Enzymatic Synthesis of Epoxidized Metabolites of Docosahexaenoic, Eicosapentaenoic, and Arachidonic Acids

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Summary

We present a method useful for large-scale enzymatic synthesis and purification of specific enantiomers and regioisomers of epoxides of arachidonic acid (AA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) with the use of a bacterial cytochrome P450 enzyme (BM3).

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Woodman, J. W., Cinelli, M. A., Scharmen-Burgdolf, A., Lee, K. S. S. Enzymatic Synthesis of Epoxidized Metabolites of Docosahexaenoic, Eicosapentaenoic, and Arachidonic Acids. J. Vis. Exp. (148), e59770, doi:10.3791/59770 (2019).

Abstract

The epoxidized metabolites of various polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), termed epoxy fatty acids, have a wide range of roles in human physiology. These metabolites are produced endogenously by the cytochrome P450 class of enzymes. Because of their diverse and potent biological effects, there is considerable interest in studying these metabolites. Determining the unique roles of these metabolites in the body is a difficult task, as the epoxy fatty acids must first be obtained in significant amounts and with high purity. Obtaining compounds from natural sources is often labor intensive, and soluble epoxide hydrolases (sEH) rapidly hydrolyze the metabolites. On the other hand, obtaining these metabolites via chemical reactions is very inefficient, due to the difficulty of obtaining pure regioisomers and enantiomers, low yields, and extensive (and expensive) purification. Here, we present an efficient enzymatic synthesis of 19(S),20(R)- and 16(S),17(R)-epoxydocosapentaenoic acids (EDPs) from DHA via epoxidation with BM3, a bacterial CYP450 enzyme isolated originally from Bacillus megaterium (that is readily expressed in Escherichia coli). Characterization and determination of purity is performed with nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), and mass spectrometry (MS). This procedure illustrates the benefits of enzymatic synthesis of PUFA epoxy metabolites, and is applicable to the epoxidation of other fatty acids, including arachidonic acid (AA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to produce the analogous epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) and epoxyeicosatetraenoic acids (EEQs), respectively.

Introduction

As interest in the role that polyunsaturated fatty acids (particularly omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids) play in human biology has grown in recent years, researchers have taken notice of the wide range of appealing benefits that their metabolites exhibit. In particular, epoxy fatty acid metabolites produced by the cytochrome P450 class of enzymes have been a large point of focus. For example, many PUFA epoxides, including epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs), epoxydocosapentaenoic acids (EDPs) and epoxyeicosatetraenoic acids (EEQs), play a critical role in regulation of blood pressure and inflammation1,2,3,4,5. Interestingly, the specific enantiomers and regioisomers of AA and EPA epoxides are known to have varying effects on vasoconstriction6,7. While the physiological effects of the enantiomers and regioisomers of EETs and EEQs have been documented, little is known about the effect of the analogous epoxydocosapentaenoic acids (EDPs) formed from DHA. Widespread use of fish oil8, which is rich in both EPA and DHA, has also stirred interest in EDPs9. The benefits of these supplements are believed to be partly due to the downstream DHA metabolites (16,17-EDP and 19,20-EDP being the most abundant) because in vivo levels of EDPs coordinate very well with the amount of DHA in the diet10,11.

Studying the mechanisms and targets of these epoxy fatty acids by metabolomics, chemical biology, and other methods has proven challenging, in part because they exist as mixtures of regio- and stereo-isomers, and a method of obtaining pure amounts of the enantiomers and regioisomers is required. Conventional means for chemically synthesizing these compounds have proved ineffective. Use of peroxyacids like meta-chloroperoxybenzoic acid for epoxidation has many drawbacks, notably the lack of epoxidation selectivity, which necessitates expensive and painstaking purification of individual regioisomers and enantiomers. Total synthesis of DHA and EPA metabolites is possible, but also suffers from drawbacks that make it impractical for large-scale synthesis such as high costs and low yields12,13. Efficient overall production can be achieved with enzymatic synthesis, as enzymatic reactions are regio- and stereoselective14. Studies show that enzymatic epoxidation of AA and EPA (with BM3) is both regioselective and enantioselective15,16,17,18, but this procedure has not been tested with DHA, or on a large scale. The overall goal of our method was to scale up and optimize this chemoenzymatic epoxidation to rapidly produce significant amounts of pure epoxy fatty acids as their individual enantiomers. Using the method presented here, researchers have access to a simple and cost-effective strategy for synthesis of EDPs and other PUFA epoxy metabolites.

