Solution structures of chloroquine-ferriheme complexes modeled using MD simulation and investigated by EXAFS spectroscopy.

Abstract

The interaction of chloroquine (CQ) and the μ-oxo dimer of iron(III) protoporphyrin IX (ferriheme) in aqueous solution was modeled using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Two models of the CQ-(μ-oxo ferriheme) complex were investigated, one involving CQ π-stacked with an unligated porphyrin face of μ-oxo ferriheme and the other in which CQ was docked between the two porphyrin rings. The feasibility of both models was tested by fitting computed structures to the experimental extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectrum of the CQ-(μ-oxo ferriheme) complex in frozen aqueous solution. The docked model produced better agreement with experimental data, suggesting that this is the more likely structure in aqueous solution. The EXAFS fit indicated a longer than expected Fe-O bond of 1.87Å, accounting for the higher than expected magnetic moment of the complex. As a consequence, the asymmetric Fe-O-Fe stretch shifts much lower in frequency and was identified in the precipitated solid at 744cm(-1) with the aid of the O(18) isomer shift. Three important CQ-ferriheme interactions were identified in the docked structure. These were a hydrogen bond between the oxide bridge of μ-oxo ferriheme and the protonated quinolinium nitrogen atom of CQ; π-stacking between the quinoline ring of CQ and the porphyrin rings; and a close contact between the 7-chloro substituent of CQ and the porphyrin methyl hydrogen atoms. These interactions can be used to rationalize previously observed structure-activity relationships for quinoline-ferriheme association.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2015.06.010

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@article{Kuter2016SolutionSO, title={Solution structures of chloroquine-ferriheme complexes modeled using MD simulation and investigated by EXAFS spectroscopy.}, author={David J Kuter and Victor A. Streltsov and Natalia Davydova and Gerhard A Venter and Kevin J. Naidoo and Timothy J Egan}, journal={Journal of inorganic biochemistry}, year={2016}, volume={154}, pages={114-25} }