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The Bh3 Domain of Puma: Structure Determination and Small Molecular Inhibitor Design. Nicki Zevola Bahar Lab Lab Meeting March 25, 2009. Intro. What are BCl-2 proteins?. 1. A class of pro-survival and pro-apoptotic proteins Easily distinguishable

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the bh3 domain of puma structure determination and small molecular inhibitor design

The Bh3 Domain of Puma:Structure Determination and Small Molecular Inhibitor Design

Nicki Zevola

Bahar Lab

Lab Meeting March 25, 2009

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Intro. What are BCl-2 proteins?

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  • A class of pro-survival and pro-apoptotic proteins
    • Easily distinguishable
    • Pro-survival: BclXL, Bcl-w, MCl-1, A1, Bax, Bak
      • 2-4 BH domains
    • Pro-apoptotic: Bim, Bad, Bmf, Bid, Bik, Hrk, Noxa, Puma
      • Only 1 BH domain, Bh3
  • Key interactions occur when pro-apoptotic proteins (e.g., Puma) inhibit pro-survival proteins (e.g., BclXL)

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Crystal structure of BCl-xl (mouse)

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Crystal structure of Puma (mouse)

project overview
Goal of Project: Develop small molecule mitochondrial-targeted drugs to inhibit the binding of the Puma Bh3 domain to Bcl-2 family proteins.

Normally, Puma Bh3 domain:Bcl-2 protein binding antagonizes anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins, inhibiting Apaf-1, and resulting in caspase release and apoptosis.

Studies with Puma-deficient mice have shown that Puma not only activates, but is required for, apoptosis induced by oncogenes and DNA-damaging agents.1,2

Project Overview

1Qui et. al. PUMA Regulates Intestinal Progenitor Cell Radiosensitivity and Gastrointestinal Syndrome. Cell Stem Cell. 2008. 2(6):576-583.

2 Yu J., Zhang L., Hwang PM, Kinzler K.W., Vogelstein B. Puma induces the rapid apoptosis of colorectal cancer cells. Mol. Cell.2001. 7:3:673-82.

how we will find small molecular inhibitors for puma project design
How We Will Find Small Molecular Inhibitors for Puma (Project Design)

Analyze structure of Bh3 domain of Puma

Determine key conserved interactions between Puma Bh3 domain and Bcl-2 proteins

Develop pharmacophore models using conserved interactions

Screen Zinc 8.0 database for lead-like compounds that match pharmacophore model

Develop Puma models to prioritize hits

In vitro testing

day et al how puma bh3 domain bh3 mcl1 and noxa bh3 mcl1 structures were obtained
Day et. al.: How Puma Bh3 Domain Bh3-Mcl1 and Noxa Bh3-Mcl1 Structures were Obtained
  • 1. Two samples made
    • 1. 13C, 15N-labeled peptide + unlabeled Mcl-1
    • 2. Unlabeled peptide + labeled Mcl-1
  • 2. NMR techniques used for resonance assignments
  • 3. Structures evaluated for proper geometry
    • No distance violation > 0.2 Å
    • No angle violation > 5o

(2rod)

(2roc)

  • Why only the Bh3 Domain of Puma, Noxa with Mcl-1?
  • Puma and Noxa have extremely unstable structures, and hence only the Bh3 binding domain structure has been accurately determined. In the Bahar lab, we have used the i-Tasser server (Zhang) to help ascertain the entire Puma structure (see next slide).
i tasser
i-Tasser
  • Sequence of hPUMA submitted to online server developed by Dr. Yang Zhang, Ph.D. (University of Kansas)
    • Finalist at CASP (Critical Assessment of Structural Predictions) Competition
  • Server uses LOMETS (a form of threading) in structural prediction
  • 5 models generated for hPuma
    • Problem: Best C-score: -3.46
      • Will be addressed later
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Step 2. Determine key conserved interactions

between Puma Bh3 domain and BCl-2 proteins

day et al comparison of mcl 1 complexes with other bcl 2 proteins
Day et. al.: Comparison of MCl-1 complexes with other BCl-2 proteins
  • 1. Superimposition of Mcl-1:Puma with:
  • BClXL:Bim,
  • A1:Puma,
  • and BclXL
    • RMSD of backbone BClXL:Bim and Mcl-1: Puma: 1.5 Å
    • Most notable structural difference: BclXLhas a long loop between α1 and α2 not found in Mcl-1 or A1
day et al comparison of mcl 1 complexes with other bcl 2 proteins con t
Day et. al.: Comparison of Mcl-1 complexes with other Bcl-2 proteins (con’t)
  • 2. Structural Alignment
    • Sequence comparison (excluding BclXL loop residues):
      • BclXL,Mcl-1: 25.6% identity, 40.0% similarity
      • A1, Mcl-1: 25.4% identity, 46.% similarity
day et al the consensus bh3 domain binding motif
Day et. al.: The Consensus Bh3 Domain Binding Motif
  • The 13 residue consensus sequence that defines the Bh3 domain in PUMA is: φ1ΣXXφ2XXφ3ΣDZφ4L
    • where φ1-φ4 are hydrophobic residues
    • Σ are small residues
    • Z is usually an acidic residue
    • L is a hydrophilic residue capable of forming an intermolecular cap
    • D is the conserved aspartate

Bh3 domains of Noxa (in yellow, left) and Puma (in pink,right).

in situ mutagenesis reveals other key residues yu et al 2009
in situ Mutagenesis Reveals Other Key Residues (Yu et. al., 2009)
  • Already known from Day et. al.: conserved interactions with Bcl2 proteins
  • Jian Yu et. al. (Univ. of Pittsburgh): 2 specific point mutations alter binding specificity upstream of the Bh3 binding domain!
    • These are therefore included in our pharmacophore model (next step)

Images courtesy Gabriela Mustata, Ph.D.

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Step 3. Develop pharmacophore models

using conserved interactions

pharmacophore model development
Pharmacophore Model Development
  • Our superimposition of our hPuma-A1 (from i-Tasser) with hPUMA-Mcl1 (from 2roc) structures resulted in an RMSD of 0.55Å!
  • Four key interactions of Bcl2 proteins and hPuma (see next slide):
    • Phe251.CB (Bcl2) – Leu141.CD1 (hPuma)
    • Ph395.CD1 (Bcl2) – Leu141.CD1 (hPuma)
    • Asp237.OD2 (Bcl2) – Asp142.NH1 (hPuma)
    • Arg244.NE (Bcl2) – Asp146.OD1 (hPuma)
pharmacophore model development15
Pharmacophore Model Development

Slide courtesy Dr. Gabriela Mustata, Ph.D.

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Step 4. Screen Zinc 8.0 database for

compounds that match pharmacophore model

pharmacophore search results thus far
Pharmacophore Search Results Thus Far
  • Zinc 7.0 Lead-like Database
  • Found 1 hit
  • Zinc 8.0 Lead-like Database
  • So far…Screened 24/37 of database (about 1.3 x 106 compounds)
  • Found 20 hits thus far (some shown below)
current problem i tasser model
Current Problem: i-Tasser model
  • 5 models of hPuma generated by i-Tasser are not entirely satisfactory, as shown by Fast Contact server (Camacho et. al.)
  • Current solution: Use MD Simulations for energy minimization of i-Tasser models, recalculate energies on Fast Contact server
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Questions? Ideas? Comments?

A special thank you: Dr. Ivet Bahar; Dr. Gabriela Mustata; Dr. Jian Yu; Dr. Joel Greenberger; Ahmet Bakan (for teaching MD Simulations); everyone else for listening, 

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