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Protocol

CAUTION: Please consult all relevant material safety data sheets (MSDS) before using the listed chemicals.

1. Expression of wild-type BM3

  1. Inoculate pBS-BM3 transfected DH5α E. coli (a generous donation from Dr. F. Ann Walker) in 5 mL of sterile LB broth with 0.5 mg of ampicillin added into a 20 mL culture tube.
  2. Incubate the cell culture in a shaker at 37 ˚C for 24 h at 200 rpm. Add the overnight starter culture (5 mL) and 100 mg of ampicillin to 1 L of sterile LB broth in a Fernbach or Erlenmeyer flask. Shake at 37 ˚C for 6 h at 200 rpm, then at 30 ˚C for 18 h at 200 rpm.
  3. Collect and centrifuge the cell culture at 4 ˚C for 10 min at 1,000 x g. Discard the supernatant and store the cell pellet at -78 ˚C until enzyme purification.
    NOTE: The supernatant can be either chemically sterilized by treatment with bleach or sterilized using an autoclave and then poured down the drain.

2. Purification of BM3.

  1. Cell lysis
    1. Thaw the cell pellet on ice and resuspend in 40 mL of ice-cold (4 ˚C) solubilization buffer (10 mM Tris, 0.01 mM phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride (PMSF;), 0.01 mM EDTA; pH 7.8).
      CAUTION: PMSF is toxic by contact.
    2. While on ice, sonicate the cells for 1 min with an ultrasonic homogenizer (output power setting 10, duty 100%), followed by a 1 min break on ice in order to lyse the cells. Repeat this procedure 6 times. Centrifuge the cell lysate at 4 ˚C for 30 min at 11,000 x g to pellet cell debris.
  2. Affinity chromatography
    1. Prepare a strong anion exchange chromatography column (see Table of Materials; diameter: 2.8 cm x 6 cm, column volume: 37 mL) by washing with 5 column volumes (CV) of buffer A (10 mM Tris, pH 7.8) at 4 ˚C.
    2. Add the cell lysates to equilibrated column and wash the column with 3 CV of cold buffer A. Elute the BM3 by washing the column with cold buffer B (10 mM Tris, 600 mM NaCl, 6 CV).
    3. Collect the reddish-brown eluent fraction. If the protein is not being used immediately, mix it with an equal volume of glycerol and flash freeze with liquid nitrogen. Store the frozen solution at -78 ˚C.

3. Epoxidation of DHA by BM3

  1. Prepare the reaction by adding 0.308 g (0.940 mmol) of DHA in 18.8 mL of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) to 2 L of stirring reaction buffer (0.12 M potassium phosphate, 5 mM MgCl2, pH 7.4) along with 20 nM of the thawed BM3 enzyme. The enzyme concentration can be determined by the carbon monoxide/dithionite spectral assay method19.
  2. While the solution is stirring, begin the reaction by adding 1 equivalent of NADPH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate reduced, tetrasodium salt, 0.808 g, 0.940 mmol) dissolved in reaction buffer. Stir the reaction for 30 min while bubbling air through the reaction mixture with an air-filled balloon attached to a syringe and needle.
  3. Using a spectrophotometer (see Table of Materials), check the absorbance of the reaction mixture at 340 nm to determine if NADPH is depleted. If there is no remaining absorbance indicating the consumption of NADPH, the reaction is complete.
    NOTE: Typically, the reaction is complete after 30 min.
  4. Quench the reaction mixture by slowly adding 1 M oxalic acid, dropwise, until the pH of the solution reaches 4.

