E Anouk Stigter

Technische Universität Dortmund, Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Publications (3)27.63 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Members of the Ras superfamily of small GTPases are frequently mutated in cancer. Therefore, inhibitors have been developed to address the acitivity of these GTPases by inhibiting their prenylating enzymes FTase, GGTase I, and RabGGTase. In contrast to FTase and GGTase I, only a handful of RabGGTase inhibitors have been developed. The most active RabGGTase inhibitor known until recently was an FTase inhibitor which hit RabGGTase as an off-target. We recently reported our efforts to tune the selectivity of these inhibitors toward RabGGTase. Here we describe an extended set of selective inhibitors. The requirements for selective RabGGTase inhibitors are described in detail, guided by multiple crystal structures. In order to relate in vitro and cellular activity, a high-throughput assay system to detect the attachment of [(3)H]geranylgeranyl groups to Rab was used. Selective RabGGTase inhibition allows the establishment of novel drug discovery programs aimed at the development of anticancer therapeutics.
    Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 09/2012; 55(19):8330-40. · 5.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Post-translational attachment of geranylgeranyl isoprenoids to Rab GTPases, the key organizers of intracellular vesicular transport, is essential for their function. Rab geranylgeranyl transferase (RabGGTase) is responsible for prenylation of Rab proteins. Recently, RabGGTase inhibitors have been proposed to be potential therapeutics for treatment of cancer and osteoporosis. However, the development of RabGGTase selective inhibitors is complicated by its structural and functional similarity to other protein prenyltransferases. Herein we report identification of the natural product psoromic acid (PA) that potently and selectively inhibits RabGGTase with an IC(50) of 1.3 μM. Structure-activity relationship analysis suggested a minimal structure involving the depsidone core with a 3-hydroxyl and 4-aldehyde motif for binding to RabGGTase. Analysis of the crystal structure of the RabGGTase:PA complex revealed that PA forms largely hydrophobic interactions with the isoprenoid binding site of RabGGTase and that it attaches covalently to the N-terminus of the α subunit. We found that in contrast to other protein prenyltransferases, RabGGTase is autoinhibited through N-terminal (α)His2 coordination with the catalytic zinc ion. Mutation of (α)His dramatically enhances the reaction rate, indicating that the activity of RabGGTase is likely regulated in vivo. The covalent binding of PA to the N-terminus of the RabGGTase α subunit seems to potentiate its interaction with the active site and explains the selectivity of PA for RabGGTase. Therefore, psoromic acid provides a new starting point for the development of selective RabGGTase inhibitors.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 04/2012; 134(17):7384-91. · 10.68 Impact Factor
  • Angewandte Chemie International Edition 05/2011; 50(21):4957-61. · 11.34 Impact Factor