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Combined Inhibitor Free-Energy Landscape and Structural Analysis Reports on the Mannosidase Conformational Coordinate

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Adam Jackson, Dr Elisabeth Lowe, Emeritus Professor Harry Gilbert



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Mannosidases catalyze the hydrolysis of a diverse range of polysaccharides and glycoconjugates, and the various sequence-based mannosidase families have evolved ingenious strategies to overcome the stereoelectronic challenges of mannoside chemistry. Using a combination of computational chemistry, inhibitor design and synthesis, and X-ray crystallography of inhibitor/enzyme complexes, it is demonstrated that mannoimidazole-type inhibitors are energetically poised to report faithfully on mannosidase transition-state conformation, and provide direct evidence for the conformational itinerary used by diverse mannosidases, including -mannanases from families GH26 and GH113. Isofagomine-type inhibitors are poor mimics of transition-state conformation, owing to the high energy barriers that must be crossed to attain mechanistically relevant conformations, however, these sugar-shaped heterocycles allow the acquisition of ternary complexes that span the active site, thus providing valuable insight into active-site residues involved in substrate recognition.

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Author(s): Williams RJ, Iglesias-Fernandez J, Stepper J, Jackson A, Thompson AJ, Lowe EC, White JM, Gilbert HJ, Rovira C, Davies GJ, Williams SJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Year: 2014

Volume: 53

Issue: 4

Pages: 1087-1091

Print publication date: 20/01/2014

Online publication date: 11/12/2013

Date deposited: 15/04/2014

ISSN (print): 1433-7851

ISSN (electronic): 1521-3773

Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH


DOI: 10.1002/anie.201308334


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