(1/172) EPR spin trapping and 2-deoxyribose degradation studies of the effect of pyridoxal isonicotinoyl hydrazone (PIH) on *OH formation by the Fenton reaction.

The search for effective iron chelating agents was primarily driven by the need to treat iron-loading refractory anemias such as beta-thalassemia major. However, there is a potential for therapeutic use of iron chelators in non-iron overload conditions. Iron can, under appropriate conditions, catalyze the production of toxic oxygen radicals which have been implicated in numerous pathologies and, hence, iron chelators may be useful as inhibitors of free radical-mediated tissue damage. We have developed the orally effective iron chelator pyridoxal isonicotinoyl hydrazone (PIH) and demonstrated that it inhibits iron-mediated oxyradical formation and their effects (e.g. 2-deoxyribose oxidative degradation, lipid peroxidation and plasmid DNA breaks). In this study we further characterized the mechanism of the antioxidant action of PIH and some of its analogs against *OH formation from the Fenton reaction. Using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) with 5, 5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO) as a spin trap for *OH we showed that PIH and salicylaldehyde isonicotinoyl hydrazone (SIH) inhibited Fe(II)-dependent production of *OH from H2O2. Moreover, PIH protected 2-deoxyribose against oxidative degradation induced by Fe(II) and H2O2. The protective effect of PIH against both DMPO hydroxylation and 2-deoxyribose degradation was inversely proportional to Fe(II) concentration. However, PIH did not change the primary products of the Fenton reaction as indicated by EPR experiments on *OH-mediated ethanol radical formation. Furthermore, PIH dramatically enhanced the rate of Fe(II) oxidation to Fe(III) in the presence of oxygen, suggesting that PIH decreases the concentration of Fe(II) available for the Fenton reaction. These results suggest that PIH and SIH deserve further investigation as inhibitors of free-radical mediated tissue damage.  (+info)

(2/172) Urocanic acid isomers are good hydroxyl radical scavengers: a comparative study with structural analogues and with uric acid.

UV-exposure of the epidermis leads to the isomerisation of trans-UCA into cis-UCA as well as to the generation of hydroxyl radicals. This study shows by means of the deoxyribose degradation test that UCA isomers are more powerful hydroxyl radical scavengers than the other 4-(5-)substituted imidazole derivatives, such as histidine, though less powerful than uric acid. UCA, present in relatively high concentrations in the epidermis, may well be a major natural hydroxyl radical scavenger.  (+info)

(3/172) Iron-dependent human platelet activation and hydroxyl radical formation: involvement of protein kinase C.

BACKGROUND: Iron is an important modulator of lipid peroxidation, and its levels have been associated with the progression of atherosclerosis. Little is known about the possibility that this metal, when released from tissue stores, may modulate the reactivity of blood cell components, in particular platelets. Therefore, we investigated a possible link between iron, oxygen free radical formation, and platelet function. METHODS AND RESULTS: Human whole blood was stimulated with collagen 2 micrograms/mL, and an irreversible aggregation with thromboxane (Tx)B2 formation was observed (15+/-4 versus 130+/-10 ng/mL). Deferoxamine (DSF), a specific iron chelator, and catalase, an H2O2 scavenger, inhibited collagen-induced whole-blood aggregation. The aggregation was accompanied by an increase in hydroxyl radical (OH.) levels (30+/-8 versus 205+/-20 nmol/L dihydroxybenzoates), which were reduced by DSF and by 2 specific OH. scavengers, mannitol and deoxyribose. Iron (Fe2+) dose-dependently induced platelet aggregation, TxB2 formation (6+/-2 versus 135+/-8 ng/mL), and protein kinase C (PKC) translocation from the cytosol to the cell membrane when added to platelets that have been primed with a low concentration of collagen (0.2 micrograms/mL). In the same system, an increase in OH. levels was observed (37+/-12 versus 230+/-20 nmol/L dihydroxybenzoates). Mannitol and deoxyribose, but not urea, were able to reduce OH. formation, PKC activation, and platelet aggregation. Selective inhibition of PKC activity by GF 109203X prevented iron-dependent platelet aggregation without influencing OH. production. CONCLUSIONS: The present study shows that iron can directly interact with human platelets, resulting in their activation. Its action is mediated by OH. formation and involves PKC activity. Our findings provide an additional contribution to the understanding of the mechanism(s) by which iron overload might promote atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.  (+info)

(4/172) Solution structure and dynamics of the A-T tract DNA decamer duplex d(GGTAATTACC)2: implications for recognition by minor groove binding drugs.

