Competitive, reversible inhibition of cytosolic phospholipase A2 at the lipid-water interface by choline derivatives that partially partition into the phospholipid bilayer.


Journal Article

Cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2) catalyzes the selective release of arachidonic acid from the sn-2 position of phospholipids and is believed to play a key cellular role in the generation of arachidonic acid. When assaying the human recombinant cPLA2 using membranes isolated from [3H]arachidonate-labeled U937 cells as substrate, 2-(2'-benzyl-4-chlorophenoxy)ethyl-dimethyl-n-octadecyl-ammonium chloride (compound 1) was found to inhibit the enzyme in a dose-dependent manner (IC50 = 5 microM). It was over 70 times more selective for the cPLA2 as compared with the human nonpancreatic secreted phospholipase A2, and it did not inhibit other phospholipases. Additionally, it inhibited arachidonate production in N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine-stimulated U937 cells. To further characterize the mechanism of inhibition, an assay in which the enzyme is bound to vesicles of 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn -glycero-3-phosphomethanol containing 6-10 mol % of 1-palmitoyl-2-[1-14C]arachidonoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine was employed. With this substrate system, the dose-dependent inhibition could be defined by kinetic equations describing competitive inhibition at the lipid-water interface. The apparent equilibrium dissociation constant for the inhibitor bound to the enzyme at the interface (KI*app) was determined to be 0.097 +/- 0.032 mol % versus an apparent dissociation constant for the arachidonate-containing phospholipid of 0.3 +/- 0.1 mol %. Thus, compound 1 represents a novel structural class of inhibitor of cPLA2 that partitions into the phospholipid bilayer and competes with the phospholipid substrate for the active site. Shorter n-alkyl-chained (C-4, C-6, C-8) derivatives of compound 1 were shown to have even smaller KI*app values. However, these short-chained analogs were less potent in terms of bulk inhibitor concentration needed for inhibition when using the [3H]arachidonate-labeled U937 membranes as substrate. This discrepancy was reconciled by showing that these shorter-chained analogs did not partition into the [3H]arachidonate-labeled U937 membranes as effectively as compound 1. The implications for in vivo efficacy that result from these findings are discussed.

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Cited Authors

  • Burke, JR; Witmer, MR; Zusi, FC; Gregor, KR; Davern, LB; Padmanabha, R; Swann, RT; Smith, D; Tredup, JA; Micanovic, R; Manly, SP; Villafranca, JJ; Tramposch, KM

Published Date

  • July 2, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 274 / 27

Start / End Page

  • 18864 - 18871

PubMed ID

  • 10383382

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10383382

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.274.27.18864


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States