Title page for ETD etd-05182011-053114

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Mercedes-Camacho, Ana Yokayra
Author's Email Address Aymerced@vt.edu
URN etd-05182011-053114
Title Pin1: WW domain ligands, catalytic inhibitors, and the mechanism
Degree PhD
Department Biochemistry
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Etzkorn, Felicia A. Committee Chair
  • PPIases
  • Pin1 inhibitors
  • WW domain ligands
  • and KIE
  • c-Myc
  • Pin1
Date of Defense 2011-05-03
Availability unrestricted
The peptidyl prolyl cis/trans isomerase, PPIase, has been the focus of numerous studies in the field of cell cycle regulation since proline-directed phosphorylation is an essential signaling mechanism that might arrest cancer proliferation. Pin1 is the first phosphorylation-dependent PPIase enzyme to be discovered. The Pin1 regulatory mechanism, acting on other mitotic proteins in vivo and in vitro, remains largely unknown. For the study of Pin1 function, two types of assays were used to identity ligands for Pin1: (1) The Enzyme-Linked Enzyme Binding Assay (ELEBA) for the identification of WW domain ligands, (2) a catalytic assay to identified inhibitors of Pin1 catalytic activity. The ELEBA offers a selective approach for detecting ligands that bind to the Pin1 WW domain from chemical libraries. By using the ELEBA, a pSer-Pro peptidomimetic library of 315 ligands was screened, identifying three promising ligands cis-D2, O2, and M18. Competitive Kd values for cis-D2, O2, and M18 were determined to be 263 ± 6.4, 206 ± 3.4, and 130 ± 3.0 μM, respectively. Furthermore, we screened the pSer-Pro peptidomimetic library using a Pin1 discontinuous-catalytic assay to identify inhibitors of Pin1. Ligands D20 and K7 were identified to decrease more than 90% of the Pin1 catalytic activity.

To investigate the nature of the Pin1 interaction with c-Myc, we synthesized and characterized four peptides corresponding to the c-Myc sequence. These peptides were used in NMR isomerization studies of Pin1 by our collaborator Dr. Jeffry Peng (University of Notre Dame). Preliminary work shows that Pin1 binds and isomerizes the Ac–LLPpTPPLSPS–NH2 peptide at the cMyc pThr58 position.

Finally, we measured a secondary kinetic isotope effect (2º KIE) to study the Pin1 catalytic mechanism of proline isomerization. The ratio of kH/kD for unlabeled and [d3]Ser-labeled substrate gave a SKIE value of 1.34 ± 0.01. The normal 2º KIE value indicates that carbonyl-serine hybridization is not changing from sp2 to sp3. This result supports substrate analogue inhibitor studies, and previous solvent and SKIE results on Pin1, that suggest a twisted amide mechanism assisted by a transient hydrogen bond in the transition state.

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