Homology Modeling of Human Alpha-Glucosidase Catalytic Domains and SAR Study of Salacinol Derivatives


Maltase-glucoamylase (MGAM) and sucrase-isomaltase (SI) belong to human intestinal alpha-glucosidase and their N-terminal side catalytic domains are called NtMGAM and NtSI, and their C-terminal side catalytic domains are called CtMGAM and CtSI. As an antidiabetic, alpha-glucosidase inhibitor is required to bind to all of these domains to inhibit disaccharides hydrolysis. Salacinol and kotalanol isolated from Salacia reticulata are novel seed compounds for al-pha-glucosidase inhibitor. Even though the complex structures of NtMGAM or NtSI have been determined experimen-tally, those of CtMGAM and CtSI have not been revealed. Thus, homology modeling for CtMGAM and CtSI has been performed to predict the binding mode of salacinol and its derivatives for each domain. The binding affinities for these compounds were also calculated to explain the experimental structure-activity relationships (SARs). After a docking study of the derivatives to each catalytic domain, the MM/PBSA method has been applied to predict the binding affinities. The predicted binding affinities were almost consistent with the experimental SARs. The comparison of the complex structures and binding affinities provided insights for designing novel compounds, which inhibit all catalytic domains.

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S. Nakamura, K. Takahira, G. Tanabe, O. Muraoka and I. Nakanishi, "Homology Modeling of Human Alpha-Glucosidase Catalytic Domains and SAR Study of Salacinol Derivatives," Open Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Vol. 2 No. 3, 2012, pp. 50-60. doi: 10.4236/ojmc.2012.23007.

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