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Biochemical and biophysical characterisation of Anopheles gambiae NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase

Widdowson, Philip (2010) Biochemical and biophysical characterisation of Anopheles gambiae NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase. Doctoral thesis, University of Liverpool.

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Abstract

As the principal vector for the transmission of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite, and hence the spread of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa, Anopheles gambiae is a globally significant species of mosquito. Over recent years, the efficacy of established insecticides has waned and there is a constant need for novel effective compounds. Cytochrome P450 reductase (CPR) is a diflavoprotein known to have a central role in phase I metabolism of xenobiotic compounds and, in mosquitoes, this involves the detoxification of insecticides. Due to an inherent lack of understanding regarding the mechanisms of action of A. gambiae CPR, the selective inhibition of this enzyme is a previously untried approach. This project aims to biochemically characterise A. gambiae CPR in direct comparison to the human enzyme. It was found that A. gambiae CPR was deficient in bound FMN, and to a lesser extent FAD, relative to human CPR with 20 % less FMN bound to the purified mosquito protein. Following the dissection of A. gambiae CPR into its constituent FMN- and FAD-binding domains, and using Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC), a 4-fold decreased was observed for the binding affinity for FMN in the A. gambiae FMN-binding domain as compared to the equivalent human protein. The redox potential of the oxidised/semiquinone transition of the A. gambiae FMN-binding domain was -92 mV, much more negative than the published value for human FMN-binding domain. These data suggest a clear difference between these enzymes in the binding strength of FMN and its propensity to accept electrons. The binding characteristics of NADPH nucleotides were probed in some detail. Comparison of the binding of NAD+ and NADP+ revealed a strong bias for the phosphate containing NADP+. In addition, the position of the phosphate was important as 3’-AMP bound very poorly whilst 2’-AMP bound more strongly. 2’, 5’-ADP binding highlighted the importance of additional stabilising interactions involving the 5’-phosphate. Comparison of 2’, 5’-ADP and NADP+ binding confirmed that the 2’-phosphate interaction was the principal site for NADPH recognition and provided the majority of the binding energy for this interaction. A. gambiae CPR was shown to bind NADPH nucleotide analogues 2’-AMP, 2’, 5’-ADP and NADP+ much less strongly than the human enzyme highlighting a potentially significant difference in coenzyme binding. Binding affinities for the nucleotide ligand to intact CPR and the isolated FAD domain showed that the FAD-binding site is fully contained within the FAD-binding domain However, differences in the thermodynamic parameters between the intact enzyme and the isolated FAD-binding domain suggest that, although not directly involved in NADPH binding, the presence of the FMN binding domain had an effect on the overall binding energetics. Despite an apparent difference between A. gambiae and human CPR in flavin incorporation and NADPH binding affinity, it was interesting that the activity of cytochrome c reduction of both enzymes was similar. The measured Km with respect to NADPH corroborated the ITC data by suggesting a stronger interaction of the coenzyme with human CPR compared to A. gambiae CPR. There was an approximate 2-fold increase in potassium ferricyanide reduction with the isolated A. gambiae FAD-binding domain compared to the intact enzyme with the presence of the FMN-binding domain again seemingly imparting an effect of events involving the FAD-binding domain. In order to fully understand and rationalise all of the data, a comprehensive structural determination of A. gambiae CPR is required. With this in mind, isotopic labelling and subsequent biophysical analysis was carried out on the intact CPR and its FMN- and FAD-binding domains. Successful labelling was achieved for all samples, including the deuteration of the intact CPR and FAD-binding domain However, the greatest success involved the FMN-binding domain with sufficient triple resonance spectra collected for backbone assignments. Although this success could not be matched for the intact CPR and FAD-binding domain, the work has provided a solid base for more a comprehensive study in the future.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Departments, Research Centres and Related Units:Academic Faculties, Institutes and Research Centres > Faculty of Science > Department of Biological Sciences
Refereed:Yes
Status:Unpublished
ID Code:1496
Deposited On:01 Dec 2011 17:06
Last Modified:01 Dec 2011 17:06

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