Summary of the probe development effort to identify inhibitors of the Plasmodium falciparum M17- Family Leucine Aminopeptidase (M17AAP)
Grant Proposal PI: John Dalton and Donald Gardiner, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia ..more
Depositor Specified Assays
Source (MLPCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center
Affiliation: The Scripps Research Institute, TSRI
Assay Provider: John Dalton and Donald Gardiner, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Network: Molecular Library Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: 1 R03 MH084103-01
Grant Proposal PI: John Dalton and Donald Gardiner, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia
External Assay ID: M17LAP_INH_SUMMARY
Name: Summary of the probe development effort to identify inhibitors of the Plasmodium falciparum M17- Family Leucine Aminopeptidase (M17AAP).
Aminopeptidases (APs) are metalloproteases that cleave amino-terminal (N-terminal) amino acids during protein synthesis (1, 2) These enzymes are characterized in part by their post-translational removal of leucine, aspartate, proline, methionine, etc from proteins and peptides, in order that proteins are properly regulated, targeted for degradation, and trafficked within both animal and plant cells (3). As a result, these enzymes are involved in diverse processes, including meiosis (1), cellular senescence (1), blood pressure control (4, 5), angiogenesis (6), and inflammation (7). The intraerythrocytic stages of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum employs two cytosolic neutral aminopeptidases, an M1-family alanyl aminopeptidase (M1AAP) and an M17-family leucine aminopeptidase (M17LAP), in the terminal stages of host hemoglobin digestion (8, 9). Their action results in the release of free amino acids that are used for the anabolism of parasite proteins and, hence, are critical to the development of the parasite in red blood cells (10, 11). Inhibitors of the two exopeptidases prevent the growth of P. falciparum parasites in vitro, and protect mice from infection with rodent malaria P. chabaudi, providing strong evidence that these enzymes are targets which can be used to develop new anti-malarial drugs (12-14). Thus, Plasmodium falciparum M17-family leucine aminopeptidase (M17LAP) is an attractive chemotherapeutic target and was used to screen a large (200K) chemical library to identify novel inhibitors as probes for this enzyme in Plasmodium falciparum.
Summary of Probe Development Effort:
This probe development effort is focused on the identification of M17LAP inhibitors. All AIDs that contain results associated with this project can be found in the "Related Bioassays" section of this Summary AID.
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8. Stack CM, Lowther J, Cunningham E, Donnelly S, Gardiner DL, Trenholme KR, Skinner-Adams TS, Teuscher F, Grembecka J, Mucha A, Kafarski P, Lua L, Bell A, Dalton JP. Characterization of the Plasmodium falciparum M17 leucyl aminopeptidase. A protease involved in amino acid regulation with potential for antimalarial drug development. J Biol Chem. 2007 Jan 19;282(3):2069-80.
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10. Gardiner DL, Trenholme KR, Skinner-Adams TS, Stack CM, Dalton JP. Overexpression of leucyl aminopeptidase in Plasmodium falciparum parasites. Target for the antimalarial activity of bestatin. J Biol Chem. 2006 Jan 20;281(3):1741-5.
11. Curley GP, O'Donovan SM, McNally J, Mullally M, O'Hara H, Troy A, O'Callaghan SA, Dalton JP. Aminopeptidases from Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium chabaudi chabaudi and Plasmodium berghei. J Eukaryot Microbiol. 1994 Mar-Apr;41(2):119-23.
12. Skinner-Adams TS, Lowther J, Teuscher F, Stack CM, Grembecka J, Mucha A, Kafarski P, Trenholme KR, Dalton JP, Gardiner DL. Identification of phosphinate dipeptide analog inhibitors directed against the Plasmodium falciparum M17 leucine aminopeptidase as lead antimalarial compounds. J Med Chem. 2007 Nov 29;50(24):6024-31.
13. Gavigan CS, Machado SG, Dalton JP, Bell A. Analysis of antimalarial synergy between bestatin and endoprotease inhibitors using statistical response-surface modelling. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2001 Nov;45(11):3175-81.
14. Nankya-Kitaka MF, Curley GP, Gavigan CS, Bell A, Dalton JP.Plasmodium chabaudi chabaudi and P. falciparum: inhibition of aminopeptidase and parasite growth by bestatin and nitrobestatin. Parasitol Res. 1998 Jul;84(7):552-8.
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