scope and induced G1 hold and stalled growth.19 p27 besides affects cell motility, a map that is regulated by its phosphorylation.20 This phosphorylation plays a function in the stableness of the protein, cut downing the proteins debasement.
The remotion of p27 is through the ubiquitin-proteasome tract. In this procedure p27 is phosphorylated and targeted by a protein called Skp2, a atomic F-box protein. The Skp2 forms a complex with SCF that functions as the ubiquitin ligase. This complex polyubiquitinates p27.21 Chemicals and proteins that interfere with either Skp2 or SCF or interrupt any of the protein interactions involved will hold an consequence on the degrees of p27 in the cell. For illustration, the tumor stamp downing protein tuberin binds straight to p27 and forestall its Skp2 mediated degradation.22 Rapamycin mediated decrease of Skp2 has been shown to do cell growing apprehension at the G1 checkpoint due to the care of intra-nuclear p27 levels.23 Phosphorylation of p27 by viruses consequences in p27 being targeted for destruction.24
As mentioned in above subdivision, the proteasome is influential in many apoptotic tracts. This is hence a validated anti-tumour mark as its suppression has been shown to be cardinal in pro-apoptotic alterations to the cell either through the accretion of tumor stamp downing proteins such as p27 that signal for cell decease, or via the accretion of toxic debris protein. As such the proteasome is progressively being used as a mark for chemotherapy agents.
To help the development of a new proteasome inhibitor, information sing current proteasome drugs were sought, in peculiar their manner of suppression and their interaction with the proteasome itself.
1.3 ) Current Proteasome Inhibitors
Probably the most widely used proteasome inhibitor in malignant neoplastic disease therapy regimes is bortezomib with odd activity in multiple myeloma25, stomachic cancer26 and hepatocellular carcinoma.27 Bortezomib was the first proteasome inhibitor to come in clinical tests and is a dipeptide boronic acid.28 Bortezomib inhibits the 20S proteasome in a clip and dose dependent manner.29 By its suppression of the proteasome it up regulates p27.30 Norvir has been shown to suppress the chymotrypsin-like activity of the proteasome.31 Various metal adhering compounds have besides been shown to suppress the proteasome.32 Bortezomib has been shown to be an effectual proteasome inhibitor, but it has been associated with a figure of inauspicious events in clinical trials33,34. It has been observed that some multiple myeloma cells have shown opposition to the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib.35
1.4 ) Development of a new Proteasome inhibitor
As the proteasome is turn outing to be an attractive and validated mark in malignant neoplastic disease therapy new inhibitors are being produced. These include the little molecule proteasome inhibitor SC68896 [ 49 ] . Other compounds are being identified and worked up in pre-clinical surveies with the purpose of placing efficacious and safe malignant neoplastic disease therapies. Lead compounds that can be developed into active drug campaigners are identified in screens of multiple compounds in cell based arrays that typically look for cell decease or suppression of growing.
1.5 ) The Argyrins
Cyclic peptides have besides been found to suppress the proteasome by a path that does non affect alteration of the active site threonine. For illustration, the inhibitor TMC-95 from Apiospora montagnei37, Argyrin A from the myxobacterium sp. and TP-110 from the Kitasatospora sp.38 was identified as a proteasome inhibitor with anti-tumour activities in a screen of natural products.39 Administration of argyrin A in pre-clinical theoretical accounts showed that it was able to suppress the proteasome in vivo and diminish tumour growing. It was shown to be every bit effectual in bortezomib immune cells and this led to mechanistic surveies that have shown argyrin to work through a tract affecting raised p27 levels.39
A big figure of secondary metabolites with fungicidal, antibacterial and anticancer activities have been derived from the dirt brooding gram negative bacteriums of the myxobacteria species. Argyrins are cyclic octa-peptides and have been found to be produced by members of the myxobacteria, Archangium gephyra and Cystobacter fuscus.40 Isolated from civilization stocks, the constructions of argyrins A to H have been elucidated. All of the argyrins have been shown to arouse antibiotic activity against species such as Psuedomonas and changing grades of growing suppression in mammalian cell lines.41 For illustration, argyrin B has been shown to be a powerful inhibitor of T cell independent antibody formation in murine B cells.
