Pyrazine-derived disulfide-reducing agent for chemical biology.
ABSTRACT: For fifty years, dithiothreitol (DTT) has been the preferred reagent for the reduction of disulfide bonds in proteins and other biomolecules. Herein we report on the synthesis and characterization of 2,3-bis(mercaptomethyl)pyrazine (BMMP), a readily accessible disulfide-reducing agent with reactivity under biological conditions that is markedly superior to DTT and other known reagents.
Project description:Dithiothreitol (DTT) is the standard reagent for reducing disulfide bonds between and within biological molecules. At neutral pH, however, >99% of DTT thiol groups are protonated and thus unreactive. Herein, we report on (2S)-2-amino-1,4-dimercaptobutane (dithiobutylamine or DTBA), a dithiol that can be synthesized from l-aspartic acid in a few high-yielding steps that are amenable to a large-scale process. DTBA has thiol pK(a) values that are ~1 unit lower than those of DTT and forms a disulfide with a similar E°' value. DTBA reduces disulfide bonds in both small molecules and proteins faster than does DTT. The amino group of DTBA enables its isolation by cation-exchange and facilitates its conjugation. These attributes indicate that DTBA is a superior reagent for reducing disulfide bonds in aqueous solution.
Project description:A series of block copolymers based on 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) were synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Incorporation of dihydrolipoic acid (DHLA) into the hydrophobic block led to formation of block copolymer micelles in water. The micelles were between 15 and 30 nm in diameter, as characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), with some size control achieved by adjusting the hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance. Cross-linked micelles were prepared by disulfide formation, and observed to be stable in solution for weeks. The micelles proved amenable to disassembly when treated with a reducing agent, such as dithiothreitol (DTT), and represent a potential delivery platform for chemotherapeutic agents. As a proof-of-concept, camptothecin (CPT) was conjugated to the polymer scaffold through a disulfide linkage, and release of the drug from the micelle was monitored by fluorescence spectroscopy. These CPT-loaded prodrug micelles showed a reduction in release rate compared to physically encapsulated CPT. The use of disulfide conjugation facilitated drug release under reducing conditions, with a half-life (t1/2) of 5.5 h in the presence of 3 mM DTT, compared to 28 h in PBS. The toxicity of the micellar prodrugs was evaluated in cell culture against human breast (MCF7) and colorectal (COLO205) cancer cell lines.
Project description:We have identified and characterized the Escherichia coli gene dsbB, whose product is required for disulfide bond formation of periplasmic proteins, by using two different approaches: (i) screening of a multicopy plasmid library for clones which protect E. coli from the lethal effects of dithiothreitol (DTT), and (ii) screening of insertion libraries of E. coli for DTT-sensitive mutants. Mapping and characterization of mutations conferring a DTT-sensitive phenotype also identified the dsbA, trxA, and trxB genes, whose products are involved in different oxidation-reduction pathways. Null mutations in dsbB conferred pleiotropic phenotypes such as sensitivity to benzylpenicillin and inability to support plaque formation of filamentous phages, and they were shown to severely affect disulfide bond oxidation of secreted proteins such as OmpA and beta-lactamase. These phenotypes resemble the phenotype of bacteria carrying either a null mutation in the dsbA gene or the double mutation dsbA dsbB. Sequencing and expression of the dsbB gene revealed that it encodes a 20-kDa protein predicted to possess an "exchangeable" disulfide bond in -Cys-Val-Leu-Cys-. The dsbB gene maps at 26.5 min on the genetic map of the E. coli chromosome, and its transcription is directed from two promoters, neither of which resembles the canonical E sigma 70-recognized promoter.
Project description:The resistant-nodulation-division (RND) superfamily member tripartite AcrA-AcrB-TolC efflux pump is a major contributor to the multidrug resistance in Escherichia coli. AcrB is the inner membrane protein of the efflux complex and is responsible for the recognition and binding of compounds before their transportation out of the cell. Understanding the dynamics of AcrB during functional rotation in the process of drug efflux is the focus of this study. For this purpose, we introduced six inter-subunit disulfide bonds into the periplasmic domain of AcrB using site-directed mutagenesis to study the importance of the relative flexibility at the inter-subunit interface. Western blot analysis revealed the formation of disulfide bond-linked AcrB oligomers, which were reduced into monomers under reducing conditions. The impact of mutation and formation of disulfide bond on efflux were evaluated via comparison of the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of an acrB knockout strain expressing different mutants. The double Cys mutants tested led to equal or higher susceptibility to AcrB substrates compared to their corresponding single mutants. To determine if the reduction of activity in a double mutant is due to restriction on conformational changes by the disulfide bond formation, ethidium bromide accumulation assays were conducted utilizing dithiothreitol (DTT) as the reducing agent. In two cases, the activities of the double Cys mutants were partially restored by DTT reduction, confirming the importance of relative movement in the respective location for function. These findings provide new insights into the dynamics of the AcrAB-TolC efflux pump in E. coli.
Project description:To date, only a handful of phosphoproteins with important biological functions have been identified and characterized in oral fluids, and these include some of the abundant protein constituents of saliva. Whole saliva (WS) samples were trypsin digested, followed by chemical derivatization using dithiothreitol (DTT) of the phospho-serine/threonine-containing peptides. The DTT-phosphopeptides were enriched by covalent disulfide-thiol interchange chromatography and analysis by nanoflow liquid chromatography and electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS). The specificity of DTT chemical derivatization was evaluated separately under different base-catalyzed conditions with NaOH and Ba(OH)(2), blocking cysteine residues by iodoacetamide and enzymatic O-deglycosylation prior to DTT reaction. Further analysis of WS samples that were subjected to either of these conditions provided supporting evidence for phosphoprotein identifications. The combined chemical strategies and mass spectrometric analyses identified 65 phosphoproteins in WS; of these, 28 were based on two or more peptide identification criteria with high confidence and 37 were based on a single phosphopeptide identification. Most of the identified proteins (?80%) were previously unknown phosphoprotein components. This study represents the first large-scale documentation of phosphoproteins of WS. The origins and identity of WS phosphoproteome suggest significant implications for both basic science and the development of novel biomarkers/diagnostic tools for systemic and oral disease states.
