Self-assembled amphotericin B is probably surrounded by ergosterol: Bimolecular interactions as evidenced by solid-state NMR and CD spectra

Yusuke Kasai, Nobuaki Matsumori, Yuichi Umegawa, Shigeru Matsuoka, Hiroyuki Ueno, Hiroki Ikeuchi, Tohru Oishi, Michio Murata

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Amphotericin B (AmB) is thought to exert its pharmacological effects by forming a barrel-stave assembly with ergosterol in fungal membranes. To examine the interaction between AmB and ergosterol (Erg) or cholesterol (Cho), 13C- and 19F-labelled covalent conjugales were prepared as reported previously (N. Matsumori et al. Chem. Biol. 2004, 11, 673-679). The CD spectra of the conjugates in a membrane-bound form suggested that the distance between the heptaene moieties of the ergosterol conjugates AmB-C 2-(6-F)Erg 2 and AmB-C2Erg 3 is similar to that of AmB in ergosterol-containing membranes, but significantly larger than that of AmB in nonsterol or cholesterol-containing mem branes. These observations suggest that, as is the case with ergosterol-containing membranes, the conjugated sterol moiety prevents the close contact between the heptaene moieties within the membrane that would reduce channel conductivity of the AmB assemblies. To further investigate this bimolecular interaction, we recorded the solid-state NMR spectra of conjugates 2 and AmB-C2-(6-F)Cho 4. which are composed of uniformly 13C-labelled AmB and 6-fluorinuted ergosterol or cholesterol; the conjugates were expected to facilitate the estimation of distances between the fluorine and carbon atoms. By using rotor-synchronous double resonance (rotational echo double resonance of X cluster; RDX) experiments, we deduced the distance between the fluorine atom and its nearest carbon atom in the heptaene moiety of 2 to be less than 8.6 Å. This indicates that the B ring of ergosterol comes close to the AmB polyene moiety. A conformational search of the AmB-ergosterol conjugate by using distance constraints derived from the RDX results suggested that ergosterol molecules possibly surround the AmB assembly, which is in contrast with the conventional image in which ergosterol is inserted into AmB molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1178-1185
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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