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J Biochem. 1998 Apr;123(4):619-23.

Crystal structure of human secretory phospholipase A2-IIA complex with the potent indolizine inhibitor 120-1032.

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Shionogi Research Laboratories, Shionogi and Co., Ltd., Fukushima-ku, Osaka 553-0002. kengo@nice.kumac.


Phospholipase A2 is a key enzyme in a number of physiologically important cellular processes including inflammation and transmembrane signaling. Human secretory phospholipase A2-IIA is present at high concentrations in synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and in the plasma of patients with septic shock. Inhibitors of this enzyme have been suggested to be therapeutically useful non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The crystal structure of human secretory phospholipase A2-IIA bound to a novel potent indolizine inhibitor (120-1032) has been determined. The complex crystallizes in the space group P3121, with cell dimensions of a = b = 75.8 A and c = 51.3 A. The model was refined to an R-factor of 0. 183 for the intensity data collected to a resolution of 2.2 A. It was revealed that the inhibitor is located near the active site and bound to the calcium ion. Although the binding mode of the 120-1032 inhibitor to human secretory phospholipase A2-IIA is similar to that previously determined for an indole inhibitor LY311299, the specific interactions between the enzyme and the inhibitor in the present complex include the oxycarboxylate group which was introduced in this inhibitor. The oxycarboxylate group in 120-1032 is coordinated to the calcium ion and included in the water-mediated hydrogen bonding to the catalytic Asp49. In addition, the ethyl group in 120-1032 gains hydrophobic contacts with the cavity wall of the hydrophobic channel of the enzyme.

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