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Crystal Structure Of Apobec3a Bound To Single-Stranded Dna Reveals Structural Basis For Cytidine Deamination And Specificity, Takahide Kouno, Tania V. Silvas, Brendan J. Hilbert, Shivender Shandilya, Markus-Frederik Bohn, Brian A. Kelch, William E. Royer, Mohan Somasundaran, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Hiroshi Matsuo, Celia A. Schiffer Jul 2017

Crystal Structure Of Apobec3a Bound To Single-Stranded Dna Reveals Structural Basis For Cytidine Deamination And Specificity, Takahide Kouno, Tania V. Silvas, Brendan J. Hilbert, Shivender Shandilya, Markus-Frederik Bohn, Brian A. Kelch, William E. Royer, Mohan Somasundaran, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Hiroshi Matsuo, Celia A. Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

Nucleic acid editing enzymes are essential components of the immune system that lethally mutate viral pathogens and somatically mutate immunoglobulins, and contribute to the diversification and lethality of cancers. Among these enzymes are the seven human APOBEC3 deoxycytidine deaminases, each with unique target sequence specificity and subcellular localization. While the enzymology and biological consequences have been extensively studied, the mechanism by which APOBEC3s recognize and edit DNA remains elusive. Here we present the crystal structure of a complex of a cytidine deaminase with ssDNA bound in the active site at 2.2 A. This structure not only visualizes the active ...


Structural And Molecular Analysis Of A Protective Epitope Of Lyme Disease Antigen Ospa And Antibody Interactions, Shivender Shandilya, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Ejemel Monir, Andrew Sadowski, William D. Thomas, Mark S. Klempner, Celia A. Schiffer, Yan Wang Aug 2016

Structural And Molecular Analysis Of A Protective Epitope Of Lyme Disease Antigen Ospa And Antibody Interactions, Shivender Shandilya, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Ejemel Monir, Andrew Sadowski, William D. Thomas, Mark S. Klempner, Celia A. Schiffer, Yan Wang

Celia A. Schiffer

The murine monoclonal antibody LA-2 recognizes a clinically protective epitope on outer surface protein (OspA) of Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease in North America. Human antibody equivalence to LA-2 is the best serologic correlate of protective antibody responses following OspA vaccination. Understanding the structural and functional basis of the LA-2 protective epitope is important for developing OspA-based vaccines and discovering prophylactic antibodies against Lyme disease. Here, we present a detailed structure-based analysis of the LA-2/OspA interaction interface and identification of residues mediating antibody recognition. Mutations were introduced into both OspA and LA-2 based on computational predictions ...


The Ssdna Mutator Apobec3a Is Regulated By Cooperative Dimerization, Markus-Frederik Bohn, Shivender Shandilya, Tania Silvas, Ellen Nalivaika, Takahide Kouno, Brian Kelch, Sean Ryder, Nese Yilmaz, Mohan Somasundaran, Celia Schiffer Jan 2016

The Ssdna Mutator Apobec3a Is Regulated By Cooperative Dimerization, Markus-Frederik Bohn, Shivender Shandilya, Tania Silvas, Ellen Nalivaika, Takahide Kouno, Brian Kelch, Sean Ryder, Nese Yilmaz, Mohan Somasundaran, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

Deaminase activity mediated by the human APOBEC3 family of proteins contributes to genomic instability and cancer. APOBEC3A is by far the most active in this family and can cause rapid cell death when overexpressed, but in general how the activity of APOBEC3s is regulated on a molecular level is unclear. In this study, the biochemical and structural basis of APOBEC3A substrate binding and specificity is elucidated. We find that specific binding of single-stranded DNA is regulated by the cooperative dimerization of APOBEC3A. The crystal structure elucidates this homodimer as a symmetric domain swap of the N-terminal residues. This dimer interface ...


