Dengue Envelope Domain III-Peptide Binding Analysis via Tryptophan Fluorescence Quenching Assay

Aida Baharuddin, Asfarina Amir Hassan, Rozana Othman, Yongtao Xu, Meilan Huang, Bimo Ario Tejo, Rohana Yusof, Noorsaadah Abdul Rahman, Shatrah Othman

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In the efforts to find an anti-viral treatment for dengue, a simple tryptophan fluorescence-screening assay aimed at identifying dengue domain III envelope (EIII) protein inhibitors was developed. Residue Trp391 of EIII was used as an intrinsic probe to monitor the change in fluorescence of the tryptophan residue upon binding to a peptide. The analysis was based on the electron excitation at 280 nm and fluorescence emission at 300–400 nm of EIII, followed by quenching of fluorescence in the presence of potential peptidic inhibitors coded DS36wt, DS36opt, DN58wt and DN58opt. The present study found that the fluorescence of the recombinant EIII was quenched following the binding of DS36opt, DN58wt and DN58opt ina concentration-dependent manner. Since the λmax for emission remained unchanged, the effect was not dueto a change in the environment of the tryptophan side chain. In contrast, a minimal fluorescence-quenching effect of DS36wt at 20 and 40 µM suggested that the DS36wt does not have any binding ability to EIII. This was supported by a simple native-page gel retardation assay that showed a band shift of EIII domain whenincubated with DS36opt, DN58wt and DN58opt but not with DS36wt. We thus developed a low-cost and convenientspectrophotometric binding assay for the analysis of EIII–peptide interactions in a drug screening application.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-955
Number of pages9
JournalChemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2014

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