Na(+),K(+)-ATPase Isoform Selectivity for Digitalis-Like Compounds Is Determined by Two Amino Acids in the First Extracellular Loop

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  • Karl Weigand, Department of Pharmacology and Toxocology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Mette Laursen
  • Herman G.P. Swarts, Departments of †Pharmacology and Toxicology and ‡Biochemistry, Radboud University Medical Center , P.O. Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands., Netherlands
  • Anthonius H.J. Engwerda, Department of Pharmacology and Toxocology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Christian Prufert, Department of Pharmacology and Toxocology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Julia Sandrock, Department of Pharmacology and Toxocology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Poul Nissen
  • Natalya Fedosova
  • Frank G.M. Russel, Department of Pharmacology and Toxocology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Jan B. Koenderink, Department of Pharmacology and Toxocology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Digitalis-like compounds (DLCs) comprise a diverse group of molecules characterized by a cis-trans-cis ring-fused steroid core linked to a lactone. They have been used in the treatment of different medical problems including heart failure, where their inotropic effect on heart muscle is attributed to potent Na(+),K(+)-ATPase inhibition. Their application as drugs, however, has declined in recent past years due to their small safety margin. Since human Na(+),K(+)-ATPase is represented by four different isoforms expressed in a tissue-specific manner, one of the possibilities to improve the therapeutic index of DLCs is to exploit and amend their isoform selectivity. Here, we aimed to reveal the determinants of selectivity of the ubiquitously expressed α1 isoform and the more restricted α2 isoform toward several well-known DLCs and their hydrogenated forms. Using baculovirus to express various mutants of the α2 isoform, we were able to link residues Met(119) and Ser(124) to differences in affinity between the α1 and α2 isoforms to ouabain, dihydro-ouabain, digoxin, and dihydro-digoxin. We speculate that the interactions between these amino acids and DLCs affect the initial binding of these DLCs. Also, we observed isoform selectivity for DLCs containing no sugar groups.

Original languageEnglish
JournalChemical Research in Toxicology
Volume27
Issue12
Pages (from-to)2082-2092
Number of pages11
ISSN0893-228X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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