The Fungal Metabolite Eurochevalierine, a Sequiterpene Alkaloid, Displays Anti-Cancer Properties through Selective Sirtuin 1/2 Inhibition
AbstractNAD+-dependent histone deacetylases (sirtuins) are implicated in cellular processes such as proliferation, DNA repair, and apoptosis by regulating gene expression and the functions of numerous proteins. Due to their key role in cells, the discovery of small molecule sirtuin modulators has been of significant interest for diverse therapeutic applications. In particular, it has been shown that inhibition of sirtuin 1 and 2 activities is beneficial for cancer treatment. Here, we demonstrate that the fungal metabolite eurochevalierine from the fungus Neosartorya pseudofischeri inhibits sirtuin 1 and 2 activities (IC50 about 10 µM) without affecting sirtuin 3 activity. The binding modes of the eurochevalierine for sirtuin 1 and 2 have been identified through computational docking analyses. Accordingly, this sequiterpene alkaloid induces histone H4 and α-tubulin acetylation in various cancer cell models in which it induces strong cytostatic effects without affecting significantly the viability of healthy PBMCs. Importantly, eurochevalierine targets preferentially cancer cell proliferation (selectivity factor ≫ 7), as normal human primary CD34+ stem/progenitor cells were less affected by the treatment. Finally, eurochevalierine displays suitable drug-likeness parameters and therefore represent a promising scaffold for lead molecule optimization to study the mechanism and biological roles of sirtuins and potentially a basis for development into therapeutics. View Full-Text
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Schnekenburger, M.; Mathieu, V.; Lefranc, F.; Jang, J.Y.; Masi, M.; Kijjoa, A.; Evidente, A.; Kim, H.-J.; Kiss, R.; Dicato, M.; Han, B.W.; Diederich, M. The Fungal Metabolite Eurochevalierine, a Sequiterpene Alkaloid, Displays Anti-Cancer Properties through Selective Sirtuin 1/2 Inhibition. Molecules 2018, 23, 333.
Schnekenburger M, Mathieu V, Lefranc F, Jang JY, Masi M, Kijjoa A, Evidente A, Kim H-J, Kiss R, Dicato M, Han BW, Diederich M. The Fungal Metabolite Eurochevalierine, a Sequiterpene Alkaloid, Displays Anti-Cancer Properties through Selective Sirtuin 1/2 Inhibition. Molecules. 2018; 23(2):333.Chicago/Turabian Style
Schnekenburger, Michael; Mathieu, Véronique; Lefranc, Florence; Jang, Jun Young; Masi, Marco; Kijjoa, Anake; Evidente, Antonio; Kim, Hyun-Jung; Kiss, Robert; Dicato, Mario; Han, Byung Woo; Diederich, Marc. 2018. "The Fungal Metabolite Eurochevalierine, a Sequiterpene Alkaloid, Displays Anti-Cancer Properties through Selective Sirtuin 1/2 Inhibition." Molecules 23, no. 2: 333.
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