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J Med Chem. 1998 Jul 30;41(16):3078-83.

Discovery of type II (covalent) inactivation of S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine hydrolase involving its "hydrolytic activity": synthesis and evaluation of dihalohomovinyl nucleoside analogues derived from adenosine.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602-5700, USA.


Treatment of the 5'-carboxaldehyde derived by Moffatt oxidation of 6-N-benzoyl-2',3'-O-isopropylideneadenosine (1) with the "(bromofluoromethylene)triphenylphosphorane" reagent and deprotection gave 9-(6-bromo-5, 6-dideoxy-6-fluoro-beta-d-ribo-hex-5-enofuranosyl)adenine (4). Parallel treatment with a "dibromomethylene Wittig reagent" and deprotection gave 9-(6,6-dibromo-5, 6-dideoxy-beta-d-ribo-hex-5-enofuranosyl)adenine (7), which also was prepared by successive bromination and dehydrobromination of the 6'-bromohomovinyl nucleoside 8. Bromination-dehydrobromination of the 5'-bromohomovinyl analogue 11 and deprotection gave (E)-9-(5, 6-dibromo-5,6-dideoxy-beta-d-ribo-hex-5-enofuranosyl)adenine (15). Compounds 4, 7, and 15 were designed as putative substrates of the "hydrolytic activity" of S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine (AdoHcy) hydrolase. Enzyme-mediated addition of water across the 5,6-double bond could generate electrophilic acyl halide or alpha-halo ketone species that could undergo nucleophilic attack by proximal groups on the enzyme. Such type II (covalent) mechanism-based inactivation is supported by protein labeling with 8-[3H]-4 and concomitant release of bromide and fluoride ions. Incubation of AdoHcy hydrolase with 7 or 15 resulted in irreversible inactivation and release of bromide ion. In contrast with type I mechanism-based inactivation, reduction of enzyme-bound NAD+ to NADH was not observed. Compounds 4, 7, and 15 were not inhibitory to a variety of viruses in cell culture, and weak cytotoxicity was observed only for CEM cells.

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