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An approach to enzyme inhibition employing reversible boronate ester formation

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Abstract

Dynamic combinatorial chemistry (DCC) is a potentially useful method for the identification of biomacromolecule ligands; however, the number of reactions applicable to DCC in aqueous solution is limited. We report studies that investigate the reversible reaction of boronic acids with alcohols as an approach to enzyme inhibition, employing α-chymotrypsin as a model system. NMR techniques (11B NMR and 1H waterLOGSY) were used to observe ternary complexes of boronic acids, sugars and α-chymotrypsin, and were useful for distinguishing preferentially binding combinations of boronic acids and sugars. The results reveal that both the propensity of boronate ester formation in solution and affinity of the boronate ester for the target enzyme determine whether ternary complex formation is observed. The results also provide proof of principle for the boronate ester approach to DCC versusprotein targets.

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The article was received on 17 Jan 2011, accepted on 15 Feb 2011 and first published on 07 Mar 2011


Article type: Concise Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1MD00011J
Citation: Med. Chem. Commun., 2011,2, 390-395
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    An approach to enzyme inhibition employing reversible boronate ester formation

    I. K. H. Leung, T. Brown Jr, C. J. Schofield and T. D. W. Claridge, Med. Chem. Commun., 2011, 2, 390
    DOI: 10.1039/C1MD00011J

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