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J Med Chem. 2004 Jul 1;47(14):3674-88.

Mechanism of inactivation of beta-lactamases by novel 6-methylidene penems elucidated using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.

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Wyeth Research, Chemical and Screening Sciences, Chemical Technologies and Medicinal Chemistry, Pearl River, NY 10965, USA.


The reactions of 6-methylidene penems 4-7 with beta-lactamases (TEM-1, SHV-1, Amp-C) were characterized by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The kinetics of the reactions were monitored, demonstrating that only one penem molecule reacts to form an acyl-enzyme complex. For penem 5, the ESI-MS/MS spectrum of the hydrolysis product produced in the reaction was identical to the spectrum generated from a synthesized dihydro[1,4]thiazepine 10, confirming the rearrangement of the penem ring system to a seven-membered dihydro[1,4]thiazepine structure. Gas-phase ESI-MS/MS fragmentation data were rationalized due to tautomerization between imine and enamine substructures. ESI-MS/MS analysis of the T-6 trypsin-digested fragments of TEM-1 and SHV-1 demonstrated that the penems were only attached to Ser-70 of these class A beta-lactamases and that the penem ring structures were rearranged to seven-membered dihydro[1,4]thiazepines.

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