Late stage assay provider results from the probe development effort to identify inhibitors of PAFAH2: Fluorescence-based biochemical gel-based Activity-Based Protein Profiling (ABPP) inhibition and selectivity to assess carbamate vs. triazole urea scaffold
Name: Late stage assay provider results from the probe development effort to identify inhibitors of PAFAH2: Fluorescence-based biochemical gel-based Activity-Based Protein Profiling (ABPP) inhibition and selectivity to assess carbamate vs. triazole urea scaffold. ..more
BioActive Compound: 1
Source (MLPCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center (SRIMSC)
Center Affiliation: The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)
Assay Provider: Brian Bahnson, Univ. of Delaware, Benjamin Cravatt, TSRI
Network: Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN)
Grant Proposal Number: 1R01HL084366
Grant Proposal PI: Brian Bahnson, Univ. of Delaware, Benjamin Cravatt, TSRI
External Assay ID: PAFAH2_INH_FLUO_GEL_1XINH_SEL_SET2
Name: Late stage assay provider results from the probe development effort to identify inhibitors of PAFAH2: Fluorescence-based biochemical gel-based Activity-Based Protein Profiling (ABPP) inhibition and selectivity to assess carbamate vs. triazole urea scaffold.
Oxidative stress has been implicated as an underlying inflammatory factor in several disease pathologies, including cancer, atherosclerosis, aging, and various neurodegenerative disorders (1-5). Phospholipids in particular are susceptible to oxidative damage, and (per)oxidized phospholipids can have deleterious effects, including disruption of membrane bilayers and production of toxic byproducts (4, 6-8). One hypothesized pathway for removal of oxidatively damaged species involves hydrolysis by phospholipase A2-type enzymes. Candidate hydrolytic enzymes include the platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolases (PAFAHs) (4,9). The initial role assigned to the PAFAHs was the hydrolysis of platelet activating factor (PAF) (10,11), a potent pro-inflammatory phospholipid signaling molecule (12), which plays a role in myriad physiological processes including inflammation, anaphylaxis, fetal development, and reproduction (4,13). The PAFAHs are subdivided into three classes: plasma (p)PAFAH, and intracellular types 1 and 2. In terms of sequence homology, pPAFAH and PAFAH2 are close homologs and show little similarity to type 1 enzymes. This project aims to develop specific inhibitors for pPAFAH and three counterscreen enzymes: PAFAH2, PAFAH1b2, and PAFAH1b3.
pPAFAH is associated with inflammatory pathways involved in atherosclerosis, asthma, anaphylactic shock, and other allergic reactions (14,15). Numerous studies have also linked increases in pPAFAH concentration and/or activity to an increased risk of various cardiovascular diseases (16,17); however, the biological function of pPAFAH in the development of coronary heart diseases is controversial, with both anti- and proinflammatory roles attributed to it (18,19). Dr. Bahnson and colleagues recently reported the first high-resolution crystal structure of pPAFAH (20), and would like to expand their studies to co-crystallize pPAFAH with substrate-mimetic inhibitors to further define the active site and substrate specificity of pPAFAH. While one selective pPAFAH inhibitor has been reported (21), its properties are not suitable for the proposed studies.
PAFAH2 has also been shown to play a role in inflammatory processes via hydrolysis of oxidized phospholipids. Over-expression of PAFAH2 has been shown to reduce oxidative stress-induced cell death (22,23) and to mediate repair of oxidative-stress induced tissue injury (4). The enzyme also undergoes N-terminal myristoylation and subsequent translocation to the membrane under conditions of oxidative stress (22,23). This evidence suggests that PAFAH2 functions as an important, and perhaps primary, antioxidant enzyme in certain tissues (4); however, its substrate specificity and pathway involvement are far from being fully elucidated. Currently no suitable inhibitors exist for co-crystallization or biochemical studies of PAFAH2.
Given the complex biology of the PAFAH enzymes, chemical tools capable of interrogating enzyme architecture and providing precise temporal control over PAFAH activity are necessary for complete characterization of patho/physiological roles of the PAFAHs in phospholipid metabolism and inflammatory disease processes. Towards that goal, we developed a HTS assay for inhibitor discovery for four PAFAH enzymes: pPAFAH, PAFAH2, PAFAH1b2, and PAFAH1b3, based on their reactivity with the serine-hydrolase-specific fluorophosphonate (FP) (24) activity-based protein profiling (ABPP) probe. This reactivity can be exploited for inhibitor discovery using a competitive-ABPP platform, whereby small molecule enzyme inhibition is assessed by the ability to out-compete ABPP probe labeling (25). Competitive ABPP has also been configured to operate in a high-throughput manner via fluorescence polarization readout, FluoPol-ABPP (26). Following the HTS campaign, top inhibitors for each enzyme will be characterized and medchem optimized with the goal of delivering key reagents for elucidating the biology of the PAFAH enzymes.
