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Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2017;2017:9747296. doi: 10.1155/2017/9747296. Epub 2017 Nov 27.

Apoptotic Protease Activating Factor-1 Inhibitor Mitigates Myocardial Ischemia Injury via Disturbing Procaspase-9 Recruitment by Apaf-1.

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Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, Fudan University, Shanghai 201203, China.
TA Instruments-Waters LLC, Shanghai, China.
School of Pharmacy, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau.


(2S,3S,4S,5R,6R)-6-(4-((4-guanidinobutoxy)carbonyl)-2,6-dihydroxyphenoxy)-3,4,5-trihydroxytetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-carboxylic acid (ZYZ-488) was discovered as a novel inhibitor of apoptotic protease activating factor-1 (Apaf-1). In present work, a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) assay confirms the direct binding between ZYZ-488 and Apaf-1 and this interaction was found to be able to block the recruitment of procaspase-9 by Apaf-1. This study also shows that the treatment of MI (myocardial infarction) mice with this novel Apaf-1 inhibitor remarkably reduces the infarct size, improves cardiac functions, and attenuates the histopathology changes caused by MI. Meanwhile, here it is shown that ZYZ-488 decreases myocardial enzyme release, inhibits cardiomyocyte apoptosis, and suppresses the activation of the downstream cascade of caspases. Moreover, in silico prediction validated the drug-like properties of ZYZ-488. In conclusion, our findings present the first piece of evidence indicating the interaction between Apaf-1 and procaspase-9 as a novel therapeutic target in myocardial infarction and suggesting ZYZ-488 as a promising therapeutic option for myocardial infarction disease.

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