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Cefmetazole sodium as an allosteric effector that regulates the oxygen supply efficiency of adult hemoglobin

November 7, 2023

Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics | August 6, 2023

Shu P, You G, Li W, Chen Y, Chu Z, Qin D, Wang Y, Zhou H, Zhao L.

J Biomol Struct Dyn. 2023 Aug 9:1-15.

doi: 10.1080/07391102.2023.2245043.


Allosteric effectors play an important role in regulating the oxygen supply efficiency of hemoglobin for blood storage and disease treatment. However, allosteric effectors that are approved by the US FDA are limited. In this study, cefmetazole sodium (CS) was found to bind adult hemoglobin (HbA) from FDA library (1338 compounds) using surface plasmon resonance imaging high-throughput screening. Using surface plasmon resonance (SPR), the interaction between CS and HbA was verified. The oxygen dissociation curve of HbA after CS interaction showed a significant increase in P50 and theoretical oxygen-release capacity. Acid-base sensitivity (SI) exhibited a decreasing trend, although not significantly different. An oxygen dissociation assay indicated that CS accelerated HbA deoxygenation. Microfluidic Modulation Spectroscopy showed that CS changed the ratio of the alpha-helix to the beta-sheet of HbA. Molecular docking suggested CS bound to HbA's β-chains via hydrogen bonds, with key amino acids being N282, K225, H545, K625, K675, and V544. The results of molecular dynamics simulations (MD) revealed a stable orientation of the HbA-CS complex. CS did not significantly affect the P50 of bovine hemoglobin, possibly due to the lack of Valβ1 and Hisβ2, indicating that these were the crucial amino acids involved in HbA's oxygen affinity. Competition between the 2,3-Diphosphoglycerate (2,3-DPG) and CS in the HbA interaction was also determined by SPR, molecular docking, and MD. In summary, CS could interact with HbA and regulate the oxygen supply efficiency via forming stable hydrogen bonds with the β-chains of HbA, and showed competition with 2,3-DPG.

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