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mSphere ; 7(2): e0048221, 2022 04 27.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1832361


Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the etiological agent of tuberculosis (TB), one of the deadliest infectious diseases. The alarming health context coupled with the emergence of resistant M. tuberculosis strains highlights the urgent need to expand the range of anti-TB antibiotics. A subset of anti-TB drugs in use are prodrugs that require bioactivation by a class of M. tuberculosis enzymes called Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases (BVMOs), which remain understudied. To examine the prevalence and the molecular function of BVMOs in mycobacteria, we applied a comprehensive bioinformatic analysis that identified six BVMOs in M. tuberculosis, including Rv3083 (MymA), Rv3854c (EthA), Rv0565c, and Rv0892, which were selected for further characterization. Homology modeling and substrate docking analysis, performed on this subset, suggested that Rv0892 is closer to the cyclohexanone BVMO, while Rv0565c and EthA are structurally and functionally similar to MymA, which is by far the most prominent type I BVMO enzyme. Thanks to an unprecedented purification and assay optimization, biochemical studies confirmed that all four BVMOs display BV-oxygenation activity. We also showed that MymA displays a distinctive substrate preference that we further investigated by kinetic parameter determination and that correlates with in silico modeling. We provide insights into distribution of BVMOs and the structural basis of their substrate profiling, and we discuss their possible redundancy in M. tuberculosis, raising questions about their versatility in prodrug activation and their role in physiology and infection. IMPORTANCE Tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The rise in drug resistance highlights the urgent need for innovation in anti-TB drug development. Many anti-TB drugs require bioactivation by Baeyer-Villiger monooxygenases (BVMOs). Despite their emerging importance, BVMO structural and functional features remain enigmatic. We applied a comprehensive bioinformatic analysis and confirmed the presence of six BVMOs in M. tuberculosis, including MymA, EthA, and Rv0565c-activators of the second-line prodrug ethionamide-and the novel BVMO Rv0892. Combining in silico characterization with in vitro validation, we outlined their structural framework and substrate preference. Markedly, MymA displayed an enhanced capacity and a distinct selectivity profile toward ligands, in agreement with its catalytic site topology. These features ground the molecular basis for structure-function comprehension of the specificity in these enzymes and expand the repertoire of BVMOs with selective and/or overlapping activity for application in the context of improving anti-TB therapy.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis , Prodrugs , Antitubercular Agents/pharmacology , Computational Biology , Mixed Function Oxygenases/chemistry , Mixed Function Oxygenases/genetics , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/genetics
Plant J ; 107(5): 1299-1319, 2021 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1282039


Caffeoylquinic acids (CQAs) are specialized plant metabolites we encounter in our daily life. Humans consume CQAs in mg-to-gram quantities through dietary consumption of plant products. CQAs are considered beneficial for human health, mainly due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Recently, new biosynthetic pathways via a peroxidase-type p-coumaric acid 3-hydroxylase enzyme were discovered. More recently, a new GDSL lipase-like enzyme able to transform monoCQAs into diCQA was identified in Ipomoea batatas. CQAs were recently linked to memory improvement; they seem to be strong indirect antioxidants via Nrf2 activation. However, there is a prevalent confusion in the designation and nomenclature of different CQA isomers. Such inconsistencies are critical and complicate bioactivity assessment since different isomers differ in bioactivity and potency. A detailed explanation regarding the origin of such confusion is provided, and a recommendation to unify nomenclature is suggested. Furthermore, for studies on CQA bioactivity, plant-based laboratory animal diets contain CQAs, which makes it difficult to include proper control groups for comparison. Therefore, a synthetic diet free of CQAs is advised to avoid interferences since some CQAs may produce bioactivity even at nanomolar levels. Biotransformation of CQAs by gut microbiota, the discovery of new enzymatic biosynthetic and metabolic pathways, dietary assessment, and assessment of biological properties with potential for drug development are areas of active, ongoing research. This review is focused on the chemistry, biosynthesis, occurrence, analytical challenges, and bioactivity recently reported for mono-, di-, tri-, and tetraCQAs.

Anti-Inflammatory Agents/chemistry , Antioxidants/chemistry , Cognitive Dysfunction/prevention & control , Neuroprotective Agents/chemistry , Phytochemicals/chemistry , Plants, Medicinal/chemistry , Quinic Acid/analogs & derivatives , Acyltransferases/genetics , Acyltransferases/metabolism , Animals , Anti-Inflammatory Agents/metabolism , Anti-Inflammatory Agents/pharmacology , Antioxidants/metabolism , Antioxidants/pharmacology , Biosynthetic Pathways , Brachypodium/enzymology , Dietary Supplements , Humans , Ipomoea batatas/enzymology , Mixed Function Oxygenases/genetics , Mixed Function Oxygenases/metabolism , Neuroprotective Agents/metabolism , Neuroprotective Agents/pharmacology , Phytochemicals/metabolism , Phytochemicals/pharmacology , Plant Proteins/genetics , Plant Proteins/metabolism , Quinic Acid/chemistry , Quinic Acid/metabolism , Quinic Acid/pharmacology , Terminology as Topic