Crystal structures of stapled and hydrogen bond surrogate peptides targeting a fully buried protein-helix interaction

ACS Chem Biol. 2014 Oct 17;9(10):2204-9. doi: 10.1021/cb500271c. Epub 2014 Aug 6.


Constrained α-helical peptides are an exciting class of molecule designed to disrupt protein-protein interactions (PPIs) at a surface-exposed helix binding site. Complexes that engage more than one helical face account for over a third of structurally characterized helix PPIs, including several examples where the helix is fully buried. However, no constrained peptides have been reported that have targeted this class of interaction. We report the design of stapled and hydrogen bond surrogate (HBS) peptides mimicking the helical tail of the malaria parasite invasion motor myosin (myoA), which presents polar and hydrophobic functionality on all three faces in binding its partner, myoA tail interacting protein (MTIP), with high affinity. The first structures of these different constrained peptides bound to the same target are reported, enabling a direct comparison between these constraints and between staples based on monosubstituted pentenyl glycine (pGly) and disubstituted pentenyl alanine (pAla). Importantly, installation of these constraints does not disrupt native interactions in the buried site, so the affinity of the wild-type peptide is maintained.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Hydrogen Bonding
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nonmuscle Myosin Type IIA / chemistry*
  • Nonmuscle Myosin Type IIA / metabolism*
  • Peptide Fragments / chemistry*
  • Peptide Fragments / metabolism
  • Plasmodium falciparum / metabolism*
  • Protein Structure, Secondary
  • Protozoan Proteins / chemistry*
  • Protozoan Proteins / metabolism*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • Peptide Fragments
  • Protozoan Proteins
  • Nonmuscle Myosin Type IIA

Associated data

  • PDB/4MZJ
  • PDB/4MZK
  • PDB/4MZL