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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1992 Jul 31;186(2):624-31.

The inhibition of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase by quercetin and analogs.

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Lilly Research Laboratories, Indianapolis IN 46285-0403.


Phosphatidylinositol (PtdIns) 3-kinase is an enzyme involved in cellular responses to growth factors. Quercetin (2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-3,5,7-trihydroxy-4H-1-benzopyrano-4-one), a naturally occuring bioflavinoid, was found to inhibit PtdIns 3-kinase with an IC50 of 1.3 micrograms/ml (3.8 microM); inhibition appears to be directed towards the ATP binding site of the kinase. Analogs of quercetin were also investigated as PtdIns 3-kinase inhibitors, with the most potent compounds exhibiting IC50's in the range of 1.7-8.4 micrograms/ml (5-19 microM). In contrast, genistein, a potent tyrosine kinase inhibitor of the isoflavone class, did not inhibit PtdIns 3-kinase significantly (IC50 greater than 30 micrograms/ml). These findings suggest that flavinoids may serve as potent inhibitors of PtdIns 3-kinase. Furthermore, the enzyme is much more sensitive to substituents at the 3-position of the flavinoid ring than are other protein and PtdIns kinases, suggesting that specific inhibitors of PtdIns 3-kinase can be developed to explore the biological role of the enzyme in cellular proliferation and growth factor response.

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