Structure Of The Vif-Binding Domain Of The Antiviral Enzyme Apobec3g, Takahide Kouno, Elizabeth Luengas, Megumi Shigematsu, Shivender Shandilya, Jingying Zhang, Luan Chen, Mayuko Hara, Celia Schiffer, Reuben Harris, Hiroshi Matsuo Jan 2016

Structure Of The Vif-Binding Domain Of The Antiviral Enzyme Apobec3g, Takahide Kouno, Elizabeth Luengas, Megumi Shigematsu, Shivender Shandilya, Jingying Zhang, Luan Chen, Mayuko Hara, Celia Schiffer, Reuben Harris, Hiroshi Matsuo

Celia A. Schiffer

The human APOBEC3G (A3G) DNA cytosine deaminase restricts and hypermutates DNA-based parasites including HIV-1. The viral infectivity factor (Vif) prevents restriction by triggering A3G degradation. Although the structure of the A3G catalytic domain is known, the structure of the N-terminal Vif-binding domain has proven more elusive. Here, we used evolution- and structure-guided mutagenesis to solubilize the Vif-binding domain of A3G, thus permitting structural determination by NMR spectroscopy. A smaller zinc-coordinating pocket and altered helical packing distinguish the structure from previous catalytic-domain structures and help to explain the reported inactivity of this domain. This soluble A3G N-terminal domain is bound by ...


Simultaneously Targeting The Ns3 Protease And Helicase Activities For More Effective Hepatitis C Virus Therapy, Jean Ndjomou, M Corby, Noreena Sweeney, Alicia Hanson, Cihan Aydin, Akbar Ali, Celia Schiffer, Kelin Li, Kevin Frankowski, Frank Schoenen, David Frick Jan 2016

Simultaneously Targeting The Ns3 Protease And Helicase Activities For More Effective Hepatitis C Virus Therapy, Jean Ndjomou, M Corby, Noreena Sweeney, Alicia Hanson, Cihan Aydin, Akbar Ali, Celia Schiffer, Kelin Li, Kevin Frankowski, Frank Schoenen, David Frick

Celia A. Schiffer

This study examines the specificity and mechanism of action of a recently reported hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 3 (NS3) helicase-protease inhibitor (HPI), and the interaction of HPI with the NS3 protease inhibitors telaprevir, boceprevir, danoprevir, and grazoprevir. HPI most effectively reduced cellular levels of subgenomic genotype 4a replicons, followed by genotypes 3a and 1b replicons. HPI had no effect on HCV genotype 2a or dengue virus replicon levels. Resistance evolved more slowly to HPI than telaprevir, and HPI inhibited telaprevir-resistant replicons. Molecular modeling and analysis of the ability of HPI to inhibit peptide hydrolysis catalyzed by a variety ...


Structural Basis For Mutation-Induced Destabilization Of Profilin 1 In Als, Sivakumar Boopathy, Tania Silvas, Maeve Tischbein, Silvia Jansen, Shivender Shandilya, Jill Zitzewitz, John Landers, Bruce Goode, Celia Schiffer, Daryl Bosco Jan 2016

Structural Basis For Mutation-Induced Destabilization Of Profilin 1 In Als, Sivakumar Boopathy, Tania Silvas, Maeve Tischbein, Silvia Jansen, Shivender Shandilya, Jill Zitzewitz, John Landers, Bruce Goode, Celia Schiffer, Daryl Bosco

Celia A. Schiffer

Mutations in profilin 1 (PFN1) are associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); however, the pathological mechanism of PFN1 in this fatal disease is unknown. We demonstrate that ALS-linked mutations severely destabilize the native conformation of PFN1 in vitro and cause accelerated turnover of the PFN1 protein in cells. This mutation-induced destabilization can account for the high propensity of ALS-linked variants to aggregate and also provides rationale for their reported loss-of-function phenotypes in cell-based assays. The source of this destabilization is illuminated by the X-ray crystal structures of several PFN1 proteins, revealing an expanded cavity near the protein core of the ...


Inhibition Of Apobec3g Activity Impedes Double-Stranded Dna Repair, Ponnandy Prabhu, Shivender Shandilya, Elena Britan-Rosich, Adi Nagler, Celia Schiffer, Moshe Kotler Jan 2016

Inhibition Of Apobec3g Activity Impedes Double-Stranded Dna Repair, Ponnandy Prabhu, Shivender Shandilya, Elena Britan-Rosich, Adi Nagler, Celia Schiffer, Moshe Kotler

Celia A. Schiffer

The cellular cytidine deaminase APOBEC3G (A3G) was first described as an anti-HIV-1 restriction factor, acting by directly deaminating reverse transcripts of the viral genome. HIV-1 Vif neutralizes the activity of A3G, primarily by mediating degradation of A3G to establish effective infection in host target cells. Lymphoma cells, which express high amounts of A3G, can restrict Vif-deficient HIV-1. Interestingly, these cells are more stable in the face of treatments that result in double-stranded DNA damage, such as ionizing radiation and chemotherapies. Previously, we showed that the Vif-derived peptide (Vif25-39) efficiently inhibits A3G deamination, and increases the sensitivity of lymphoma cells to ...


