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Comparison of-nitro versus-amino 4, 4′-substituents of disulfonic stilbenes as chloride channel blockers


We showed previously that the disulfonic stilbene DNDS (4, 4′-dinitrostilben-2, 2′-disulfonic acid) was a potent blocker of outwardly rectifying chloride channels (ORCC). The studies reported here were designed to quantify the relationship between electron withdrawal by the 4, 4′-substituents and blocker potency. Specifically we compared the blocking effects and molecular properties of the symmetrically substituted 4, 4′-diaminostilben-2, 2′-disulfonic acid (DADS) and the hemi-substituted 4-amino, 4′-nitrostilben-2, 2′-disulfonic acid (ANDS) with those of DNDS. Blockade was studied using outwardly rectifying colonic chloride channels incorporated into planar lipid bilayers. DADS was 430-fold and ANDS 44-fold less potent than DNDS as blockers of ORCC. Amplitude distribution analysis revealed that all three disulfonic stilbenes act as open channel blockers. Furthermore, this kinetic analysis indicated that the lower potency of DADS and ANDS was due to an increase in off rate. These results support the conclusion that the 4, 4′-substituents make an important contribution to blockade by stabilizing the channel-blocker complex. Isopotential electron contour maps illustrated the dramatic shift in charge at the 4, 4′-poles of the disulfonic stilbene molecule from electronegative in DNDS to electropositive in DADS as well as the bipolar contour of ANDS. Thus, the greater potency of DNDS results from the symmetric electronegative regions at the 4, 4′-poles of the molecule. We hypothesize that the channel protein has two corresponding electropositive areas at the blocker binding site.

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Venglarik, C.J., Singh, A.K. & Bridges, R.J. Comparison of-nitro versus-amino 4, 4′-substituents of disulfonic stilbenes as chloride channel blockers. Mol Cell Biochem 140, 137–146 (1994).

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Key words

  • Cl channels
  • DNDS
  • 4, 4′-dinitrostilben-2
  • 2′-disulfonic acid
  • band 3
  • molecular modeling