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Current Enzyme Inhibition


ISSN (Print): 1573-4080
ISSN (Online): 1875-6662

Shape Complementarity in Serine Protease-inhibitor Complexes Correlate to Inhibition Constants

Author(s): Lunminlal Kipgen and Kamal K. Aggarwal

Volume 10, Issue 2, 2014

Page: [94 - 97] Pages: 4

DOI: 10.2174/1573408010666141113214226

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Natural proteinaceous protease inhibitors inhibit through nonproductive binding to proteases and steric blockage of active sites. These complexes are among the most structurally complementary protein-protein interactions. To see if complementarity is correlated to activity, we scored the shape complementarity in 15 serine protease-inhibitor complexes through in silico docking and compared the scores against their reported inhibition constants (Ki). A statistically significant, moderate and positive correlation was observed between shape complementarity and Ki (R = 0.58; P = 0.023). We also analyzed other physicochemical factors involved in serine protease-inhibitor interactions for correlation, but no other factor was correlated to Ki. However, significant correlations were observed between hydrogen bonds and interface areas (R = 0.762; P = 0.0004); and between hydrophobic interactions and free energies of solvation (R = -0.634; P = 0.011).

Keywords: Peptidase inhibition, structure-activity correlation, structure complementarity.

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