18851976 , Related PDB ids: 3CLX, 3CM2, 3CM7
- Mastrangelo E, Cossu F, Milani M, Sorrentino G, Lecis D, Delia D, Manzoni L, Drago C, Seneci P, Scolastico C, Rizzo V, Bolognesi M
- Targeting the X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein through 4-substituted azabicyclo[5.3.0]alkane smac mimetics. Structure, activity, and recognition principles.
- J Mol Biol. 2008 Dec 19;384(3):673-89. Epub 2008 Oct 7.
- The X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP) is overexpressed in several malignant cells where it prevents apoptosis by binding to, and blocking, the activation of caspase-3, -7, and -9. Human XIAP (479 residues) is composed of three tandem-repeated baculoviral IAP repeat (BIR) domains (BIR1-3), and by a C-terminal RING domain. Smac-DIABLO [second mitochondria-derived activator of caspases (Smac)-direct IAP binding protein with low pI (DIABLO)], the natural antagonist of XIAP, binds through its N-terminal sequence AVPI to the same surface groove, in the BIR domains, that binds caspases. Synthetic compounds mimicking such tetrapeptide motif effectively block the interaction between IAP and active caspases, thus triggering apoptosis. Peptidomimetics based on an azabicyclo[x.y.0]alkane scaffolds, have been shown to bind the BIR3 domain of XIAP with micromolar to nanomolar affinities, thus presenting attractive features for drug lead optimization. Here we report a study on three newly synthesized Smac mimetics, which have been characterized in their complexes with XIAP BIR3 domain through X-ray crystallography and molecular modelling/docking simulations. Based on analysis of the crystal structures, we show that specific substitutions at the 4-position of the azabicyclo[5.3.0]alkane scaffold results in sizeable effects on the peptidomimetic-BIR3 domain affinity. By means of functional, biophysical and simulative approaches we also propose that the same Smac mimetics can bind XIAP BIR2 domain at a location structurally related to the BIR3 domain AVPI binding groove. Details of the XIAP-Smac mimetic recognition principles highlighted by this study are discussed in light of the drug-like profile of the three (potentially proapoptotic) compounds developed that show improved performance in ADMET (adsorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and toxicity) tests.