4. Extraction of EDPs

  1. Extract the quenched buffer solution with 2 L of diethyl ether (anhydrous, peroxide-free) 3 times. Collect the ether layer (6 L) and dry with anhydrous magnesium sulfate (MgSO4).
  2. Filter the MgSO4 from the solution and concentrate the dried ether layer on a rotary evaporator to yield the crude EDP residue.
  3. Purify the residue by flash column chromatography (a 40 g silica cartridge is sufficient). Start at 10% ethyl acetate (EtOAc) in hexanes and ramp up to 60% EtOAc in hexanes over 22 min.
    NOTE: Three major peaks are obtained and collected, eluting in the order of 1. unreacted DHA; 2. mixture of EDP isomers; and 3. di-epoxide (normal over-oxidation products (See Figure 1)).
  4. Combine the fractions and concentrate them on the rotary evaporator. From this example, 0.074 g, (24%) of unreacted DHA, 0.151 g (47%) of EDP isomers, and 0.076 g, (22%) of di-epoxide were obtained.

5. Esterification of EDPs, separation of 16(S),17(R)- and 19(S),20(R)-EDP, and saponification of esters

CAUTION: Trimethylsilyldiazomethane (TMS-diazomethane) is very toxic by both contact and inhalation. Use only in a fume hood with the proper personal protective equipment.

  1. Dilute the epoxides (0.151 g, 0.435 mmol) in a round-bottomed flask or small vial with 2 mL of anhydrous methanol (MeOH) and 3 mL of anhydrous toluene, add a stir-bar, and add TMS-diazomethane (1.2 molar equivalents, or 0.26 mL of a 2 M solution in hexanes) under argon.
  2. Wait 10 min and add additional TMS-diazomethane (0.050 mL) until a pale yellow color remains.
  3. After 30 min, carefully concentrate the mixture using the rotary evaporator and purify the residue by flash column chromatography. Elute with 4% EtOAc in hexanes (using a 40 g silica gel column or cartridge) for 22 min. In this example, 19,20-EDP methyl ester (0.116 g, 74%) and 16,17-EDP methyl ester (0.029 g, 19%), were obtained as clear oils (total yield, 93%).
  4. Collect the fractions containing the purified EDP methyl ester regioisomers. 19(S),20(R)-EDP methyl ester elutes first, followed by 16(S),17(R)-EDP methyl ester.
  5. If any mixed fractions remain (containing both isomers; can be assessed by thin-layer chromatography (TLC) in 8:1 hexane/EtOAc and stained with potassium permanganate (KMnO4)), re-chromatograph them with the same solvent system as before.
  6. Concentrate the fractions containing the individual regioisomers.
    NOTE: At this point, identity and purity may be assessed by NMR (using CDCl3 as the solvent; see the legend for Figure 2).
  7. To convert individual EDP methyl ester regioisomers to their acid forms, dilute the EDP ester in THF:water (approximately 0.7 mL/0.1 mmol of ester). Add 2 M aqueous LiOH (3 molar equivalents) and stir overnight.
    NOTE: Completeness of the reaction can be assessed by TLC, using 3:1 hexanes/EtOAc, staining with KMnO4; the product has a retention factor of ~0.3.
  8. Quench the reaction slowly with formic acid, until the pH of the mixture reaches 3-4. Add water and ethyl acetate (1-2 mL/0.100 mmol of ester) and separate the layers. Extract the water layer with EtOAc (3 x 5 mL), wash with saturated brine (NaCl) solution, and dry the EtOAc layer over anhydrous sodium sulfate (Na2SO4).
  9. Concentrate the ethyl acetate solution using a rotary evaporator, add hexanes (10 mL) and concentrate again. Repeat twice to azeotropically remove residual formic acid. Purify the residue by flash column chromatography, eluting with 10-30% EtOAc over 15 min.
  10. Concentrate the desired fractions and dry in vacuo to afford the purified acid.
    NOTE: At this stage, enantiomeric purity may be assessed (by chiral HPLC, see the legends for Figure 3 - Figure 4 for column and conditions). Chemical purity can be assessed by C18 (achiral) HPLC (see Table of Materials and reference 14).