Rediii: A Pipeline For Automated Structure Solution, Markus-Frederik Bohn, Celia Schiffer Jan 2016

Rediii: A Pipeline For Automated Structure Solution, Markus-Frederik Bohn, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

High-throughput crystallographic approaches require integrated software solutions to minimize the need for manual effort. REdiii is a system that allows fully automated crystallographic structure solution by integrating existing crystallographic software into an adaptive and partly autonomous workflow engine. The program can be initiated after collecting the first frame of diffraction data and is able to perform processing, molecular-replacement phasing, chain tracing, ligand fitting and refinement without further user intervention. Preset values for each software component allow efficient progress with high-quality data and known parameters. The adaptive workflow engine can determine whether some parameters require modifications and choose alternative software strategies ...


Modulation Of Hiv Protease Flexibility By The T80n Mutation, Hao Zhou, Shangyang Li, John Badger, Ellen Nalivaika, Yufeng Cai, Jennifer Foulkes-Murzycki, Celia Schiffer, Lee Makowski Jan 2016

Modulation Of Hiv Protease Flexibility By The T80n Mutation, Hao Zhou, Shangyang Li, John Badger, Ellen Nalivaika, Yufeng Cai, Jennifer Foulkes-Murzycki, Celia Schiffer, Lee Makowski

Celia A. Schiffer

The flexibility of HIV protease (HIVp) plays a critical role in enabling enzymatic activity and is required for substrate access to the active site. While the importance of flexibility in the flaps that cover the active site is well known, flexibility in other parts of the enzyme is also critical for function. One key region is a loop containing Thr 80, which forms the walls of the active site. Although not situated within the active site, amino acid Thr80 is absolutely conserved. The mutation T80N preserves the structure of the enzyme but catalytic activity is completely lost. To investigate the ...


A Direct Interaction With Rna Dramatically Enhances The Catalytic Activity Of The Hiv-1 Protease In Vitro, Marc Potempa, Ellen Nalivaika, Debra Ragland, Sook-Kyung Lee, Celia Schiffer, Ronald Swanstrom Jan 2016

A Direct Interaction With Rna Dramatically Enhances The Catalytic Activity Of The Hiv-1 Protease In Vitro, Marc Potempa, Ellen Nalivaika, Debra Ragland, Sook-Kyung Lee, Celia Schiffer, Ronald Swanstrom

Celia A. Schiffer

Though the steps of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) virion maturation are well documented, the mechanisms regulating the proteolysis of the Gag and Gag-Pro-Pol polyproteins by the HIV-1 protease (PR) remain obscure. One proposed mechanism argues that the maturation intermediate p15NC must interact with RNA for efficient cleavage by the PR. We investigated this phenomenon and found that processing of multiple substrates by the HIV-1 PR was enhanced in the presence of RNA. The acceleration of proteolysis occurred independently from the substrate's ability to interact with nucleic acid, indicating that a direct interaction between substrate and RNA is ...


A Balance Between Inhibitor Binding And Substrate Processing Confers Influenza Drug Resistance, Li Jiang, Ping Liu, Claudia Bank, Nicholas Renzette, Kristina Prachanronarong, L. Yilmaz, Daniel Caffrey, Konstantin Zeldovich, Celia Schiffer, Timothy Kowalik, Jeffrey Jensen, Robert Finberg, Jennifer Wang, Daniel Bolon Jan 2016

A Balance Between Inhibitor Binding And Substrate Processing Confers Influenza Drug Resistance, Li Jiang, Ping Liu, Claudia Bank, Nicholas Renzette, Kristina Prachanronarong, L. Yilmaz, Daniel Caffrey, Konstantin Zeldovich, Celia Schiffer, Timothy Kowalik, Jeffrey Jensen, Robert Finberg, Jennifer Wang, Daniel Bolon

Celia A. Schiffer

The therapeutic benefits of the neuraminidase (NA) inhibitor oseltamivir are dampened by the emergence of drug resistance mutations in influenza A virus (IAV). To investigate the mechanistic features that underlie resistance, we developed an approach to quantify the effects of all possible single-nucleotide substitutions introduced into important regions of NA. We determined the experimental fitness effects of 450 nucleotide mutations encoding positions both surrounding the active site and at more distant sites in an N1 strain of IAV in the presence and absence of oseltamivir. NA mutations previously known to confer oseltamivir resistance in N1 strains, including H275Y and N295S ...


