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Design of Light-Sensitive Triggers for Endothelial NO-Synthase Activation

UMR CNRS 8200, Gustave Roussy Cancer Research Center, Université Paris-Saclay, 94607 Villejuif, France
Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA
PPSM, CNRS UMR8531, ENS Paris-Saclay, Université Paris-Saclay, IDA FR3242, F-94235 Cachan, France
LBPA, CNRS UMR8113, IDA FR3242, ENS Paris-Saclay, Université Paris-Saclay, F-94235 Cachan, France
Centre de Recherche Saint Antoine INSERM UMR S-938, Sorbonne Université, 75006 Paris, France
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Antioxidants 2020, 9(2), 89;
Received: 19 December 2019 / Revised: 9 January 2020 / Accepted: 13 January 2020 / Published: 21 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue NO(NOx) and H2S)
A specific light trigger for activating endothelial Nitric Oxide-Synthase (eNOS) in real time would be of unique value to decipher cellular events associated with eNOS activation or to generate on demand cytotoxic levels of NO at specific sites for cancer research. We previously developed novel tools called nanotriggers (NT), which recognized constitutive NO-synthase, eNOS or neuronal NOS (nNOS), mainly via their 2’ phosphate group which is also present in NADPH in its binding site. Laser excitation of NT1 bound to eNOS triggered recombinant NOS activity and released NO. We recently generated new NTs carrying a 2’ or 3’ carboxylate group or two 2’ and 3’ carboxylate moieties replacing the 2’ phosphate group of NADPH. Among these new NT, only the 3’ carboxylate derivative released NO from endothelial cells upon laser activation. Here, Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations showed that the 3’ carboxylate NT formed a folded structure with a hydrophobic hub, inducing a good stacking on FAD that likely drove efficient activation of nNOS. This NT also carried an additional small charged group which increased binding to e/nNOS; fluorescence measurements determined a 20-fold improved affinity upon binding to nNOS as compared to NT1 affinity. To gain in specificity for eNOS, we augmented a previous NT with a “hook” targeting variable residues in the NADPH site of eNOS. We discuss the potential of exploiting the chemical diversity within the NADPH site of eNOS for reversal of endothelial dysfunction in cells and for controlled generation of cytotoxic NO-derived species in cancer tissues. View Full-Text
Keywords: endothelial NO-synthase; NADPH site; fluorescent trigger; docking; light-induced electron transfer endothelial NO-synthase; NADPH site; fluorescent trigger; docking; light-induced electron transfer
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Dilly, S.; Roman, L.J.; Bogliotti, N.; Xie, J.; Deprez, E.; Slama-Schwok, A. Design of Light-Sensitive Triggers for Endothelial NO-Synthase Activation. Antioxidants 2020, 9, 89.

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Dilly S, Roman LJ, Bogliotti N, Xie J, Deprez E, Slama-Schwok A. Design of Light-Sensitive Triggers for Endothelial NO-Synthase Activation. Antioxidants. 2020; 9(2):89.

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Dilly, Sébastien, Linda J. Roman, Nicolas Bogliotti, Juan Xie, Eric Deprez, and Anny Slama-Schwok. 2020. "Design of Light-Sensitive Triggers for Endothelial NO-Synthase Activation" Antioxidants 9, no. 2: 89.

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