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Representative Results

The flash column chromatogram (performed using an automated flash purification system as described below) obtained upon purification of the crude mixture from enzymatic epoxidation is shown in Figure 1. Following esterification and separation of the regioisomers, pure 16(S),17(R)-EDP and 19(S),20(R)-EDP methyl esters were obtained. Typically, they are present in an approximate 1:4 to 1:5 ratio, with the major product being 19(S),20(R)-EDP. No other EDP regioisomers (e.g., 13,14- or 10,11-EDP) are obtained. The 1H-NMR spectra of 16(S),17(R)-EDP (Figure 2A) and 19(S),20(R)-EDP (Figure 2B) methyl esters along with their structures are shown below, indicating the high purity of these compounds; C18 (achiral) HPLC of the acid forms also indicated purities >98%. Their identity was further confirmed by high-resolution mass spectroscopy (both of the acid and ester forms), which yielded mass/charge ratios and fragmentation patterns consistent with the identified EDPs. Enantiomeric purity was determined using chiral HPLC, by comparison to authentic enantiopure and mixed standards of the EDPs (in their acid form, Figure 3A and Figure 4A). As can be observed in Figure 3B and Figure 4B, both EDPs obtained by enzymatic epoxidation are highly enantiopure following saponification (>99% one enantiomer). The identities of these enantiomers were previously reported to be 16(S),17(R)- and 19(S), 20(R)-EDP18.

Figure 1
Figure 1. Chromatogram from purification of crude mixture obtained from enzymatic epoxidation of DHA (along with relevant structures). The middle peak (monoepoxide) contains the desired EDPs. Purification was performed using an automated flash purification system (see Table of Materials). Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Figure 2
Figure 2. Example 1H-NMR spectra of pure 16(S),17(R)-EDP methyl ester (2A) and 19(S),20(R)-EDP methyl ester (2B). Spectra were recorded at 500 MHz in CDCl3 (solvent is visible at 7.26 ppm and residual water at 1.6 ppm). The chemical shifts are as follows: 16(S),17(R)-EDP methyl ester: 1H-NMR (500 MHz; CDCl3): δ 5.57-5.35 (m, 10 H), 3.68 (s, 3 H), 2.99-2.95 (m, 2 H), 2.87-2.83 (m, 6 H), 2.47-2.37 (m, 6 H), 2.29-2.21 (m, 2 H), 2.11-2.05 (m, 2 H), 0.99 (t, J = 7.5 Hz, 3 H); 19(S),20(R)-EDP methyl ester: 1H-NMR (500 MHz; CDCl3): δ 5.54-5.35 (m, 10 H), 3.68 (s, 3 H), 2.97 (td, J = 6.4, 4.2 Hz, 1 H), 2.91 (td, J = 6.3, 4.2 Hz, 1 H), 2.85-2.82 (m, 8 H), 2.44-2.36 (m, 5 H), 2.27-2.21 (m, 1 H), 1.65-1.51 (m, 3 H), 1.06 (t, J = 7.5 Hz, 3 H). Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Figure 3
Figure 3Chiral HPLC indicating enantiopurity of 16,17-EDP (acid form) produced by BM3. Figure 3A shows a chiral HPLC chromatogram of "racemic" 16,17-EDP (an artificial mixture of authentic standards of both enantiomers14), whereas Figure 3B shows a chiral HPLC chromatogram of enantiopure 16(S),17(R)-EDP produced by epoxidation of DHA with BM3, assessed as >99% S,R isomer. The column is cellulose-based (see Table of Materials, 250 x 4.6 mm, 5 µm, 1,000 Å) eluting with isocratic 45% 50 mM ammonium bicarbonate (NH4HCO3) in methanol (30 min), with a sample concentration of 0.5 mM and flow rate of 1 mL/min. Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Figure 4
Figure 4Chiral HPLC indicating enantiopurity of 19,20-EDP (acid form) produced by BM3. Figure 4A shows a chiral HPLC chromatogram of "racemic" 19,20-EDP (an artificial mixture of authentic standards of both enantiomers14), whereas Figure 4B shows a chiral HPLC chromatogram of enantiopure 19(S),20(R)-EDP produced by epoxidation of DHA with BM3, assessed as >99% S,R isomer (method as described for Figure 3). Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Figure 5
Figure 5. Overall enzymatic epoxidation reaction scheme and relevant structures of AA, EPA, EETs, and EEQs produced by this method Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

