Anticoagulant Decapeptide Interacts with Thrombin at the Active Site and Exosite-I.J Agric Food Chem 2020; 68(1):176-184JA
Thrombin can be used as a target for its inhibitors to prevent blood coagulation. A novel peptide (TKLTEEEKNR, PfCN) identified from αS2-casein (fragments 211-220) with high anticoagulant activity was screened and prepared. The activated partial thromboplastin time, prothrombin time, and thrombin time, at the concentration of 4 mM, prolonged about 19, 2.5 and 5.5 s, respectively. At the same concentration, the fibrinogen clotting time prolonged from 25.5 ± 0.7 to 38.3 ± 1.3 s. The thrombin inhibitory efficiency in vitro (IC50 value of 29.27 mM) and antithrombosis effect in vivo were determined. The secondary structure of thrombin, which was influenced by PfCN, indicates that PfCN can bind to thrombin. Isothermal titration calorimetry and the chromogenic substrate test showed that PfCN belongs to the bivalent thrombin inhibitor like bivalirudin. Although the effect was not as good as bivalirudin, in the animal experiment, bleeding occurred in the bivalirudin group but not in the PfCN group. Moreover, molecular docking illustrates the mechanism for the antithrombin activity of PfCN. These results indicated that PfCN could be used as an effective thrombin inhibitor with broad potential for the prevention of thrombotic acute pulmonary embolism and other thrombotic events.