• Buchwald-Hartwig versus Microwave-Assisted Amination of Chloroquinolines: En Route to the Pyoverdin Chromophore

      Seubert, Philipp; Freund, Marcel; Rudolf, Richard; Lin, Yulin; Altevogt, Luca; Bilitewski, Ursula; Baro, Angelika; Laschat, Sabine; HZI,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7,38124 Braunschweig, Germany. (Thieme Verlag, 2020-07-22)
      The reaction of 2-chloro-3-nitroquinoline and a series of amines and aminoalkanoates under basic microwave-mediated conditions and Buchwald-Hartwig amination conditions is reported. The microwave irradiation favored the reaction with amines, resulting in yields up to 80%, while amino acid functionalization gave yields comparable to those of BuchwaldHartwig amination. (2R)-4-[(6,7-dimethoxy-3-nitroquinolinyl)amino]-2-hydroxybutanoate could be successfully cyclized to the pyoverdin chromophore, a subunit of siderophores.
    • A NanoLuc luciferase-based assay enabling the real-time analysis of protein secretion and injection by bacterial type III secretion systems.

      Westerhausen, Sibel; Nowak, Melanie; Torres-Vargas, Claudia E; Bilitewski, Ursula; Bohn, Erwin; Grin, Iwan; Wagner, Samuel; HZI,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7,38124 Braunschweig, Germany. (Wiley, 2020-02-18)
      The elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of secretion through bacterial protein secretion systems is impeded by a shortage of assays to quantitatively assess secretion kinetics. Also the analysis of the biological role of these secretion systems as well as the identification of inhibitors targeting these systems would greatly benefit from the availability of a simple, quick and quantitative assay to monitor principle secretion and injection into host cells. Here, we present a versatile solution to this need, utilizing the small and very bright NanoLuc luciferase to assess the function of the type III secretion system encoded by Salmonella pathogenicity island 1. Type III secretion substrate-NanoLuc fusions are readily secreted into the culture supernatant, where they can be quantified by luminometry after removal of bacteria. The NanoLuc-based secretion assay features a very high signal-to-noise ratio and sensitivity down to the nanolitre scale. The assay enables monitoring of secretion kinetics and is adaptable to a high throughput screening format in 384-well microplates. We further developed a split NanoLuc-based assay that enables the real-time monitoring of type III secretion-dependent injection of effector-HiBiT fusions into host cells stably expressing the complementing NanoLuc-LgBiT.
    • Polyhalonitrobutadienes as Versatile Building Blocks for the Biotargeted Synthesis of Substituted N-Heterocyclic Compounds.

      Zapol'skii, Viktor A; Bilitewski, Ursula; Kupiec, Sören R; Ramming, Isabell; Kaufmann, Dieter E; HZI,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7,38124 Braunschweig, Germany. (MDPI, 2020-06-21)
      Substituted nitrogen heterocycles are structural key units in many important pharmaceuticals. A new synthetic approach towards heterocyclic compounds displaying antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus or cytotoxic activity has been developed. The selective synthesis of a series of 64 new N-heterocycles from the three nitrobutadienes 2-nitroperchloro-1,3-butadiene, 4-bromotetrachloro-2-nitro-1,3-butadiene and (Z)-1,1,4-trichloro-2,4-dinitrobuta-1,3-diene proved feasible. Their reactions with N-, O- and S-nucleophiles provide rapid access to push-pull substituted benzoxazolines, benzimidazolines, imidazolidines, thiazolidinones, pyrazoles, pyrimidines, pyridopyrimidines, benzoquinolines, isothiazoles, dihydroisoxazoles, and thiophenes with unique substitution patterns. Antibacterial activities of 64 synthesized compounds were examined. Additionally, seven compounds (thiazolidinone, nitropyrimidine, indole, pyridopyrimidine, and thiophene derivatives) exhibited a significant cytotoxicity with IC50-values from 1.05 to 20.1 µM. In conclusion, it was demonstrated that polyhalonitrobutadienes have an interesting potential as structural backbones for a variety of highly functionalized, pharmaceutically active heterocycles.
    • Regulation of Candida albicans Interaction with Macrophages through the Activation of HOG Pathway by Genistein

