Synthesis of bis-Phosphate Iminoaltritol Enantiomers and Structural Characterization with Adenine Phosphoribosyltransferase

Lawrence D. Harris, Rajesh K. Harijan, Rodrigo G. Ducati, Gary B. Evans, Brett M. Hirsch, Vern L. Schramm

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Phosphoribosyl transferases (PRTs) are essential in nucleotide synthesis and salvage, amino acid and vitamin synthesis. Transition state analysis of several PRTs has demonstrated ribocation-like transition states with a partial positive charge residing on the pentose ring. Core chemistry for synthesis of transition state analogues related to the 5-phospho-α-D-ribosyl 1-pyrophosphate (PRPP) reactant of these enzymes could be developed by stereospecific placement of bis-phosphate groups on an iminoaltritol ring. Cationic character is provided by the imino group and the bis-phosphates anchor both the 1- and 5-phosphate binding sites. We provide a facile synthetic path to these molecules. Cyclic-nitrone redox methodology was applied to the stereo-controlled synthesis of three stereoisomers of a selectively mono-protected diol relevant to the synthesis of transition-state analogue inhibitors. These polyhydroxylated pyrrolidine natural product analogues were bis-phosphorylated to generate analogues of the ribocationic form of 5-phosphoribosyl 1-phosphate. A safe, high yielding synthesis of the key intermediate represents a new route to these transition state mimics. An enantiomeric pair of iminoaltritol bis-phosphates (L-DIAB and D-DIAB) were prepared and shown to display inhibition of Plasmodium falciparum orotate phosphoribosyltransferase and Saccharomyces cerevisiae adenine phosphoribosyltransferase (ScAPRT). Crystallographic inhibitor binding analysis of L- and D-DIAB bound to the catalytic sites of ScAPRT demonstrates accommodation of both enantiomers by altered ring geometry and bis-phosphate catalytic site contacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalACS Chemical Biology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jul 17 2017



  • enzyme inhibitors
  • ribocation mimics
  • stereochemical specificity
  • structure of transition state analogue complexes
  • transition state analogues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine

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