The structure of the DNA decamer duplex d(GGTAATTACC)(2) has been determined using NMR distance restraints and molecular dynamics simulations of 500 ps to 1 ns in aqueous solution at 300 K. Using both canonical A and canonical B starting structures [root-mean-square deviation (RMSD) 4.6 A; 1 A=10(-10) m], with and without experimental restraints, we show that all four simulations converge to a similar envelope of final conformations with B-like helical parameters (pairwise RMSD 1.27-2.03 A between time-averaged structures). While the two restrained simulations reach a stable trajectory after 300-400 ps, the unrestrained trajectories take longer to equilibrate. We have analysed the dynamic aspects of these structures (sugar pucker, helical twist, roll, propeller twist and groove width) and show that the minor groove width in the AATT core of the duplex fluctuates significantly, sampling both wide and narrow conformations. The structure does not have the highly pre-organized narrow minor groove generally regarded as essential for recognition and binding by small molecules, suggesting that ligand binding carries with it a significant component of 'induced-fit'. Our simulations show that there are significant differences in structure between the TpA step (where p=phosphate) and the ApA and ApT steps, where a large roll into the major groove at the TpA step appears to be an important factor in widening the minor groove at this position.  (+info)

(5/172) DNA bending and sequence-dependent backbone conformation NMR and computer experiments.

Although DNA bending plays a crucial role in several biological processes, very little is known experimentally about the relationship between sugar phosphate conformation and sequence directed bending. In this paper, we determine the coupling constants for a nonself-complementary 11-mer A-tract DNA duplex from 2D NMR experiments and along each chain of the duplex, we report the sugar pucker, torsional preferences and conformational averaging about the C3'-O3', C4'-C5' and C5'-O5' bonds for each nucleotide. The A-tract exists as an equilibrium blend of canonical B-form and noncanonical B-form in which the exocyclic C4'-C5' bond is in trans conformation as in the original Watson-Crick model [Crick, F.H.C. & Watson, J.D. (1954) Proc. Roy. Soc. (London), A223, 80-96]. The trans conformation at the C4'-C5' can increase the interphosphate distance and lead to local unwinding of the duplex and rolling of the base pair into the major groove. This will create a kink or hinge. At the 3'-end of the A-tract in the purine-thymine step, the duplex is compressed by the presence of a junction between A and B forms of DNA exclusively in one strand, with consequent reduction of the phosphate-phosphate distance. The coupling constant data seriously disagree with the A-tract DNA bending model of Crothers [Koo, H.-S., Wu, H.-M. & Crothers, D.M. (1986) Nature 320, 501-506], but is in agreement with the finding of Leroy et al. [Leroy, J.-L., Charretier, E., Kochoyan, M. & Gueron, M. (1988) Biochemistry 27, 8894-8898] that the structure that drives bending in the A-tract is locally different from B-DNA. Structural distortions are extremely localized with little or no propagation. It is likely that transcription factor proteins recognize these preexisting deformations in the free DNA itself and mold it into the matrix of the protein.  (+info)

(6/172) Polyphenol tannic acid inhibits hydroxyl radical formation from Fenton reaction by complexing ferrous ions.

