Hydrophobicity and functionality maps of farnesyltransferase

TitleHydrophobicity and functionality maps of farnesyltransferase
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsAhmed S., Majeux N., Caflisch A.
JournalJournal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling
Date PublishedJun-Aug 2001
Type of ArticleResearch Article
KeywordsAlkyl and Aryl Transferases, Animals, Catalytic Domain, Combinatorial Chemistry Techniques, Computer Simulation, Enzyme Inhibitors, Farnesyltranstransferase, Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions, Indoles, Ligands, Models, Molecular, Protein Conformation, Software, Substrate Specificity, Thermodynamics

Farnesyltransferase (FTase) catalyzes the attachment of a 15-carbon isoprenoid moiety, farnesyl, through a thioether linkage to a cysteine near the C-terminus of oncogenic Ras proteins. These transform animal cells to a malignant phenotype when farnesylated. Hence, FTase is an interesting target for the development of antitumor agents. In this work we first investigate the active site of FTase by mapping its hydrophobic patches. Then the program SEED is used to dock functional groups into the active site by an exhaustive search and efficient evaluation of the binding energy with solvation. The electrostatic energy is SEED is based on the continuum dielectric approximation and consists of screened intermolecular energy and protein and fragment desolvation terms. The results are found to be consistent with the sequence variability of the tetrapeptide substrate. The distribution of functional groups (functionality maps) on the substrate binding site allows for identification of modifications of the tetrapeptide sequence that are consistent with potent peptidic inhibitors. Furthermore, the best minima of benzene match corresponding moieties of an inhibitor in clinical trials. The functionality maps are also used to design a library of disubstituted indoles that might prevent the binding of the protein substrates.



Alternate JournalJ. Mol. Graph. Model.
PubMed ID11449569
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