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The purpose of this assay is to determine whether powder samples of test compounds of different chemotypes-carbamate and triazole urea-can inhibit PAFAH2 in a complex proteomic lysate and to estimate compound selectivity in an activity-based proteomic profiling (ABPP) assay. In this assay, a complex proteome is incubated with test compound followed by reaction with a rhodamine-conjugated fluorophosphonate (FP-Rh) activity-based probe. The reaction products are separated by SDS-PAGE and visualized in-gel using a flatbed fluorescence scanner. The percentage activity remaining is determined by measuring the integrated optical density (IOD) of the bands. As designed, test compounds that act as PAFAH2 inhibitors will prevent enzyme-probe interactions, thereby decreasing the proportion of bound fluorescent probe, giving lower fluorescence intensity in the band in the gel. Percent inhibition is calculated relative to a DMSO (no compound) control.
Soluble proteome (1 mg/ml in DPBS) of BW5147-derived murine T cells was treated with 20 uM test compound (1 uL of a 50x stock in DMSO). Test compounds were incubated for 30 minutes at 25 C (50 uL reaction volume). FP-Rh (1 uL of 50x stock in DMSO) was added to a final concentration of 2 uM. The reaction was incubated for 30 minutes at 25 C, quenched with 2x SDS-PAGE loading buffer, separated by SDS-PAGE and visualized by in-gel fluorescent scanning. The percentage activity remaining was determined by measuring the integrated optical density of the target (PAFAH2) and anti-target (N-acylaminoacyl-peptide hydrolase [APEH], alpha/beta hydrolase domain-containing protein 11 [ABHD11], esterase D/formylglutathione hydrolase [ESD], lysophospholipase 1 [LYPLA1], and lysophospholipase 2 [LYPLA2]) bands relative to a DMSO-only (no compound) control.
%_Inhibition = ( 1 - ( IOD_Test_Compound - IOD_Low_Control ) / ( IOD_High_Control - IOD_Low_Control ) ) * 100
Test_Compound is defined as target or anti-target in cells treated with test compound.
High_Control is defined as target or anti-target in cells treated with DMSO only (no compound).
Low_Control is defined as background in a blank region of the gel.
PubChem Activity Outcome and Score:
The following applies to each panel in this assay:
Compounds with greater than or equal to 50% inhibition were considered active. Compounds with less than 50% inhibition were considered inactive.
The reported PubChem Activity Score has been normalized to 100% observed inhibition. Negative % inhibition values are reported as activity score zero.
PAFAH2 Score: The PubChem Activity Score range for active compounds is 100-100, and for inactive compounds 0-0.
ABHD11 Score: The PubChem Activity Score range for active compounds is 100-100. There are no inactive compounds.
APEH Score: The PubChem Activity Score range for active compounds is 100-100, and for inactive compounds 0-0.
ESD Score: The PubChem Activity Score range for active compounds is 100-100, and for inactive compounds 0-0.
LYPLA1 Score: The PubChem Activity Score range for active compounds is 100-100, and for inactive compounds 0-0.
LYPLA2 Score: The PubChem Activity Score range for active compounds is 100-100, and for inactive compounds 0-0.
Overall Outcome and Score:
Compounds that were active for inhibition of PAFAH2 were assigned a PubChem Activity Outcome of active, regardless of inhibition of anti-targets. Compounds that were inactive for PAFAH2 were assigned a PubChem Activity Outcome of inactive, regardless of inhibition of anti-targets.
The PubChem Activity Score is assigned a value of 100 for active compounds, and 0 for inactive compounds.
The PubChem Activity Score range for active compounds is 100-100, and for inactive compounds 0-0.
List of Reagents:
Soluble proteome of BW5147-derived murine T-cells
FP-Rh (provided by the Assay Provider)
DPBS (Cellgro 20-031-CV)
This assay was performed by the assay provider with powder samples of synthetic compounds.
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