Design of amino acid aldehydes as transition-state analogue inhibitors of arginase.

Arginase is a binuclear manganese metalloenzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of l-arginine to form l-ornithine and urea. Chiral L-amino acids bearing aldehyde side chains have been synthesized in which the electrophilic aldehyde C=O bond is isosteric with the C=N bond of L-arginine. This substitution is intended to facilitate nucleophilic attack by the… (More)