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Probing the side chain tolerance for inhibitors of the CD95/PLCγ1 interaction

Abstract : Proceeding our effort to study protein-protein interaction between the death receptor CD95 and phospholipase PLCγ1, we present in the current work chameleon-like traits of peptidomimetic inhibitors. Minute analysis of the interaction suggests that most of the binding energy relies on van der Waals contacts rather than more specific features, such as hydrogen bonds or salt bridges. The two most important positions of the peptoid for its interaction with PLCγ1 (Arg184 and Arg187) were modified to test this hypothesis. While Arg184 proves to be exchangeable for Trp, with no alteration in affinity, the nature of the amino acid replacing Arg187 is more dependent on its positive charge. However, affinity can be partially recovered by increasing van der Waals interactions. Overall, this study shows that for both positions, a subtle balance exists between hydrophobicity, surface contacts and affinity for CD95/PLCγ1, and provides information for the generation of new therapeutic compounds toward this druggable target.
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Ha Thanh Nguyen, Jean-Philippe Guegan, Daniel Best, Pierre van de Weghe, Nicolas Levoin, et al.. Probing the side chain tolerance for inhibitors of the CD95/PLCγ1 interaction. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Elsevier, 2019, 29 (21), pp.126669. ⟨10.1016/j.bmcl.2019.126669⟩. ⟨hal-02393634⟩



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