Figure 6
Figure 6. Chiral HPLC indicating enantiopurity of 17,18-EEQ (acid form) produced by BM3. Figure 6A shows a chiral HPLC chromatogram of "racemic" 17,18-EEQ (an artificial mixture of authentic standards of both enantiomers14), whereas Figure 6B shows a chiral HPLC chromatogram of enantiopure 17(S),18(R)-EEQ produced by epoxidation of EPA with BM3, assessed as >99% S,R isomer (method as described for Figure 3). Please click here to view a larger version of this figure.

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Discussion

We present here an operationally simple and cost-effective method for preparing the two most abundant epoxy metabolites of DHA - 19,20 and 16,17-EDP. These epoxy fatty acids can be prepared in highly enantiopure (as their S,R-isomers) form using wild-type BM3 enzyme. Several critical points which may be used for troubleshooting, and the extension of our method to preparing enantiopure epoxy metabolites of AA and EPA, are described below.

BM3 storage guidelines

Storing the purified BM3 enzyme is possible by mixing the protein solution with equal volume of glycerol and flash freezing with liquid nitrogen before storage in a -78 ˚C freezer. Once the enzyme is frozen, it can be stored for up to a year. The enzyme can only be thawed once, must be thawed on ice, and can only be left on ice for 4 h. Freezing again, and allowing the enzyme to thaw without an ice bath will deactivate the enzyme.

Chemical storage guidelines

Many of the compounds required for the procedure are air-sensitive. These include DHA and other PUFAs, EDPs and other epoxy metabolites, and NADPH. To prevent peroxidation (and other oxidative processes) of these compounds, always flush the containers in which they are stored with argon or nitrogen and store at -78 ˚C.

Another important note is the solution in which the DHA is stored. Although DHA is not very stable in DMSO, BM3 is incompatible with ethanol and methanol, so DMSO must be used. To counteract its low stability, the DHA mixture must be prepared freshly the same day as the epoxidation. The total DMSO percentage in the reaction mixture must be kept under 1% to avoid deactivating the enzyme. Additionally, because NADPH has a short shelf life, the concentration should be checked with the spectrophotometer prior to addition to reaction. This ensures that 1 equivalent of the NADPH is always added to the reaction mixture.

Epoxidation reaction guidelines

Airflow from the balloon into reaction mixture must be maintained in order to keep the reaction oxygenated as oxygen is necessary for epoxidation. The mixture must also be stirred rapidly, since PUFAs are not very soluble in water (the solubility of DHA is ≤125 µM in the reaction buffer). The reaction is quenched with oxalic acid to denature protein (as it chelates metal and removes cofactors) and acid keeps DHA its neutral form, which is necessary for diethyl ether extraction. The quenching of the reaction mixture must be done slowly to avoid acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of the EDPs.

EDP extraction and purification guidelines

Ether was chosen specifically as the extraction solvent for multiple reasons. Dichloromethane can precipitate the protein out of solution, which complicates the extraction. EtOAc extracts glycerol (added with the enzyme stock solution), which is difficult to remove and interferes with the flash chromatography.

EDP regioisomers in their free acid state are not easily separable, which is why the regioisomers are mixed into a single peak in the first flash column chromatography. Once they are converted to the methyl esters, the regioisomers are readily separable. Additionally, the esters are generally more stable than the corresponding acids for long-term storage if the acid form is not needed immediately.

Significance of the method with respect to existing/alternative methods

Our method provides a simple and effective method for obtaining enantiopure EDPs, which has many advantages over existing and alternative methods. First, chemical epoxidation of DHA and other PUFAs and their derivatives is neither regioselective or enantioselective, and complicated mixtures are often obtained. Multiple flash chromatography columns and preparative HPLC, including chiral preparative HPLC, are therefore necessary to purify enantiopure epoxy fatty acids from these mixtures, which are labor intensive and can produce only very small amounts of the desired metabolites. Total synthesis can also be employed to produce epoxy fatty acids, but it is rigorous, time-consuming, requires multiple steps, and gives a low overall yield, whereas the BM3 enzyme is easy to express and purify, and the epoxidation is complete within a short period of time. Our method is also cost-effective: a commercial source20 currently offers 16,17- and 19,20-EDP (as their racemates) for 528 USD /0.5 mg. 1 g of NADPH can also be purchased for ~500-800 USD, and can be used to produce over two hundred times the amount of 19,20-EDP (and approximately fifty times the amount of 16,17-EDP) offered commercially for a similar price - and in enantiopure forms, which are currently not commercially available.

Limitations of the method

As this enzyme preferentially epoxidizes the last double bond of DHA, the major product is 19,20-EDP (although 16,17-EDP is also produced). Therefore, other DHA regioisomers that might be desired (e.g., 13,14-EDP, 10,11-EDP) cannot be produced by enzymatic epoxidation with wild-type BM3. Also, as only the SR-enantiomers are produced by BM3, the RS-enantiomers are inaccessible, although our previously published chemical inversion method14 may be used to synthesize them. Additionally, because of the low solubility of lipophilic PUFAs in the reaction buffer, very large amounts of buffer would be necessary for large-scale production (ca. 500-1,000 mg) of EDPs, which could potentially make extraction time-consuming or prohibitive.

Other applications of the method

Pleasingly, this enzymatic epoxidation protocol is also applicable to EPA and AA (relevant structures are shown in Figure 5). The concentrations, buffer, and reaction time required for epoxidation of all three fatty acids is the same. For the EPA, the wild-type BM3 enzyme is also used, and the EEQ fraction obtained from EPA (56% yield of monoepoxide), after esterification is ~14:1 17,18-EEQ:14,15-EEQ. Similar to the observations made for EDPs, the 17,18-EEQ obtained is highly enantiopure (>99% 17(S),18(R)-EEQ, see Figure 6) as assessed by chiral HPLC (see Figure 3 legend and Table of Materials). Identity of enantiomers was previously reported17. For AA, however, the F87V BM3 mutant must be used instead as wild-type BM3 is a hydroxylase for AA21. Expression and purification of this mutant also uses the above protocol, and epoxidation is performed in an analogous fashion. By this method, 14,15-EET is obtained as the sole regioisomer. As 14,15-EET free acid is inseparable from unreacted AA following the epoxidation, esterification is necessary; 14,15-EET methyl ester is obtained in 52% yield from AA. Chiral HPLC (see Figure 3 legend and Table of Materials) of the acid indicates highly enantiopure (>99%) 14(S),15(R)-EET (as previously reported)15. The chemical shifts for these EPA and AA metabolites are as follows: 17(S),18(R)-EEQ methyl ester:1H-NMR (500 MHz; CDCl3): δ 5.53-5.34 (m, 8 H), 3.67 (s, 3 H), 2.96 (td, J = 6.4, 4.2 Hz, 1 H), 2.90 (td, J = 6.3, 4.2 Hz, 1 H), 2.85-2.79 (m, 6 H), 2.44-2.38 (m, 1 H), 2.32 (t, J = 7.5 Hz, 2 H), 2.26-2.20 (m, 1 H), 2.11 (q, J = 6.7 Hz, 2 H), 1.71 (quintet, J = 7.4 Hz, 2 H), 1.66-1.50 (m, 2 H), 1.05 (t, J = 7.5 Hz, 3 H); 14(S),15(R)-EET methyl ester: 1H-NMR (500 MHz; CDCl3): δ 5.53-5.33 (m, 6 H), 3.67 (s, 3 H), 2.95-2.92 (m, 2 H), 2.81 (dt, J = 17.8, 5.8 Hz, 4 H), 2.40 (dt, J = 14.1, 6.8 Hz, 1 H), 2.32 (t, J = 7.5 Hz, 2 H), 2.23 (dt, J = 14.1, 6.8 Hz, 1 H), 2.11 (q, J = 6.8 Hz, 2 H), 1.71 (quintet, J = 7.4 Hz, 2 H), 1.56-1.41 (m, 4 H), 1.38-1.30 (m, 4 H), 0.90 (t, J = 7.1 Hz, 3 H).