      Cui, Shuna; Hassan, Rabeay; Heintz-Buschart, Anna; Bilitewski, Ursula; HZI,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7,38124 Braunschweig, Germany. (MDPI AG, 2016-01-28)
      he severity of infections caused by Candida albicans, the most common opportunistic human fungal pathogen, needs rapid and effective antifungal treatments. One of the effective ways is to control the virulence factors of the pathogen. Therefore, the current study examined the effects of genistein, a natural isoflavone present in soybeans, on C. albicans. The genistein-treated C. albicans cells were then exposed to macrophages. Although no inhibition effect on the growth rates of C. albicans was noted an enhancement of the immune response to macrophages has been observed, indicated by phagocytosis and release of cytokines TNF-α and IL-10. The effect of genistein on the enhanced phagocytosis can be mimicked by the fungicides fludioxonil or iprodione, which inhibit the histidine kinase Cos1p and lead to activation of HOG pathway. The western blot results showed a clear phosphorylation of Hog1p in the wild type strain of C. albicans after incubation with genistein. In addition, effects of genistein on the phosphorylation of Hog1p in the histidine kinase mutants Δcos1 and Δsln1 were also observed. Our results thus indicate a new bio-activity of genistein on C. albicans by activation of the HOG pathway of the human pathogen C. albicans.
    • Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of a Library of AGE-Related Amino Acid Triazole Crosslinkers

      Icik, Esra; Jolly, Anthony; Löffler, Paul; Agelidis, Nektarios; Bugdayci, Bakiye; Altevogt, Luca; Bilitewski, Ursula; Baro, Angelika; LASCHAT, SABINE; HZI,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7,38124 Braunschweig, Germany. (Wiley-VCH, 2020-08-10)
      Three N‐Boc‐protected amino acids, l‐serine, l‐aspartic, and l‐glutamic acid, were either converted into their methyl azidoalkanoates or various alkynes via Bestmann‐Ohira strategy or via reaction with propargylamine and propargyl bromide, respectively. The Cu‐catalyzed click reaction provided a library of amino acid based triazoles, which were further N‐methylated to triazolium iodides or deprotected and precipitated as free amino acid triazole dihydrochlorides. The biological properties of all derivatives were investigated by cytotoxicity assay (against L929 mouse fibroblasts) and broth microdilution method (E. coli ΔTolC and S. aureus). First results reveal complete inactivity for triazolium iodides with cell viabilities and microbial growths nearly 100 %, indicating them as possible analogs of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs).
    • Triazole-based cross-linkers in radical polymerization processes: tuning mechanical properties of poly(acrylamide) and poly( -dimethylacrylamide) hydrogels

      Götz, Tobias; Schädel, Nicole; Petri, Nadja; Kirchhof, Manuel; Bilitewski, Ursula; Tovar, Günter E. M.; Laschat, Sabine; Southan, Alexander; HZI,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7,38124 Braunschweig, Germany.
      Triazole-based cross-linkers with different spacer lengths and different functional end groups (acrylamides, methacrylamides, maleimides and vinylsulfonamides) were synthesized, investigated for cytotoxic and antibacterial activity, and incorporated into poly(acrylamide) (PAAm) and poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (PDMAAm) hydrogels by free-radical polymerization. Hydrogels prepared with different cross-linkers and cross-linker contents between 0.2% and 1.0% were compared by gel yields, equilibrium degrees of swelling (S) and storage moduli (G0). Generally with increasing cross-linker content, G0 values of the hydrogels increased, while S values decreased. The different polymerizable cross-linker end groups resulted in a decrease of G0 in the following order for cross-linkers with C4 spacers: acrylamide > maleimide > methacrylamide > vinylsulfonamide. Longer cross-linker alkyl spacer lengths caused an increase in G0 and a decrease in S. Independent of the cross-linker used, a universal correlation between G0 and equilibrium polymer volume fraction f was found. For PAAm hydrogels, G0 ranged between 4 kPa and 23 kPa and f between 0.07 and 0.14. For PDMAAm hydrogels, G0 ranged between 0.1 kPa and 4.9 kPa and f between 0.02 and 0.06. The collected data were used to establish an empirical model to predict G0 depending on f. G0 of PAAm and PDMAAm hydrogels is given by G0 ¼ 4034 kPa f2.66 and G0 ¼ 4297 kPa f2.46, respectively.