Structural And Thermodynamic Effects Of Macrocyclization In Hcv Ns3/4a Inhibitor Mk-5172, Djade Soumana, Nese Yilmaz, Kristina Prachanronarong, Cihan Aydin, Akbar Ali, Celia Schiffer Jan 2016

Structural And Thermodynamic Effects Of Macrocyclization In Hcv Ns3/4a Inhibitor Mk-5172, Djade Soumana, Nese Yilmaz, Kristina Prachanronarong, Cihan Aydin, Akbar Ali, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

Recent advances in direct-acting antivirals against Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) have led to the development of potent inhibitors, including MK-5172, that target the viral NS3/4A protease with relatively low susceptibility to resistance. MK-5172 has a P2-P4 macrocycle and a unique binding mode among current protease inhibitors where the P2 quinoxaline packs against the catalytic residues H57 and D81. However, the effect of macrocyclization on this binding mode is not clear, as is the relation between macrocyclization, thermodynamic stabilization, and susceptibility to the resistance mutation A156T. We have determined high-resolution crystal structures of linear and P1-P3 macrocyclic analogs of MK-5172 ...


Positive Selection Drives Preferred Segment Combinations During Influenza Virus Reassortment, Konstantin Zeldovich, Ping Liu, Nicholas Renzette, Matthieu Foll, Serena Pham, Sergey Venev, Glen Gallagher, Daniel Bolon, Evelyn Kurt-Jones, Jeffrey Jensen, Daniel Caffrey, Celia Schiffer, Timothy Kowalik, Jennifer Wang, Robert Finberg Jun 2015

Positive Selection Drives Preferred Segment Combinations During Influenza Virus Reassortment, Konstantin Zeldovich, Ping Liu, Nicholas Renzette, Matthieu Foll, Serena Pham, Sergey Venev, Glen Gallagher, Daniel Bolon, Evelyn Kurt-Jones, Jeffrey Jensen, Daniel Caffrey, Celia Schiffer, Timothy Kowalik, Jennifer Wang, Robert Finberg

Celia A. Schiffer

Influenza A virus (IAV) has a segmented genome that allows for the exchange of genome segments between different strains. This reassortment accelerates evolution by breaking linkage, helping IAV cross species barriers to potentially create highly virulent strains. Challenges associated with monitoring the process of reassortment in molecular detail have limited our understanding of its evolutionary implications. We applied a novel deep sequencing approach with quantitative analysis to assess the in vitro temporal evolution of genomic reassortment in IAV. The combination of H1N1 and H3N2 strains reproducibly generated a new H1N2 strain with the hemagglutinin and nucleoprotein segments originating from H1N1 ...


Modulation Of Hiv Protease Flexibility By The T80n Mutation, Hao Zhou, Shangyang Li, John Badger, Ellen Nalivaika, Yufeng Cai, Jennifer Foulkes-Murzycki, Celia Schiffer, Lee Makowski Jun 2015

Modulation Of Hiv Protease Flexibility By The T80n Mutation, Hao Zhou, Shangyang Li, John Badger, Ellen Nalivaika, Yufeng Cai, Jennifer Foulkes-Murzycki, Celia Schiffer, Lee Makowski

Celia A. Schiffer

The flexibility of HIV protease plays a critical role in enabling enzymatic activity and is required for substrate access to the active site. While the importance of flexibility in the flaps that cover the active site is well known, flexibility in other parts of the enzyme is also critical for function. One key region is a loop containing Thr 80 which forms the walls of the active site. Although not situated within the active site, amino acid Thr80 is absolutely conserved. The mutation T80N preserves the structure of the enzyme but catalytic activity is completely lost. To investigate the potential ...


