Apr 18, 2020

Nonallosteric Sirtuin Enzyme Activation: Characterization of Hit Compounds

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
A. UpadhyayRaj Chakrabarti


Mammalian sirtuins (SIRT1-SIRT7) are a family of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+)-dependent protein deacylases that play critical roles in lifespan and age-related diseases. The physiological importance of sirtuins has stimulated intense interest in designing sirtuin-activating compounds. However, except for allosteric activators of SIRT1-catalyzed reactions that are limited to particular substrates, a general framework for the design of sirtuin-activating compounds has been lacking. Recently, we introduced a general mode of sirtuin activation that is distinct from the known modes of enzyme activation, establishing biophysical properties of small molecule modulators that can, in principle, result in enzyme activation for various sirtuins and substrates. Here, we characterize small molecules reported in the literature to activate the SIRT3 enzyme, using a variety of computational, biochemical and biophysical techniques including protein-ligand docking, molecular dynamics simulation, numerical reaction dynamics simulation, kinetic assays and thermodynamic assays with multiple substrates and protocols. In particular, we identify the mechanism of action of the compound honokiol on the human SIRT3 enzyme, modeling its effect...Continue Reading

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