Tannic acid (TA), a plant polyphenol, has been described as having antimutagenic, anticarcinogenic and antioxidant activities. Since it is a potent chelator of iron ions, we decided to examine if the antioxidant activity of TA is related to its ability to chelate iron ions. The degradation of 2-deoxyribose induced by 6 microM Fe(II) plus 100 microM H2O2 was inhibited by TA, with an I50 value of 13 microM. Tannic acid was over three orders of magnitude more efficient in protecting against 2-deoxyribose degradation than classical *OH scavengers. The antioxidant potency of TA was inversely proportional to Fe(II) concentration, demonstrating a competition between H2O2 and AT for reaction with Fe(II). On the other hand, the efficiency of TA was nearly unchanged with increasing concentrations of the *OH detector molecule, 2-deoxyribose. These results indicate that the antioxidant activity of TA is mainly due to iron chelation rather than *OH scavenging. TA also inhibited 2-deoxyribose degradation mediated by Fe(III)-EDTA (iron = 50 microM) plus ascorbate. The protective action of TA was significantly higher with 50 microM EDTA than with 500 microM EDTA, suggesting that TA removes Fe(III) from EDTA and forms a complex with iron that cannot induce *OH formation. We also provided evidence that TA forms a stable complex with Fe(II), since excess ferrozine (14 mM) recovered 95-96% of the Fe(II) from 10 microM TA even after a 30-min exposure to 100-500 microM H2O2. Addition of Fe(III) to samples containing TA caused the formation of Fe(II)n-TA, complexes, as determined by ferrozine assays, indicating that TA is also capable of reducing Fe(III) ions. We propose that when Fe(II) is complexed to TA, it is unable to participate in Fenton reactions and mediate *OH formation. The antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic activity of TA, described elsewhere, may be explained (at least in part) by its capacity to prevent Fenton reactions.  (+info)

(7/172) Genetic and biochemical characterization of Salmonella enterica serovar typhi deoxyribokinase.

We identified in the genome of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi the gene encoding deoxyribokinase, deoK. Two other genes, vicinal to deoK, were determined to encode the putative deoxyribose transporter (deoP) and a repressor protein (deoQ). This locus, located between the uhpA and ilvN genes, is absent in Escherichia coli. The deoK gene inserted on a plasmid provides a selectable marker in E. coli for growth on deoxyribose-containing medium. Deoxyribokinase is a 306-amino-acid protein which exhibits about 35% identity with ribokinase from serovar Typhi, S. enterica serovar Typhimurium, or E. coli. The catalytic properties of the recombinant deoxyribokinase overproduced in E. coli correspond to those previously described for the enzyme isolated from serovar Typhimurium. From a sequence comparison between serovar Typhi deoxyribokinase and E. coli ribokinase, whose crystal structure was recently solved, we deduced that a key residue differentiating ribose and deoxyribose is Met10, which in ribokinase is replaced by Asn14. Replacement by site-directed mutagenesis of Met10 with Asn decreased the V(max) of deoxyribokinase by a factor of 2.5 and increased the K(m) for deoxyribose by a factor of 70, compared to the parent enzyme.  (+info)

(8/172) Molecular dynamics simulations of the d(CCAACGTTGG)(2) decamer: influence of the crystal environment.

Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the DNA duplex d(CCAACGTTGG)(2) were used to study the relationship between DNA sequence and structure. Two crystal simulations were carried out; one consisted of one unit cell containing two duplexes, and the other of two unit cells containing four duplexes. Two solution simulations were also carried out, one starting from canonical B-DNA and the other starting from the crystal structure. For many helicoidal parameters, the results from the crystal and solution simulations were essentially identical. However, for other parameters, in particular, alpha, gamma, delta, (epsilon - zeta), phase, and helical twist, differences between crystal and solution simulations were apparent. Notably, during crystal simulations, values of helical twist remained comparable to those in the crystal structure, to include the sequence-dependent differences among base steps, in which values ranged from 20 degrees to 50 degrees per base step. However, in the solution simulations, not only did the average values of helical twist decrease to approximately 30 degrees per base step, but every base step was approximately 30 degrees, suggesting that the sequence-dependent information may be lost. This study reveals that MD simulations of the crystal environment complement solution simulations in validating the applicability of MD to the analysis of DNA structure.  (+info)