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Inhibition of Trypanosoma evansi Protein-Tyrosine Phosphatase by Myristic Acid Analogues Isolated from Khaya senegalensis and Tamarindus indica

Authors Dingwoke EJ, Adamude FA, Chukwuocha CE, Ambi AA, Nwobodo NN, Sallau AB, Nzelibe HC

Received 13 August 2019

Accepted for publication 8 November 2019

Published 18 December 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 135—148

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JEP.S226632

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Bal Lokeshwar


Emeka John Dingwoke,1 Fatima Amin Adamude,2 Chimee Ethel Chukwuocha,1 Ahmed Adamu Ambi,1 Nwobodo Ndubuisi Nwobodo,3,4 Abdullahi Balarabe Sallau,1 Humphrey Chukwuemeka Nzelibe1

1Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria; 2Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria; 3Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Medicine, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria; 4Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Health Sciences, Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria

Correspondence: Emeka John Dingwoke
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
Tel +234 7030665559
Email dinhimself@yahoo.com

Background: Trypanosome infections still pose severe health and economic consequences, especially in the endemic regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. Trypanosome differentiation to the procyclic forms which lack the immune evasion mechanisms for survival in the bloodstream is prevented by tyrosine dephosphorylation which is catalyzed by protein-tyrosine phosphatase; thereby promoting survival of the parasites in the host. Inhibition of Protein-tyrosine phosphatase is a strategic therapeutic target that could attenuate trypanosomiasis. This study investigated the in vitro inhibitory effect of stem bark extracts of Khaya senegalensis and Tamarindus indica on the enzymatic activity of protein-tyrosine phosphatase.
Methods: All determinations were carried out following standard procedures for analytical experiments. The analogues of myristic acid that inhibited the enzymatic activity of protein-tyrosine phosphatase were isolated by bioassay-guided fractionation of stem bark extracts of Khaya senegalensis and Tamarindus indica.
Results: Analogues of myristic acid proved to be potent inhibitors of protein-tyrosine phosphatase. Double reciprocal (Lineweaver–Burk) plots of the initial velocity data indicated non-competitive inhibition with Ki of 0.67 mg/mL for Khaya senegalensis and 2.17 mg/mL for Tamarindus indica. The kinetic parameters for the cleavage of para-nitrophenylphosphate by the enzyme showed a KM of 3.44 mM and Vmax of 0.19 μmol/min. Sodium orthovanadate, the enzymes’ specific inhibitor, inhibited the enzyme competitively with Ki of 0.20 mg/mL. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis of the stem bark bioactive fractions of Khaya senegalensis and Tamarindus indica revealed the presence of myristic acid analogues.
Conclusion: Analogues of myristic acid are potent inhibitors of protein-tyrosine phosphatase that could be developed as trypanocide to inhibit the enzymatic activity of protein-tyrosine phosphatase in order to prevent transmission of trypanosomes.

Keywords: Trypanosoma evansi, protein-tyrosine phosphatase, signal transduction, regulation, inhibition, myristic acid analogues, Khaya senegalensis; Tamarindus indica

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