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Discovery of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Adenovirus by Disrupting E3-19K/HLA-A2 Interactions

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posted on 06.05.2022, 16:48 by Jinhong Ren, Nikita R Dsouza, Hui Deng, Hyun LeeHyun Lee, Marlene BouvierMarlene Bouvier, Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
The binding of the adenovirus (Ad) protein E3-19K with the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) plays an important role in Ad infections, which is the causative agent of a series of gastrointestinal, respiratory and ocular diseases. The objective of this research is to evaluate the essential interactions between E3-19K and HLA-A2 using the X-ray crystal structure of the E3-19K/HLA-A2 complex, and to identify small molecules that could potentially disrupt their binding. Computational methods, including molecular dynamic simulations, MM/GBSA calculations, and computational solvent mapping, were implemented to determine potential binding site(s) for small molecules. The previous experimentally determined hot spot residues, Q54 and E177 in HLA-A2, were also predicted to be the dominant residues for binding to E3-19K by our theoretical calculations. Several other residues were also found to play pivotal roles for the binding of E3-19K with HLA-A2. Residues adjacent to E177, including Q54 and several other residues theoretically predicted to be crucial in HLA-A2 were selected as a potential binding pocket to perform virtual screening with 1200 compounds from the Prestwick library. Seven hits were validated by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) as binders to HLA-A2 as a first step in identifying molecules that can perturb its association with the Ad E3-19K protein.

Funding

Small Molecule Inhibitors of Adenovirus-Induced Downregulation of MHC I | Funder: National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) | Grant ID: R03AI114611

History

Citation

Ren, J., Dsouza, N. R., Deng, H., Lee, H., Bouvier, M.Johnson, M. E. (2018). Discovery of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Adenovirus by Disrupting E3-19K/HLA-A2 Interactions. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 28(17), 2837-2841. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bmcl.2018.07.036

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Language

en

issn

0960-894X