Human Monoamine Oxidase B: I199F mutant in complex with rasagiline

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.90 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.218 
  • R-Value Work: 0.191 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.192 

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Demonstration of Isoleucine 199 as a Structural Determinant for the Selective Inhibition of Human Monoamine Oxidase B by Specific Reversible Inhibitors

Hubalek, F.Binda, C.Khalil, A.Li, M.Mattevi, A.Castagnoli, N.Edmondson, D.E.

(2005) J Biol Chem 280: 15761

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M500949200
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    2BK3, 2BK4, 2BK5

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Several reversible inhibitors selective for human monoamine oxidase B (MAO B) that do not inhibit MAO A have been described in the literature. The following compounds: 8-(3-chlorostyryl)caffeine, 1,4-diphenyl-2-butene, and trans,trans-farnesol are shown to inhibit competitively human, horse, rat, and mouse MAO B with K(i) values in the low micromolar range but are without effect on either bovine or sheep MAO B or human MAO A. In contrast, the reversible competitive inhibitor isatin binds to all known MAO B and MAO A with similar affinities. Sequence alignments and the crystal structures of human MAO B in complex with 1,4-diphenyl-2-butene or with trans,trans-farnesol provide molecular insights into these specificities. These inhibitors span the substrate and entrance cavities with the side chain of Ile-199 rotated out of its normal conformation suggesting that Ile-199 is gating the substrate cavity. Ile-199 is conserved in all known MAO B sequences except bovine MAO B, which has Phe in this position (the sequence of sheep MAO B is unknown). Phe is conserved in the analogous position in MAO A sequences. The human MAO B I199F mutant protein of MAO B binds to isatin (K(i) = 3 microM) but not to the three inhibitors listed above. The crystal structure of this mutant demonstrates that the side chain of Phe-199 interferes with the binding of those compounds. This suggests that the Ile-199 "gate" is a determinant for the specificity of these MAO B inhibitors and provides a molecular basis for the development of MAO B-specific reversible inhibitors without interference with MAO A function in neurotransmitter metabolism.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Biochemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
A, B
520Homo sapiensMutation(s): 1 
Membrane Entity: Yes 
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PHAROS:  P27338
GTEx:  ENSG00000069535 
Entity Groups  
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UniProt GroupP27338
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Small Molecules
Ligands 2 Unique
IDChains Name / Formula / InChI Key2D Diagram3D Interactions
Query on FAD

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C [auth A],
E [auth B]
C27 H33 N9 O15 P2
Query on RAS

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D [auth A],
F [auth B]
C12 H15 N
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.90 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.218 
  • R-Value Work: 0.191 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.192 
  • Space Group: C 2 2 2
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 132.026α = 90
b = 223.524β = 90
c = 86.714γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
MOSFLMdata reduction
SCALAdata scaling

Structure Validation

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2005-02-14
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2012-02-29
    Changes: Derived calculations, Non-polymer description, Other, Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2023-12-13
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Derived calculations, Refinement description