Using a combinatorial peptide library method, we identified YIYGSFK as an efficient and specific peptide substrate for pp60c-src protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) [Lam et al., Int. J. Pept. Protein Res., 45 (1995) 587]. Employing YIYGSFK as a template, we synthesized and evaluated a series of pseudosubstrate-based inhibitors for pp60c-src. We found that the efficiency of a given inhibitor was highly dependent on the specific tyrosine analog used at the phosphorylation site of the substrate. One of these pseudosubstrate inhibitors, YI(2′-Nal)GSFK, selectively inhibited the kinase activity of pp60c-src, with a Ki of 24 μM. This peptide inhibitor exhibited selectivity for pp60c-src as compared to other PTKs tested, such as c-Abl and Bcr-Abl. Our results suggest that selective inhibitors for a specific PTK can be developed when the structure of a specific and efficient small peptide substrate for this PTK can be used as a template for structure modification.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Letters in Peptide Science|
|State||Published - 1996|
- Peptide substrate
- Pseudosubstrate inhibitor
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