Structural Basis And Distal Effects Of Gag Substrate Coevolution In Drug Resistance To Hiv-1 Protease, Aysegul Ozen, Kuan-Hung Lin, Nese Yilmaz, Celia Schiffer Jan 2015

Structural Basis And Distal Effects Of Gag Substrate Coevolution In Drug Resistance To Hiv-1 Protease, Aysegul Ozen, Kuan-Hung Lin, Nese Yilmaz, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

Drug resistance mutations in response to HIV-1 protease inhibitors are selected not only in the drug target but elsewhere in the viral genome, especially at the protease cleavage sites in the precursor protein Gag. To understand the molecular basis of this protease-substrate coevolution, we solved the crystal structures of drug resistant I50V/A71V HIV-1 protease with p1-p6 substrates bearing coevolved mutations. Analyses of the protease-substrate interactions reveal that compensatory coevolved mutations in the substrate do not restore interactions lost due to protease mutations, but instead establish other interactions that are not restricted to the site of mutation. Mutation of a ...


Evolution Of The Influenza A Virus Genome During Development Of Oseltamivir Resistance In Vitro, Nicholas Renzette, Daniel R. Caffrey, Konstantin B. Zeldovich, Ping Liu, Glen R. Gallagher, Daniel Aiello, Alyssa J. Porter, Evelyn A. Kurt-Jones, Daniel N. Bolon, Yu-Ping Poh, Jeffrey D. Jensen, Celia A. Schiffer, Timothy F. Kowalik, Robert W. Finberg, Jennifer P. Wang Jan 2015

Evolution Of The Influenza A Virus Genome During Development Of Oseltamivir Resistance In Vitro, Nicholas Renzette, Daniel R. Caffrey, Konstantin B. Zeldovich, Ping Liu, Glen R. Gallagher, Daniel Aiello, Alyssa J. Porter, Evelyn A. Kurt-Jones, Daniel N. Bolon, Yu-Ping Poh, Jeffrey D. Jensen, Celia A. Schiffer, Timothy F. Kowalik, Robert W. Finberg, Jennifer P. Wang

Celia A. Schiffer

Influenza A virus (IAV) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Current antiviral therapies include oseltamivir, a neuraminidase inhibitor that prevents the release of nascent viral particles from infected cells. However, the IAV genome can evolve rapidly, and oseltamivir resistance mutations have been detected in numerous clinical samples. Using an in vitro evolution platform and whole-genome population sequencing, we investigated the population genomics of IAV during the development of oseltamivir resistance. Strain A/Brisbane/59/2007 (H1N1) was grown in Madin-Darby canine kidney cells with or without escalating concentrations of oseltamivir over serial passages. Following drug ...


Structural Analysis Of Asunaprevir Resistance In Hcv Ns3/4a Protease, Djade Soumana, Akbar Ali, Celia Schiffer Jan 2015

Structural Analysis Of Asunaprevir Resistance In Hcv Ns3/4a Protease, Djade Soumana, Akbar Ali, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

Asunaprevir (ASV), an isoquinoline-based competitive inhibitor targeting the hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS3/4A protease, is very potent in vivo. However, the potency is significantly compromised by the drug resistance mutations R155K and D168A. In this study three crystal structures of ASV and an analogue were determined to analyze the structural basis of drug resistance susceptibility. These structures revealed that ASV makes extensive contacts with Arg155 outside the substrate envelope. Arg155 in turn is stabilized by Asp168, and thus when either residue is mutated, the enzyme's interaction with ASV's P2* isoquinoline is disrupted. Adding a P1-P3 macrocycle to ...


Improving The Resistance Profile Of Hepatitis C Ns3/4a Inhibitors: Dynamic Substrate Envelope Guided Design, Aysegul Ozen, Woody Sherman, Celia Schiffer Jan 2015

Improving The Resistance Profile Of Hepatitis C Ns3/4a Inhibitors: Dynamic Substrate Envelope Guided Design, Aysegul Ozen, Woody Sherman, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

Drug resistance is a principal concern in the treatment of quickly evolving diseases. The viral protease NS3/4A is a primary drug target for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and is known to evolve resistance mutations in response to drug therapy. At the molecular level, drug resistance reflects a subtle change in the balance of molecular recognition by NS3/4A; the drug resistant protease variants are no longer effectively inhibited by the competitive active site inhibitors but can still process the natural substrates with enough efficiency for viral survival. In previous works we have developed the "substrate envelope" hypothesis, which ...


