Identification and characterization of topoisomerase II inhibitory peptides from soy protein hydrolysates

Wenyi Wang, Sanjeewa G. Rupasinghe, Mary A. Schuler, Elvira Gonzalez De Mejia

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Topoisomerases are targets of several anticancer agents because their inhibition impedes the processes of cell proliferation and differentiation in carcinogenesis. With very limited information available on the inhibitory activities of peptides derived from dietary proteins, the objectives of this study were to employ co-immunoprecipitation to identify inhibitory peptides in soy protein hydrolysates in a single step and to investigate their molecular interactions with topoisomerase II. For this, soy protein isolates were subjected to simulated gastrointestinal digestion with pepsin and pancreatin, and the human topoisomerase II inhibitory peptides were co-immunoprecipitated and identified on a CapLC- Micromass Q-TOF Ultima API system. The inhibitory activity of these peptides from soy isolates toward topoisomerase II was confirmed using three synthetic peptides, FEITPEKNPQ, IETWNPNNKP,and VFDGEL, which have IC50 values of 2.4, 4.0, and 7.9 mM, respectively. The molecular interactions of these peptides evaluated by molecular docking revealed interaction energies with the topoisomerase II C-terminal domain (CTD) (-186 to -398 kcal/mol) that were smaller than for the ATPase domain (-169 to -357 kcal/mol) and that correlated well with our experimental IC50 values (R2 = 0.99). In conclusion, three peptides released from in vitro gastrointestinal enzyme digestion of soy proteins inhibited human topoisomerase II activity through binding to the active site of the CTD domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6267-6277
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 13 2008


  • Dietary inhibitors
  • Molecular docking
  • Soy peptides
  • Topoisomerase II

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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