Project description:We induced ER stress in Jurkat T-cells with dithiothreitol (DTT), which reduces the protein disulfide bonds and causes the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the ER lumen. For assessment of DTT effects on cells, we performed Affymetrix whole transcriptome gene expression analysis. The cells were treated for 6 hours with 2.5 mM Dithiothreitol (Sigma-Aldrich). Total RNA was isolated from DTT-treated (2 replicates) and control (2 replicates) Jurkat cells and hybridized to a gene expression arrays (GeneChip Gene 1.0 ST Array System; Affymetrix, Santa Clara, CA).
Project description:Deinococcus radiodurans R1 exposed to a lethal dose of cadmium shows differential expression of a large number of genes, including frnE (drfrnE) and some of those involved in DNA repair and oxidative stress tolerance. The drfrnE::nptII mutant of D. radiodurans showed growth similar to that of the wild type, but its tolerance to 10 mM cadmium and 10 mM diamide decreased by ~15- and ~3-fold, respectively. These cells also showed nearly 6 times less resistance to gamma radiation at 12 kGy and ~2-fold-higher sensitivity to 40 mM hydrogen peroxide than the wild type. In trans expression of drFrnE increased cytotoxicity of dithiothreitol (DTT) in the dsbA mutant of Escherichia coli. Recombinant drFrnE showed disulfide isomerase activity and could maintain insulin in its reduced form in the presence of DTT. While an equimolar ratio of wild-type protein could protect malate dehydrogenase completely from thermal denaturation at 42 °C, the C22S mutant of drFrnE provided reduced protection to malate dehydrogenase from thermal inactivation. These results suggested that drFrnE is a protein disulfide isomerase in vitro and has a role in oxidative stress tolerance of D. radiodurans possibly by protecting the damaged cellular proteins from inactivation.
Project description:The mechanism by which mechanical force regulates the kinetics of a chemical reaction is unknown. Here, we use single-molecule force-clamp spectroscopy and protein engineering to study the effect of force on the kinetics of thiol/disulfide exchange. Reduction of disulfide bonds through the thiol/disulfide exchange chemical reaction is crucial in regulating protein function and is known to occur in mechanically stressed proteins. We apply a constant stretching force to single engineered disulfide bonds and measure their rate of reduction by DTT. Although the reduction rate is linearly dependent on the concentration of DTT, it is exponentially dependent on the applied force, increasing 10-fold over a 300-pN range. This result predicts that the disulfide bond lengthens by 0.34 A at the transition state of the thiol/disulfide exchange reaction. Our work at the single bond level directly demonstrates that thiol/disulfide exchange in proteins is a force-dependent chemical reaction. Our findings suggest that mechanical force plays a role in disulfide reduction in vivo, a property that has never been explored by traditional biochemistry. Furthermore, our work also indicates that the kinetics of any chemical reaction that results in bond lengthening will be force-dependent.
Project description:Many in-vitro experiments performed to study the response of thiol-containing proteins to changes in environmental redox potentials use dithiothreitol (DTT) to maintain a preset redox environment throughout the experiments. However, the gradual oxidation of DTT during the course of the experiments, and the interaction between DTT and other components in the system, can significantly alter the initial redox potential and complicate data interpretation. Having an internal reporter of the actual redox potential of the assayed sample facilitates direct correlation of biochemical findings with experimental redox status. Reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) is a widely used, well-established tool for analysis and purification of biomolecules, including proteins and peptides. Here, we describe a simple, robust, and quantitative RP-HPLC method we developed and tested for determination of the experimental redox potential of an in-vitro sample at the time of the experiment. It exploits the specific UV-absorbance of the oxidized intrinsic DTT in the samples and retains the high resolving power and high sensitivity of RP-HPLC with UV detection.
Project description:We use single-molecule force clamp spectroscopy (SMFCS) to explore the reactivity of tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine (TCEP), 1, 4-dl-dithiothreitol (DTT) and hydrosulfide anion (HS(-)) on disulfide bonds within a mechanically stretched polypeptide. The single-bond level bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (S(N)2) events are recorded at a series of precisely controlled temperatures so that the Arrhenius kinetic parameters, that is, the height of the activation energy barrier (E(a)) and the attempting frequency (A) of the chemical reactions, can be determined. The values of A are typically at the order of 10(7) M(-1) s(-1), which is far lower than that predicted by the transition-state theory, in which A is given by k(B)T/h and around 10(12) M(-1) s(-1) at room temperature. Furthermore, E(a) is derived to be 30-40 kJ/mol, which can be lowered by ?6-8% with every 100 pN mechanical force applied. The correlation of the A and E(a) with the molecular structures reveals that the relative magnitude of these two parameters cannot be simply judged from the size of the molecule or the nucleophilicity of the attacking atom. The comparison of the influences on the reaction rate induced by force and temperature indicates an equivalent accelerating effect by every 50 pN or 10 K increment, giving for the first time the relationship between mechanical and thermal effects on a single-molecule S(N)2 chemical reaction.