A Sensitive Assay Using A Native Protein Substrate For Screening Hiv-1 Maturation Inhibitors Targeting The Protease Cleavage Site Between The Matrix And Capsid, Sook-Kyung Lee, Nancy Cheng, Emily Hull-Ryde, Marc Potempa, Celia Schiffer, William Janzen, Ronald Swanstrom Jan 2015

A Sensitive Assay Using A Native Protein Substrate For Screening Hiv-1 Maturation Inhibitors Targeting The Protease Cleavage Site Between The Matrix And Capsid, Sook-Kyung Lee, Nancy Cheng, Emily Hull-Ryde, Marc Potempa, Celia Schiffer, William Janzen, Ronald Swanstrom

Celia A. Schiffer

The matrix/capsid processing site in the HIV-1 Gag precursor is likely the most sensitive target to inhibit HIV-1 replication. We have previously shown that modest incomplete processing at the site leads to a complete loss of virion infectivity. In the study presented here, a sensitive assay based on fluorescence polarization that can monitor cleavage at the MA/CA site in the context of the folded protein substrate is described. The substrate, an MA/CA fusion protein, was labeled with the fluorescein-based FlAsH (fluorescein arsenical hairpin) reagent that binds to a tetracysteine motif (CCGPCC) that was introduced within the N-terminal ...


Efficient Computation Of Small-Molecule Configurational Binding Entropy And Free Energy Changes By Ensemble Enumeration, Nathaniel Silver, Bracken King, Madhavi Nalam, Hong Cao, Akbar Ali, G. S. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Tariq Rana, Celia Schiffer, Bruce Tidor Jan 2015

Efficient Computation Of Small-Molecule Configurational Binding Entropy And Free Energy Changes By Ensemble Enumeration, Nathaniel Silver, Bracken King, Madhavi Nalam, Hong Cao, Akbar Ali, G. S. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Tariq Rana, Celia Schiffer, Bruce Tidor

Celia A. Schiffer

Here we present a novel, end-point method using the dead-end-elimination and A* algorithms to efficiently and accurately calculate the change in free energy, enthalpy, and configurational entropy of binding for ligand-receptor association reactions. We apply the new approach to the binding of a series of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) protease inhibitors to examine the effect ensemble reranking has on relative accuracy as well as to evaluate the role of the absolute and relative ligand configurational entropy losses upon binding in affinity differences for structurally related inhibitors. Our results suggest that most thermodynamic parameters can be estimated using only a small ...


Drug Resistance Conferred By Mutations Outside The Active Site Through Alterations In The Dynamic And Structural Ensemble Of Hiv-1 Protease, Debra Ragland, Ellen Nalivaika, Madhavi Nalam, Kristina Prachanronarong, Hong Cao, Rajintha Bandaranayake, Yufeng Cai, Nese Yilmaz, Celia Schiffer Jan 2015

Drug Resistance Conferred By Mutations Outside The Active Site Through Alterations In The Dynamic And Structural Ensemble Of Hiv-1 Protease, Debra Ragland, Ellen Nalivaika, Madhavi Nalam, Kristina Prachanronarong, Hong Cao, Rajintha Bandaranayake, Yufeng Cai, Nese Yilmaz, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

HIV-1 protease inhibitors are part of the highly active antiretroviral therapy effectively used in the treatment of HIV infection and AIDS. Darunavir (DRV) is the most potent of these inhibitors, soliciting drug resistance only when a complex combination of mutations occur both inside and outside the protease active site. With few exceptions, the role of mutations outside the active site in conferring resistance remains largely elusive. Through a series of DRV-protease complex crystal structures, inhibition assays, and molecular dynamics simulations, we find that single and double site mutations outside the active site often associated with DRV resistance alter the structure ...


Testing The Substrate-Envelope Hypothesis With Designed Pairs Of Compounds, Yang Shen, Michael Altman, Akbar Ali, Madhavi Nalam, Hong Cao, Tariq Rana, Celia Schiffer, Bruce Tidor Jan 2015

Testing The Substrate-Envelope Hypothesis With Designed Pairs Of Compounds, Yang Shen, Michael Altman, Akbar Ali, Madhavi Nalam, Hong Cao, Tariq Rana, Celia Schiffer, Bruce Tidor

Celia A. Schiffer

Acquired resistance to therapeutic agents is a significant barrier to the development of clinically effective treatments for diseases in which evolution occurs on clinical time scales, frequently arising from target mutations. We previously reported a general strategy to design effective inhibitors for rapidly mutating enzyme targets, which we demonstrated for HIV-1 protease inhibition [Altman et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 6099-6113]. Specifically, we developed a computational inverse design procedure with the added constraint that designed inhibitors bind entirely inside the substrate envelope, a consensus volume occupied by natural substrates. The rationale for the substrate-envelope constraint is that it ...


