Inhibition and Mechanism of Plasmodium falciparum Hypoxanthine-Guanine-Xanthine Phosphoribosyltransferase

Yacoba V.T. Minnow, Kajitha Suthagar, Keith Clinch, Rodrigo G. Ducati, Agnidipta Ghosh, Joshua N. Buckler, Rajesh K. Harijan, Sean M. Cahill, Peter C. Tyler, Vern L. Schramm

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Plasmodium falciparum hypoxanthine-guanine-xanthine phosphoribosyltransferase (PfHGXPRT) is essential for purine salvage of hypoxanthine into parasite purine nucleotides. Transition state analogue inhibitors of PfHGXPRT are characterized by kinetic analysis, thermodynamic parameters, and X-ray crystal structures. Compound 1, 9-deazaguanine linked to an acyclic ribocation phosphonate mimic, shows a kinetic Ki of 0.5 nM. Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) experiments of 1 binding to PfHGXPRT reveal enthalpically driven binding with negative cooperativity for the binding of two inhibitor molecules in the tetrameric enzyme. Crystal structures of 1 bound to PfHGXPRT define the hydrogen bond and ionic contacts to complement binding thermodynamics. Dynamics of ribosyl transfer from 5-phospho-α-d-ribosyl 1-pyrophosphate (PRPP) to hypoxanthine were examined by 18O isotope exchange at the bridging phosphoryl oxygen of PRPP pyrophosphate. Rotational constraints or short transition state lifetimes prevent torsional rotation and positional isotope exchange of bridging to nonbridging oxygen in the α-pyrophosphoryl group. Thermodynamic analysis of the transition state analogue and magnesium pyrophosphate binding reveal random and cooperative binding to PfHGXPRT, unlike the obligatory ordered reaction kinetics reported earlier for substrate kinetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3407-3419
Number of pages13
JournalACS Chemical Biology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 16 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine


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