Title

Inhibiting AMPylation: a novel screen to identify the first small molecule inhibitors of protein AMPylation

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Date

2-21-2014

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Adenosine Monophosphate; Adenosine Triphosphate; Anti-Bacterial Agents; Bacterial Proteins; Drug Discovery; High-Throughput Screening Assays; Humans; Small Molecule Libraries; Vibrio Infections; Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Disciplines

Biochemistry | Enzymes and Coenzymes | Medicinal-Pharmaceutical Chemistry | Therapeutics

Abstract

Enzymatic transfer of the AMP portion of ATP to substrate proteins has recently been described as an essential mechanism of bacterial infection for several pathogens. The first AMPylator to be discovered, VopS from Vibrio parahemolyticus, catalyzes the transfer of AMP onto the host GTPases Cdc42 and Rac1. Modification of these proteins disrupts downstream signaling events, contributing to cell rounding and apoptosis, and recent studies have suggested that blocking AMPylation may be an effective route to stop infection. To date, however, no small molecule inhibitors have been discovered for any of the AMPylators. Therefore, we developed a fluorescence-polarization-based high-throughput screening assay and used it to discover the first inhibitors of protein AMPylation. Herein we report the discovery of the first small molecule VopS inhibitors (e.g., calmidazolium, GW7647, and MK886) with Ki's ranging from 6 to 50 muM and upward of 30-fold selectivity versus HYPE, the only known human AMPylator.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: ACS Chem Biol. 2014 Feb 21;9(2):433-42. doi: 10.1021/cb4006886. Epub 2013 Nov 25. Link to article on publisher's site

Comments

At the time of publication, Paul Thompson was not yet affiliated with UMass Medical School.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed