- Wei AZ, Mayr I, Bode W
- The refined 2.3 A crystal structure of human leukocyte elastase in a complex with a valine chloromethyl ketone inhibitor.
- FEBS Lett. 1988 Jul 18;234(2):367-73.
- The stoichiometric complex formed between human leukocyte elastase and a synthetic MeO-Suc-Ala-Ala-Pro-Val chloromethyl ketone inhibitor was co-crystallized and its X-ray structure determined, using Patterson search methods. Its structure has been crystallographically refined to a final R value of 0.145 (8.0 and 2.3 A). The enzyme structure is very similar to that recently observed in a complex formed with the ovomucoid third domain from turkey [(1986) EMBO J. 5,2453-2458]. The rms deviation of all alpha-carbon atoms is 0.32 A. The peptidic inhibitor is bound in a similar overall conformation as the ovomucoid binding segment. Covalent bonds are formed between Val-P1 of the inhibitor and His-57 NE2 and Ser-195 OG of the enzyme. The carbonyl carbon is tetrahedrally deformed to a hemiketal. The valine side chain is arranged in the S1 pocket in the g-conformation.