Identification of High Affinity Polo-like Kinase 1 (Plk1) Polo-box Domain Binding Peptides Using Oxime-Based Diversification

Chemical Biology Laboratory, Molecular Discovery Program, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute-Frederick, Frederick, MD 21702, USA.
ACS Chemical Biology (Impact Factor: 5.36). 02/2012; 7(5):805-10. DOI: 10.1021/cb200469a
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ABSTRACT In an effort to develop improved binding antagonists of the polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) polo-box domain (PBD), we optimized interactions of the known high affinity 5-mer peptide PLHSpT using oxime-based post solid-phase peptide diversification of the N-terminal Pro residue. This allowed us to achieve up to two orders of magnitude potency enhancement. An X-ray crystal structure of the highest affinity analogue in complex with Plk1 PBD revealed new binding interactions in a hydrophobic channel that had been occluded in X-ray structures of the unliganded protein. This study represents an important example where amino acid modification by post solid-phase oxime ligation can facilitate the development of protein-protein interaction inhibitors by identifying new binding pockets that would not otherwise be accessible to coded amino acid residues.

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