Selective solid phase extraction of JWH synthetic cannabinoids by using computationally designed peptides



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Mascini, Marcello and Montesano, Camilla and Perez, German and Wang, Joseph and Compagnone, Dario and Sergi, Manuel (2017) Selective solid phase extraction of JWH synthetic cannabinoids by using computationally designed peptides. Talanta, 167 . pp. 126-133.

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The objective of the present work is to demonstrate a rational way to prepare selective sorbents able to extract simultaneously several structural analogs. For this purpose the binding specificity of two hexapeptides computationally designed (VYWLVW and YYIGGF) versus four synthetic cannabinoids Naphthalen-1-yl-(1- pentylindol-3-yl)methanone (JWH 018), naphthalen-1-yl-(1-butylindol-3-yl)methanone (JWH 073), (R)-(1- ((1-methylpiperidin-2-yl)methyl)-1H-indol-3-yl)(naphthalen-1-yl)methanone (AM 1220) and (R)-(+)-[2,3- Dihydro-5-methyl-3-(4-morpholinylmethyl)pyrrolo[1,2,3-de]-1,4-benzoxazin-6-yl]-1-napthalenylmethanone (WIN 55) was computationally studied and then experimentally tested by solid-phase extraction (SPE) clean-up and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) analysis. The two peptides were chosen using a semi combinatorial virtual technique by generating 4 cycles of peptide libraries (around 2.3×104 elements). To select the two peptides, the simulated binding scores between synthetic cannabinoids and peptides was used by maximizing the recognition properties of amino acid motif between the two JWH and the other synthetic cannabinoids. In particular, the peptide YYIGGF, having also affinity for AM 120, was selected as control because it was the only one without tryptophan residues within the best peptides obtained from simulation. Experimentally, the two hexapeptides were tested as SPE sorbent using nanomolar solutions of the four drugs. After optimization of best retentions the binding constants were calculated by loading synthetic cannabinoids solutions at different concentrations. The results indicated a strong interaction between hexapeptide VYWLVW and JWH 018 (15.58 ± 2.03×106 M–1 ), 3-fold and 40-fold larger compared to the analog JWH 073 and both AM 1220 and the WIN 55. Similar trend was observed for the hexapeptide YYIGGF but the binding constants were at least three times lower highlighting the key role of the tryptophan. To demonstrate the hexapeptides specific interaction with only synthetic cannabinoids, a cross-reactivity study was carried out using other drugs (cocaine, morphine, phencyclidine and methamphetamine) in the same SPE condition. Finally the practical utility of these peptide modified sorbent materials was further demonstrated by detecting the synthetic cannabinoids in real samples using hair matrix.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Virtual screening, Molecular docking, Peptides, Solid phase extraction, Synthetic cannabinoids, Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry
Subjects:Sciences > Chemistry > Analytic chemistry
ID Code:56684
Deposited On:02 Aug 2019 10:17
Last Modified:02 Aug 2019 10:17

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