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Disclosures

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Acknowledgments

This work is funded by R00 ES024806 (National Institutes of Health), DMS-1761320 (National Science Foundation) and startup funds from Michigan State University. The authors wish to thank Dr. Jun Yang (University of California at Davis) and Lalitha Karchalla (Michigan State University) for assistance with optimization of the enzymatic reaction, and Dr. Tony Schilmiller (MSU Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics Facility) for assistance with HRMS data acquisition.

Materials

Name Company Catalog Number Comments
Ammonium Bicarbonate Sigma 9830 NA
Ampicillin GoldBio A30125 NA
Anhydrous magnesium sulfate Fisher Scientific M65-3 NA
Anhydrous methanol Sigma-Aldrich 322515 NA
Anhydrous sodium sulfate Fisher Scientific S421-500 NA
Anhydrous toluene Sigma-Aldrich 244511 NA
Arachidonic Acid (AA) Nu-Chek Prep U-71A Air-sensitive. 
Diethyl Ether Sigma 296082 NA
DMSO (molecular biology grade) Sigma-Aldrich D8418 NA
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Nu-Chek Prep U-84A Air-sensitive. 
EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) Invitrogen 15576028 NA
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) Nu-Chek Prep  U-99A Air-sensitive. 
Ethyl acetate Sigma  34858 NA
Flash column cartridges 25, 40, 4, 12 g sizes Fisher Scientific 145170203, 145154064, 5170200 Alternatively, conventional column chromatography can be used
Formic acid (HPLC Grade) J.T. Baker 0128-01 NA
Glycerol Sigma G7757 NA
Hexanes VWR BDH24575 NA
LB Broth Sigma L3022 NA
Lithium hydroxide Sigma-Aldrich 442410 NA
Magnesium chloride Fisher Scientific 2444-01 NA
Methanol (HPLC grade) Sigma-Aldrich 34860-41-R NA
NADPH Tetrasodium Salt Sigma-Aldrich 481973 Air-sensitive. 
Oxalic acid Sigma-Aldrich 194131 NA
pBS-BM3 transfected DH5α E. coli NA NA NA
PMSF (phenylmethanesulfonyl fluoride) Sigma P7626 Toxic!
Potassium Permanganate Sigma-Aldrich 223468 For TLC staining. 
Potassium phosphate dibasic Sigma 795496 NA
Potassium phosphate monobasic Sigma 795488 NA
Q Sepharose Fast Flow resin (GE Healthcare life sciences) Fisher Scientific 17-0515-01 For anion exchange purification of enzyme
Sodium Chloride Sigma 71376 NA
Tetrahydrofuran, anhydrous Sigma-Aldrich 186562 NA
TMS-Diazomethane (2.0 M in hexanes) Sigma-Aldrich 362832 Very toxic. 
Tris-HCl GoldBio T-400 NA
Also necessary:
Automatic flash purification system (we used a Buchi Reveleris X2)  Buchi
C18 HPLC column (Zorbax Eclipse XDB-C18) Agilent
Centrifuge capable of 10,000 x g
Chiral HPLC Column (Lux cellulose-3), 250 x 4.6 mm, 5 µM, 1000 Å) Phenomenex
General chemistry supplies: a 2 L separatory funnel, beakers and Erlenmeyer flasks with 1000-2000 L capacity, 20 mL vials, HPLC vials, small round-bottomed flasks and stir-bars.
HPLC (we use a Shimadzu Prominence LC-20AT analytical pump and SPD-20A UV-vis detector Shimadzu
Nanodrop 2000 Spectrophotometer  Thermo-Fisher Scientific
NMR NMR: Agilent DD2 spectrometer (500 MHz)
Rotary evaporator Buchi
Sonic dismembrator or ultrasonic homogenizer Cole-Parmer

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