A Single Amino Acid Exchange Inverts Susceptibility of Related Receptor Tyrosine Kinases for the ATP Site Inhibitor STI-571

ArticleinJournal of Biological Chemistry 278(7):5148-55 · March 2003with2 Reads
Impact Factor: 4.57 · DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M209861200 · Source: PubMed


    The tyrosine kinase inhibitor STI-571 potently blocks BCR-Abl, platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) alpha- and beta-receptors, and c-Kit kinase activity. Flt3, a receptor tyrosine kinase closely related to PDGF receptors and c-Kit is, however, not inhibited by STI-571. Sequence alignments of different kinases and indications from the crystal structure of the STI-571 Abl kinase complex revealed amino acid residues that are probably crucial for this activity profile. It was predicted that Flt3 Phe-691 in the beta5 strand may sterically prevent interaction with STI-571. The point mutants Flt3 F691T and PDGFbeta-receptor T681F were constructed, and kinase assays showed that the Flt3 mutant but not the PDGFbeta-receptor mutant is inhibited by STI-571. Docking of STI-571 into computer models of the PDGFbeta-receptor and Flt3 kinase domains and comparison with the crystal structure of the STI-571 Abl kinase complex indicated very similar binding sites among the three nonphosphorylated kinases, suggesting corresponding courses of their Asp-Phe-Gly motifs and activation loops. Accordingly, we observed reduced sensitivity of preactivated compared with nonactivated PDGFR-beta for the inhibition by STI-571. Courses of the activation loop that collide with STI-571 binding explain its inactivity at other kinases as the insulin receptor. The binding site models of PDGFR-beta and Flt3 were applied to predict structural approaches for more selective PDGFbeta-receptor inhibitors.