Arsenoplatin-1 (AP-1) is a dual-action anticancer metallodrug with a promising pharmacological profile that features the simultaneous presence of a cisplatin-like center and an arsenite center. We investigated its interactions with proteins through a joint experimental and theoretical approach. The reactivity of AP-1 with a variety of proteins, including carbonic anhydrase (CA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), myoglobin (Mb), glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), and human serum albumin (HSA), was analyzed by means of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI MS) measurements. In accordance with previous observations, ESI MS experiments revealed that the obtained metallodrug-protein adducts originated from the binding of the [(AP-1)-Cl]+ fragment to accessible protein residues. Remarkably, in two cases, i.e., Mb and GAPDH, the formation of a bound metallic fragment that lacked the arsenic center was highlighted. The reactions of AP-1 with various nucleophiles side chains of neutral histidine, methionine, cysteine, and selenocysteine, in neutral form as well as cysteine and selenocysteine in anionic form, were subsequently analyzed through a computational approach. We found that the aquation of AP-1 is energetically disfavored, with a reaction free energy of +19.2 kcal/mol demonstrating that AP-1 presumably attacks its biological targets through the exchange of the chloride ligand. The theoretical analysis of thermodynamics and kinetics for the ligand-exchange processes of AP-1 with His, Met, Cys, Sec, Cys-, and Sec- side chain models unveils that only neutral histidine and deprotonated cysteine and selenocysteine are able to effectively replace the chloride ligand in AP-1.

Reactions of Arsenoplatin-1 with Protein Targets: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study

Cirri D.
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Marzo T.;
2021-01-01

Abstract

Arsenoplatin-1 (AP-1) is a dual-action anticancer metallodrug with a promising pharmacological profile that features the simultaneous presence of a cisplatin-like center and an arsenite center. We investigated its interactions with proteins through a joint experimental and theoretical approach. The reactivity of AP-1 with a variety of proteins, including carbonic anhydrase (CA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), myoglobin (Mb), glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), and human serum albumin (HSA), was analyzed by means of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI MS) measurements. In accordance with previous observations, ESI MS experiments revealed that the obtained metallodrug-protein adducts originated from the binding of the [(AP-1)-Cl]+ fragment to accessible protein residues. Remarkably, in two cases, i.e., Mb and GAPDH, the formation of a bound metallic fragment that lacked the arsenic center was highlighted. The reactions of AP-1 with various nucleophiles side chains of neutral histidine, methionine, cysteine, and selenocysteine, in neutral form as well as cysteine and selenocysteine in anionic form, were subsequently analyzed through a computational approach. We found that the aquation of AP-1 is energetically disfavored, with a reaction free energy of +19.2 kcal/mol demonstrating that AP-1 presumably attacks its biological targets through the exchange of the chloride ligand. The theoretical analysis of thermodynamics and kinetics for the ligand-exchange processes of AP-1 with His, Met, Cys, Sec, Cys-, and Sec- side chain models unveils that only neutral histidine and deprotonated cysteine and selenocysteine are able to effectively replace the chloride ligand in AP-1.
2021
Tolbatov, I.; Cirri, D.; Tarchi, M.; Marzo, T.; Coletti, C.; Marrone, A.; Messori, L.; Re, N.; Massai, L.
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