Development Of A Novel Screening Strategy Designed To Discover A New Class Of Hiv Drugs, Nancy Cheng, Sook-Kyung Lee, P. Donover, Mel Reichman, Celia Schiffer, Emily Hull-Ryde, Ronald Swanstrom, William Janzen Jan 2015

Development Of A Novel Screening Strategy Designed To Discover A New Class Of Hiv Drugs, Nancy Cheng, Sook-Kyung Lee, P. Donover, Mel Reichman, Celia Schiffer, Emily Hull-Ryde, Ronald Swanstrom, William Janzen

Celia A. Schiffer

Current antiretroviral treatments target multiple pathways important for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) multiplication, including viral entry, synthesis and integration of the DNA provirus, and the processing of viral polyprotein precursors. However, HIV is becoming increasingly resistant to these "combination therapies." Recent findings show that inhibition of HIV Gag protein cleavage into its two structural proteins, matrix (MA) and capsid (CA), has a devastating effect on viral production, revealing a potential new target class for HIV treatment. Unlike the widely used HIV protease inhibitors, this new class of inhibitor would target the substrate, not the protease enzyme itself. This approach offers ...


Crystal Structures Of Human Ctbp In Complex With Substrate Mtob Reveal Active Site Features Useful For Inhibitor Design, Brendan Hilbert, Steven Grossman, Celia Schiffer, William Royer Jan 2015

Crystal Structures Of Human Ctbp In Complex With Substrate Mtob Reveal Active Site Features Useful For Inhibitor Design, Brendan Hilbert, Steven Grossman, Celia Schiffer, William Royer

Celia A. Schiffer

The oncogenic corepressors C-terminal Binding Protein (CtBP) 1 and 2 harbor regulatory d-isomer specific 2-hydroxyacid dehydrogenase (d2-HDH) domains. 4-Methylthio 2-oxobutyric acid (MTOB) exhibits substrate inhibition and can interfere with CtBP oncogenic activity in cell culture and mice. Crystal structures of human CtBP1 and CtBP2 in complex with MTOB and NAD(+) revealed two key features: a conserved tryptophan that likely contributes to substrate specificity and a hydrophilic cavity that links MTOB with an NAD(+) phosphate. Neither feature is present in other d2-HDH enzymes. These structures thus offer key opportunities for the development of highly selective anti-neoplastic CtBP inhibitors. Elsevier B.V ...


Interview With Celia Schiffer, Celia Schiffer Jan 2015

Interview With Celia Schiffer, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

Celia Schiffer, a Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; a former Director of UMass Center for AIDS Research; and a Founder and Co-Director for the Institute for Drug Resistance (University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA, USA). Schiffer has an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Chicago, with a PhD in biophysics from University of California, San Francisco (CA, USA). She was a postdoctoral associate first at the ETH in Zurich and then at Genentech in San Francisco. Schiffer has published more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles. Her laboratory primarily uses structural biology, biophysical and chemistry techniques to ...


Drug Resistance Mutations Alter Dynamics Of Inhibitor-Bound Hiv-1 Protease, Yufeng Cai, Wazo Myint, Janet Paulsen, Celia Schiffer, Rieko Ishima, Nese Yilmaz Jan 2015

Drug Resistance Mutations Alter Dynamics Of Inhibitor-Bound Hiv-1 Protease, Yufeng Cai, Wazo Myint, Janet Paulsen, Celia Schiffer, Rieko Ishima, Nese Yilmaz

Celia A. Schiffer

Under the selective pressure of therapy, HIV-1 protease mutants resistant to inhibitors evolve to confer drug resistance. Such mutations can impact both the dynamics and structures of the bound and unbound forms of the enzyme. Flap+ is a multidrug-resistant variant of HIV-1 protease with a combination of primary and secondary resistance mutations (L10I, G48V, I54V, V82A) and a strikingly altered thermodynamic profile for darunavir (DRV) binding relative to the wild-type protease. We elucidated the impact of these mutations on protein dynamics in the DRV-bound state using molecular dynamics simulations and NMR relaxation experiments. Both methods concur in that the conformational ...


