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Creating diverse target-binding surfaces on FKBP12: synthesis and evaluation of a rapamycin analogue library.
ACS Combinatorial Science (2011)
  • Miguel A. Villalona Calero, M.D.
Abstract
FK506 and rapamycin are immunosuppressive drugs with a unique mode of action. Prior to binding to their protein targets, these drugs form a complex with an endogenous chaperone FK506-binding protein 12 (FKBP12). The resulting composite FK506-FKBP and rapamycin-FKBP binding surfaces recognize the relatively flat target surfaces of calcineurin and mTOR, respectively, with high affinity and specificity. To test whether this mode of action may be generalized to inhibit other protein targets, especially those that are challenging to inhibit by conventional small molecules, we have developed a parallel synthesis method to generate a 200-member library of bifunctional cyclic peptides as FK506 and rapamycin analogues, which were referred to as "rapalogs". Each rapalog consists of a common FKBP-binding moiety and a variable effector domain. The rapalogs were tested for binding to FKBP12 by a fluorescence polarization competition assay. Our results show that FKBP12 binds to most of the rapalogs with high affinity (K(I) values in the nanomolar to low micromolar range), creating a large repertoire of composite surfaces for potential recognition of macromolecular targets such as proteins.
Publication Date
September 12, 2011
Citation Information
Miguel A. Villalona Calero. "Creating diverse target-binding surfaces on FKBP12: synthesis and evaluation of a rapamycin analogue library." ACS Combinatorial Science Vol. 13 Iss. 5 (2011) p. 486 - 495
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/miguel-villalonacalero/70/