Figure 2 Structure of Argyrin A. The cyclic octa-peptide is made up units derived from the amino acids alanine, tryptophan and glycine. Structure taken from Stauch et al.42
Argyrin A is thought to exercise its tumor suppressing consequence through a mechanism that involves specific suppression of the proteasome. Gene look experiments indicated that the actions of argyrin A could be mimicked by familial knock-down of the proteasome 20S fractional monetary unit. Surveies utilizing mutant signifiers of p27 showed that its cyclin kinase inhibitor map is non involved as inactive signifiers produced a different cell pathology to argyrin treated cells. This is contrary to earlier ideas drawn from the thought that bortezomib increased the activity of p27 through forestalling its proteasome debasement. It is now speculated that the effects of bortezomib may be as a consequence of off-target effects of the drug.43
1.5.1 ) Argyrins as a footing for fresh proteasome inhibitors
The interaction of argyrin A with the 20S unit of the proteasome has been studied by Stauch and co-workers.42 They determined the solution construction of argyrin A by NMR and so docked it to a theoretical account of the human proteasome based on the crystal construction of the barm 20S fractional monetary unit. The survey gave utile indicants of the possible interactions and how the binding and selectivity of the argyrins for the human proteasome may be enhanced.
solution construction arbyrinA
Figure 3 The solution construction of argyrin A every bit determined by NMR spectrometry. The residues De-Ala5 and Sarc6 are dead set out of the plane of the macrocyclic ring. Coventional CPK coloring is used. Picture taken from Stauch et al.42
Their theoretical account showed that argyrin A binds in the specificity pocket adjacent to the active site thereby barricading entree to the catalytic threonine residue. They found an first-class steric tantrum of the compound in the binding pocket. The glycine and alanine residues of the octapeptide were buried within the protein whilst the more hydrophilic thiazole group interacted with the pocket wall. The anchor carbonyls of argyrin A ‘s glycine and alanine formed hydrogen bonds with the amino group of Gly47 and the hydroxyl of Thr1 of the proteasome. Further H bonds between the protein anchor and the amino and carbonyl groups of argyrin A ‘s tryptophan mediety strengthen the interaction. Last there is a polar interaction between the carbonyl of the sarcosine group in argyrin A and the positively charged N-termini of the protein. There are other interactions between argyrin A and the protein depending on which of the three active fractional monetary units ( beta 1, 2 or 5 ) are examined, but the above interactions are common to all.
Argyrin A binding
Figure 4 Key contacts between the argyrins and the three different substrate specificity pockets of the human proteasome as deduced from the moorage of the solution construction of argyrin A to the theoretical account of the human proteasome utilizing GOLD. Shown are the caspase-like pocket ( a ) , the trypsin-like pocket ( B ) and the chymotrypsin-like pocket ( degree Celsius ) . Picture taken from Stauch et al.42
Other members of the argyrin household ( argyrins A to F44 ) were besides docked to the modelled proteasome. The undermentioned observations were in good understanding with by experimentation measured affinity of the different compounds for the proteasome. Argyrin B has an elongated methyl side concatenation on the alanine mediety by a individual C. This was found to be good tolerated in the theoretical account as the longer side concatenation extended into the deep substrate binding cleft. Therefore this extra hydrophobic interaction would heighten binding. In argyrin D there is an extra methyl group on Trp2 but once more this is accommodated in the big substrate binding cleft. Argyrin F has an extra hydroxyl group on the thiazole derived function of alanine ( Ala-Thiaz ) mediety. This was found to organize an extra H bond with the anchor carbonyl of the proteasome ‘s Gly23 residue therefore beef uping its interaction. Argyrin E lacks the methoxy group on the tryptophan side-chain. This group has been shown to be indispensable for activity in cell checks and the moorage illustrated this groups importance in several interactions with the proteins side concatenation. Besides the many hydrophobic interactions and H bonds the writers besides noted the versatile yet specific contacts between the two tryptophan medieties of the argyrins and the variable parts of the proteasome ‘s binding pocket.
1.5.2 ) Entire synthesis of the Argyrin household
The entire synthesis of several members of the argyrin household of cyclic peptides has been described. Notably work by the Ley group45 described the entire synthesis of argyrin B utilizing a flexible step-wise path that conserved the stereochemistry. Their path could potentially let the incorporation of fractional monetary units having different substituents therefore leting the development of a library of argyrin based compounds. They used an enzymatic declaration measure to bring forth the unusual 4-methoxy tryptophan with good consequence and their concluding cyclization utilised a phenylseleno cysteine that underwent oxidative riddance to give the dehdyroalanine.
1.6 ) Purpose
This undertaking aims to plan and bring forth a powerful inhibitor of the proteasome. This is a validated anti-tumour mark as its suppression finally causes programmed cell death. Our new inhibitor will utilize argyrin A as a lead compound and we will do assorted parallels to construct up a structure-activity profile. By utilizing the information published in the literature about the interaction of argyrin with the proteasome we will synthesize new molecules with the purpose of constructing a structure-activity profile for the drug. This undertaking will construct on and develop the old work that has been published in the literature by accommodating the published chemical science to bring forth cyclic peptides via solid stage synthesis. The synthesis of two alternate fractional monetary units of argyrin A is described here, both of the new compounds involve alterations to the Trp2 mediety of argyrin A. Firstly the residue is substituted with a 4-methyl-DL-tryptophan group to clear up the function of the methoxy substituent, and secondly the place of the methoxy substituent is evaluated by altering it from C4 to C5 of Trp2. The principle behind the pick of the alterations and the man-made tract followed will be discussed in the following chapter.