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Title:Theoretical and experimental studies of slowly deacylating alpha-chymotrypsin acyl enzymes
Author(s):Bemis, Guy William
Department / Program:Chemistry
Discipline:Chemistry
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Chemistry, Organic
Abstract:The differential deacylation rates for alpha-chymotrypsin beta-phenyl acyl enzymes 13 and 14 have been studied using the techniques of molecular mechanics and molecular dynamics. These studies indicate that the ketone side-chain of slowly deacylating acyl enzyme 13 is hydrogen bonded to the NH of Gly-216, and that the force of this hydrogen bond along with other non-bonded interactions pulls the ester carbonyl group out of the oxyanion binding hole. This distortion of geometry raises the energy of activation for hydrolysis of the acyl enzyme by providing little stabilization of the negative charge that develops during the rate determining process of tetrahedral intermediate formation. This is in contrast to the results for the relatively quickly deacylating acyl enzyme 14, which has a ketone carbonyl hydrogen bonded to the Gly-216 NH, and an ester carbonyl that remains hydrogen bonded to both NH's of the oxyanion binding hole. Additional evidence for the differential kinetics observed is provided by molecular mechanics and molecular dynamics studies of the deacylation tetrahedral intermediates formed by acyl enzymes 13 and 14. It is shown that whereas the tetrahedral intermediate formed from slowly deacylating acyl enzyme 13 has an oxyanion hydrogen bonded ideally to only the Ser-195 NH, the oxyanion formed from 14 has good hydrogen bonds to both the Gly-193 and the Ser-195 NH's.
We have probed the hydrogen bonding requirements for alpha-chymotrypsin by synthesis of a number of enol lactones and p-nitrophenyl esters designed to hydrogen bond to specific residues in the active site. p-Nitrophenyl ester 18 was designed to hydrogen bond to either the Ser-218 OH, or to the Gly-216 NH. Protio and bromo enol lactones 28, 29, 32, and 38 were designed to have a hydrogen bond with the Met-192 NH. p-Nitrophenyl esters 46 and 48 were designed to have a hydrogen bond to the Gly-216 NH and either a hydrophobic interaction with the side-chain of Met-192 (in 46), or a hydrogen bonding interaction with the oxyanion binding hole (in 48). Finally, p-Nitrophenyl esters 53 and 56 were designed to have N-acetyl groups that shield the ester carbonyl oxygen from attack by water. Indirect kinetic and chemical evidence is provided for the efficacy of these designed acyl enzymes.
Issue Date:1991
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/20335
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Bemis, Guy William
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9210742
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9210742


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