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Inhibition mechanism of urease by Au(III) compounds unveiled by x-ray diffraction analysis

Mazzei, Luca, Wenzel, Margot N., Cianci, Michele, Palombo, Marta, Casini, Angela and Ciurli, Stefano 2019. Inhibition mechanism of urease by Au(III) compounds unveiled by x-ray diffraction analysis. ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters 10 (4) , pp. 564-570. 10.1021/acsmedchemlett.8b00585

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The nickel-dependent enzyme urease is a virulence factor for a large number of critical human pathogens, making this enzyme a potential target of therapeutics for the treatment of resistant bacterial infections. In the search for novel urease inhibitors, five selected coordination and organometallic Au(III) compounds containing N∧N or C∧N and C∧N∧N ligands were tested for their inhibitory effects against Canavalia ensiformis (jack bean) urease. The results showed potent inhibition effects with IC50 values in the nanomolar range. The 2.14 Å resolution crystal structure of Sporosarcina pasteurii urease inhibited by the most effective Au(III) compound [Au(PbImMe)Cl2]PF6 (PbImMe = 1-methyl-2-(pyridin-2-yl)-benzimidazole) reveals the presence of two Au ions bound to the conserved triad αCys322/αHis323/αMet367. The binding of the Au ions to these residues blocks the movement of a flap, located at the edge of the active site channel and essential for enzyme catalysis, completely obliterating the catalytic activity of urease. Overall, the obtained results constitute the basis for the design of new gold complexes as selective urease inhibitors with future antibacterial applications.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Publisher: American Chemical Society
ISSN: 1948-5875
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 January 2019
Date of Acceptance: 4 January 2019
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 17:39

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