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3k8q, resolution 2.50Å ()
Ligands: ,
Gene: NP, PNP (Homo sapiens)
Activity: Purine-nucleoside phosphorylase, with EC number
Related: 1rr6, 1rsz, 3k8o
Resources: FirstGlance, OCA, RCSB, PDBsum
Coordinates: save as pdb, mmCIF, xml


Crystal structure of human purine nucleoside phosphorylase in complex with SerMe-Immucillin H

Publication Abstract from PubMed

Inhibition of human purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) stops growth of activated T-cells and the formation of 6-oxypurine bases, making it a target for leukemia, autoimmune disorders, and gout. Four generations of ribocation transition-state mimics bound to PNP are structurally characterized. Immucillin-H (K*i(1/4) 58 pM, first generation)contains an iminoribitol cation with four asymmetric carbons. DADMe-Immucillin-H (K*i(1/4) 9 pM, second-generation),uses a methylene-bridged dihydroxypyrrolidine cation with twoasymmetric centers.DATMe-Immucillin-H (K*i(1/4)9 pM, third-generation) contains an open-chain amino alcohol cation with two asymmetric carbons. SerMe-ImmH (K*i(1/4) 5 pM, fourth-generation) uses achiral dihydroxyaminoalcohol seramide as the ribocation mimic. Crystal structures of PNPs establish features of tight binding to be; 1) ion-pair formation between bound phosphate (or its mimic) and inhibitor cation, 2) leaving-group interactions to N1, O6, and N7 of 9-deazahypoxanthine, 3) interaction between phosphate and inhibitor hydroxyl groups, and 4) His257 interacting with the 5'-hydroxyl group. The first generation analogue is an imperfect fit to the catalytic site with a long ion pair distance between the iminoribitol and bound phosphate and weaker interactions to the leaving group. Increasing the ribocation to leaving-group distance in the second- to fourth-generation analogues provides powerful binding interactions and a facile synthetic route to powerful inhibitors. Despite chemical diversity in the four generations of transition-state analogues, the catalytic site geometry is almost the same for all analogues. Multiple solutions in transition-state analogue design are available to convert the energy of catalytic rate enhancement to binding energy in human PNP.

Four generations of transition-state analogues for human purine nucleoside phosphorylase., Ho MC, Shi W, Rinaldo-Matthis A, Tyler PC, Evans GB, Clinch K, Almo SC, Schramm VL, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Mar 16;107(11):4805-12. Epub 2010 Mar 8. PMID:020212140

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.


[PNPH_HUMAN] Defects in PNP are the cause of purine nucleoside phosphorylase deficiency (PNPD) [MIM:613179]. It leads to a severe T-cell immunodeficiency with neurologic disorder in children.[1][2][3]


[PNPH_HUMAN] The purine nucleoside phosphorylases catalyze the phosphorolytic breakdown of the N-glycosidic bond in the beta-(deoxy)ribonucleoside molecules, with the formation of the corresponding free purine bases and pentose-1-phosphate.[4]

About this Structure

3k8q is a 1 chain structure with sequence from Homo sapiens. Full crystallographic information is available from OCA.


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