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Synthesis, Characterization, and Biological Evaluation of a Dual-Action Ligand Targeting αvβ3 Integrin and VEGF Receptors.

Zanella S, Mingozzi M, Dal Corso A, Fanelli R, Arosio D, Cosentino M, Schembri L, Marino F, De Zotti M, Formaggio F, Pignataro L, Belvisi L, Piarulli U, Gennari C - ChemistryOpen (2015)

Bottom Line: In vitro binding assays on isolated integrin αVβ3 and VEGFR-1 showed that the dual-action conjugate retains a good level of affinity for both its target receptors, although with one order of magnitude (10/20 times) decrease in potency.The dual-action ligand strongly inhibited the VEGF-induced morphogenesis in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs).Remarkably, its efficiency in preventing the formation of new blood vessels was similar to that of the original individual ligands, despite the worse affinity towards integrin αVβ3 and VEGFR-1.

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Affiliation: Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano Via C. Golgi 19, 20133, Milan, Italy.

ABSTRACT
A dual-action ligand targeting both integrin αVβ3 and vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs), was synthesized via conjugation of a cyclic peptidomimetic αVβ3 Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) ligand with a decapentapeptide. The latter was obtained from a known VEGFR antagonist by acetylation at the Lys13 side chain. Functionalization of the precursor ligands was carried out in solution and in the solid phase, affording two fragments: an alkyne VEGFR ligand and the azide integrin αVβ3 ligand, which were conjugated by click chemistry. Circular dichroism studies confirmed that both the RGD and VEGFR ligand portions of the dual-action compound substantially adopt the biologically active conformation. In vitro binding assays on isolated integrin αVβ3 and VEGFR-1 showed that the dual-action conjugate retains a good level of affinity for both its target receptors, although with one order of magnitude (10/20 times) decrease in potency. The dual-action ligand strongly inhibited the VEGF-induced morphogenesis in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs). Remarkably, its efficiency in preventing the formation of new blood vessels was similar to that of the original individual ligands, despite the worse affinity towards integrin αVβ3 and VEGFR-1.

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CD spectra of 5 in TFE, MeOH and H2O (0.1 mm).
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fig08: CD spectra of 5 in TFE, MeOH and H2O (0.1 mm).

Mentions: As the two spectra display rather similar features (band position, sign, and intensity), we tentatively conclude that no dramatic conformational changes occur. However, we cannot exclude the intervention of minor but significant structure modifications. The CD lineshape of the dual ligand 5 changes when water is replaced by either TFE or methanol (Figure 8), somehow mirroring the behavior of 4 (Figure 4). Therefore, this change in the CD pattern should be ascribed mainly to peptide 4. Indeed, in a comparative analysis we observed that the conformation of the cyclic, constrained, RGD ligand is not affected by the solvent (Supporting Information). In summary, the conformational behavior of the two isolated ligands is not substantially altered upon conjugation in the dual ligand 5. Yet, even minor structural changes can somehow impact on highly stereospecific activities such as receptor binding.


Synthesis, Characterization, and Biological Evaluation of a Dual-Action Ligand Targeting αvβ3 Integrin and VEGF Receptors.

Zanella S, Mingozzi M, Dal Corso A, Fanelli R, Arosio D, Cosentino M, Schembri L, Marino F, De Zotti M, Formaggio F, Pignataro L, Belvisi L, Piarulli U, Gennari C - ChemistryOpen (2015)

CD spectra of 5 in TFE, MeOH and H2O (0.1 mm).
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig08: CD spectra of 5 in TFE, MeOH and H2O (0.1 mm).
Mentions: As the two spectra display rather similar features (band position, sign, and intensity), we tentatively conclude that no dramatic conformational changes occur. However, we cannot exclude the intervention of minor but significant structure modifications. The CD lineshape of the dual ligand 5 changes when water is replaced by either TFE or methanol (Figure 8), somehow mirroring the behavior of 4 (Figure 4). Therefore, this change in the CD pattern should be ascribed mainly to peptide 4. Indeed, in a comparative analysis we observed that the conformation of the cyclic, constrained, RGD ligand is not affected by the solvent (Supporting Information). In summary, the conformational behavior of the two isolated ligands is not substantially altered upon conjugation in the dual ligand 5. Yet, even minor structural changes can somehow impact on highly stereospecific activities such as receptor binding.

Bottom Line: In vitro binding assays on isolated integrin αVβ3 and VEGFR-1 showed that the dual-action conjugate retains a good level of affinity for both its target receptors, although with one order of magnitude (10/20 times) decrease in potency.The dual-action ligand strongly inhibited the VEGF-induced morphogenesis in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs).Remarkably, its efficiency in preventing the formation of new blood vessels was similar to that of the original individual ligands, despite the worse affinity towards integrin αVβ3 and VEGFR-1.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano Via C. Golgi 19, 20133, Milan, Italy.

ABSTRACT
A dual-action ligand targeting both integrin αVβ3 and vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs), was synthesized via conjugation of a cyclic peptidomimetic αVβ3 Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) ligand with a decapentapeptide. The latter was obtained from a known VEGFR antagonist by acetylation at the Lys13 side chain. Functionalization of the precursor ligands was carried out in solution and in the solid phase, affording two fragments: an alkyne VEGFR ligand and the azide integrin αVβ3 ligand, which were conjugated by click chemistry. Circular dichroism studies confirmed that both the RGD and VEGFR ligand portions of the dual-action compound substantially adopt the biologically active conformation. In vitro binding assays on isolated integrin αVβ3 and VEGFR-1 showed that the dual-action conjugate retains a good level of affinity for both its target receptors, although with one order of magnitude (10/20 times) decrease in potency. The dual-action ligand strongly inhibited the VEGF-induced morphogenesis in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs). Remarkably, its efficiency in preventing the formation of new blood vessels was similar to that of the original individual ligands, despite the worse affinity towards integrin αVβ3 and VEGFR-1.

No MeSH data available.