Photolabile ubiquinone analogues for identification and characterization of quinone binding sites in proteins.

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Quinones are essential components in most cell and organelle bioenergetic processes both for direct electron and/or proton transfer reactions but also as means to regulate various bioenergetic processes by sensing cell redox states. To understand how quinones interact with proteins, it is important to have tools for identifying and characterizing quinone binding sites. In this work three different photo-reactive azidoquinones were synthesized, two of which are novel compounds, and the methods of synthesis was improved. The reactivity of the azidoquinones was first tested with model peptides, and the adducts formed were analyzed by mass spectrometry. The added mass detected was that of the respective azidoquinone minus N(2). Subsequently, the biological activity of the three azidoquinones was assessed, using three enzyme systems of different complexity, and the ability of the compounds to inactivate the enzymes upon illumination with long wavelength UV light was investigated. The soluble flavodoxin-like protein WrbA could only use two of the azidoquinones as substrates, whereas respiratory chain Complexes I and II could utilize all three compounds as electron acceptors. Complex II, purified in detergent, was very sensitive to illumination also in the absence of azidoquinones, making the 'therapeutic window' in that enzyme rather narrow. In membrane bound Complex I, only two of the compounds inactivated the enzyme, whereas illumination in the presence of the third compound left enzyme activity essentially unchanged. Since unspecific labeling should be equally effective for all the compounds, this demonstrates that the observed inactivation is indeed caused by specific labeling.


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  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3457-3466
JournalBioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Organic chemistry (S/LTH) (011001240), Biochemistry and Structural Biology (S) (000006142)