A Computational Study of the Oligosaccharide Binding Sites in the Lectin-Like Domain of Tumor Necrosis Factor and the TNF-derived TIP Peptide

Author(s): Alexander Dulebo, Rudiger Ettrich, Rudolf Lucas, David Kaftan

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 18 , Issue 27 , 2012

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The lectin-like domain of Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), mimicked by the TIP peptide, activates amiloride-sensitive sodium uptake in type II alveolar epithelial cells and as such increases alveolar liquid clearance in dysfunctional lungs. This protective effect is blunted upon mutation of residues T105, E107 and E110 in human TNF into alanine or upon pre-incubation of the cytokine with the disaccharide N,N’-diacetylchitobiose. In this study, we used molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulation to predict the binding sites for N,N’-diacetylchitobiose and trimannose-O-ethyl in the lectin-like domain of TNF and in the TIP peptide. Specific sites (K98, S99, P100, Q102 and E116) in the three loops of the lectin-like domain provide specific binding for both oligosaccharides, but none of the residues crucial for anti-edema activity are involved in hydrogen bonding with oligosaccharides or are subjected to steric hindrance by them. These results thus suggest that neither chitobiose nor trimannose affect crucial amino acids, while they occupy the cavity in the lectin-like domain. Consequently, both crucial amino acids and the emptiness of the cavity in the lectin-like domain may be critical for TNF’s lectin-like activity. Analogously, the R4, E5, P7, Y16 amino acids of the TIP peptide are involved in forming hydrogen bonds with both oligosaccharides, whereas residues T6, E8 and E11 (corresponding to T105, E107 and E110 in hTNF) play an important role in stabilizing the peptide-oligosaccharide complex, supporting the hypothesis that amino acids in the polar region (TPEGAE) of the TIP peptide represent only a partial binding motif for sugars.

Keywords: lectin-like domain, tumor necrosis factor, TIP peptide, oligosaccharides, molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulation, alveolar liquid clearance, sodium uptake, amino acids, sugars.

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Year: 2012
Published on: 31 July, 2012
Page: [4236 - 4243]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/138161212802430549
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