Context: Triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) is a ubiquitous enzyme that has been targeted for the discovery of small molecular weight compounds with potential use against Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. We have identified a new selective inhibitor chemotype of TIM from T. cruzi (TcTIM), 1,2,4-thiadiazol-5(4H)-one. Objective: Study the mechanism of TcTIM inhibition by a 1,2,4-thiadiazol derivative. Methods: We performed the biochemical characterization of the interaction of the 1,2,4-thiadiazol derivative with the wild-type and mutant TcTIMs, using DOSY-NMR and MS experiments. Studies of T. cruzi growth inhibition were additionally carried out. Results and conclusion: At low micromolar concentrations, the compound induces highly selective irreversible inactivation of TcTIM through non-covalent binding. Our studies indicate that it interferes with the association of the two monomers of the dimeric enzyme. We also show that it inhibits T. cruzi growth in culture.
Última actualización: 15/06/2018