Hiv-1 Protease-Substrate Coevolution In Nelfinavir Resistance, Madhavi Kolli, Aysegul Ozen, Nese Yilmaz, Celia Schiffer Jan 2015

Hiv-1 Protease-Substrate Coevolution In Nelfinavir Resistance, Madhavi Kolli, Aysegul Ozen, Nese Yilmaz, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

Resistance to various human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) protease inhibitors (PIs) challenges the effectiveness of therapies in treating HIV-1-infected individuals and AIDS patients. The virus accumulates mutations within the protease (PR) that render the PIs less potent. Occasionally, Gag sequences also coevolve with mutations at PR cleavage sites contributing to drug resistance. In this study, we investigated the structural basis of coevolution of the p1-p6 cleavage site with the nelfinavir (NFV) resistance D30N/N88D protease mutations by determining crystal structures of wild-type and NFV-resistant HIV-1 protease in complex with p1-p6 substrate peptide variants with L449F and/or S451N. Alterations ...


Prototypical Recombinant Multi-Protease Inhibitor Resistant Infectious Molecular Clones Of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type-1, Vici Varghese, Yumi Mitsuya, W. Jeffrey Fessel, Tommy F. Liu, George Melikian, David Katzenstein, Celia Schiffer, Susan Holmes, Robert Shafer Jan 2015

Prototypical Recombinant Multi-Protease Inhibitor Resistant Infectious Molecular Clones Of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type-1, Vici Varghese, Yumi Mitsuya, W. Jeffrey Fessel, Tommy F. Liu, George Melikian, David Katzenstein, Celia Schiffer, Susan Holmes, Robert Shafer

Celia A. Schiffer

The many genetic manifestations of HIV-1 protease inhibitor (PI) resistance present challenges to research into the mechanisms of PI-resistance and the assessment of new PIs. To address these challenges, we created a panel of recombinant multi-PI resistant infectious molecular clones designed to represent the spectrum of clinically relevant multi-PI resistant viruses. To assess the representativeness of this panel, we examined the sequences of the panel's viruses in the context of a correlation network of PI-resistance amino acid substitutions in sequences from more than 10,000 patients. The panel of recombinant infectious molecular clones comprised 29 of 41 study-defined PI-resistance ...


Substrate Envelope-Designed Potent Hiv-1 Protease Inhibitors To Avoid Drug Resistance, Madhavi Nalam, Akbar Ali, G. S. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Hong Cao, Saima Anjum, Michael Altman, Nese Yilmaz, Bruce Tidor, Tariq Rana, Celia Schiffer Jan 2015

Substrate Envelope-Designed Potent Hiv-1 Protease Inhibitors To Avoid Drug Resistance, Madhavi Nalam, Akbar Ali, G. S. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Hong Cao, Saima Anjum, Michael Altman, Nese Yilmaz, Bruce Tidor, Tariq Rana, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

The rapid evolution of HIV under selective drug pressure has led to multidrug resistant (MDR) strains that evade standard therapies. We designed highly potent HIV-1 protease inhibitors (PIs) using the substrate envelope model, which confines inhibitors within the consensus volume of natural substrates, providing inhibitors less susceptible to resistance because a mutation affecting such inhibitors will simultaneously affect viral substrate processing. The designed PIs share a common chemical scaffold but utilize various moieties that optimally fill the substrate envelope, as confirmed by crystal structures. The designed PIs retain robust binding to MDR protease variants and display exceptional antiviral potencies against ...


The Interdomain Interface In Bifunctional Enzyme Protein 3/4a (Ns3/4a) Regulates Protease And Helicase Activities, Cihan Aydin, Sourav Mukherjee, Alicia Hanson, David Frick, Celia Schiffer Nov 2013

The Interdomain Interface In Bifunctional Enzyme Protein 3/4a (Ns3/4a) Regulates Protease And Helicase Activities, Cihan Aydin, Sourav Mukherjee, Alicia Hanson, David Frick, Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer

Hepatitis C (HCV) protein 3/4A (NS3/4A) is a bifunctional enzyme comprising two separate domains with protease and helicase activities, which are essential for viral propagation. Both domains are stable and have enzymatic activity separately, and the relevance and implications of having protease and helicase together as a single protein remains to be explored. Altered in vitro activities of isolated domains compared with the full-length NS3/4A protein suggest the existence of interdomain communication. The molecular mechanism and extent of this communication was investigated by probing the domain-domain interface observed in HCV NS3/4A crystal structures. We found in ...