4-oxatetradecanoic acid is fungicidal for Cryptococcus neoformans and inhibits replication of human immunodeficiency virus I.

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Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans are major causes of systemic fungal infections, particularly in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Metabolic labeling studies revealed that these organisms synthesize a small number of N-myristoylproteins, the most prominent being 20-kDa ADP-ribosylation factors (Arfs). C. albicans Arf has approximately 80% identity with the essential Arf1 and Arf2 proteins of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. [3H]Myristic acid analogs with oxygen for -CH2- substitutions at C4, C6, C11, and C13 are incorporated into cellular N-myristoylproteins, phospholipids, and neutral lipids produced by these three yeasts during exponential growth at 30 degrees C in complex media. Analog- and organism-specific differences in the efficiency of labeling of proteins and lipid classes were observed. The effects of oxatetradecanoic acids with oxygen for -CH2- substitutions at C3-C13 on C. neoformans, C. albicans, and S. cerevisiae were assessed during mid-log phase growth at 30 degrees C. A single dose of 3-oxa-, 4-oxa-, 5-oxa- or 6-oxatetradecanoic acid (O3-O6, final concentration = 300 microM) was able to inhibit growth of C. neoformans in the order O4 greater than O5 greater than O3 approximately O6. The other compounds were inactive. 4-Oxatetradecanoic acid was fungicidal, producing a 10,000-fold reduction in viable cell number 1 h after administration and continued suppression of cell growth for 7 h. A clear dose response was observed over a concentration range of 100-300 microM. 4-Oxatridecanoic acid was 100-fold less potent in reducing cell viability than 4-oxatetradecanoic acid but more potent than 5-oxatridecanoic acid. O4 produced approximately 10-100-fold reductions in the viability of C. albicans and S. cerevisiae at 300-500 microM, respectively, whereas O5 and O6 were less active. Since N-myristoylation of the Pr55gag polyprotein precursor produced by human immunodeficiency virus I (HIV-I) is essential for its assembly, we also assessed the antiviral effects of 4-oxatetradecanoic acid. O4 is able to produce a 50% reduction in the replication of HIV-I in acutely infected human T-lymphocyte cell lines at a concentration of 18 microM. Together, these data suggest that (i) the position of the oxygen for methylene substitution is a critical determinant of the fungicidal activity of O4 and (ii) NMT may be an attractive therapeutic target for treating opportunistic fungal infections in patients infected with HIV-I.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Langner, CA; Lodge, JK; Travis, SJ; Caldwell, JE; Lu, T; Li, Q; Bryant, ML; Devadas, B; Gokel, GW; Kobayashi, GS

Published Date

  • August 25, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 267 / 24

Start / End Page

  • 17159 - 17169

PubMed ID

  • 1512254

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States