Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 70, Issue 8, pp 908–912 | Cite as

Inhibition of Family II Pyrophosphatases by Analogs of Pyrophosphate and Phosphate



Imidodiphosphate (the pyrophosphate analog containing a nitrogen atom in the bridge position instead of oxygen) is a potent inhibitor of family II pyrophosphatases from Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus gordonii (inhibition constant Ki ≈ 10 µM), which is slowly hydrolyzed by these enzymes with a catalytic constant of ≈1 min−1. Diphosphonates with different substituents at the bridge carbon atom are much less effective (Ki = 1–6 mM). The value of Ki for sulfate (a phosphate analog) is only 12 mM. The inhibitory effect of the pyrophosphate analogs exhibits only a weak dependence on the nature of the metal ion (Mn, Mg, or Co) bound in the active site.

Key words

pyrophosphatase diphosphonate phosphate inhibition family II Streptococcus mutans Streptococcus gordonii 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology and Faculty of ChemistryLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Food ChemistryUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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