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Chem Biol. 2012 Sep 21;19(9):1152-63. doi: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2012.07.017.

Substrate-selective inhibition of protein kinase PDK1 by small compounds that bind to the PIF-pocket allosteric docking site.

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Research Group PhosphoSites, Department of Internal Medicine I, Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt, Germany.


The PIF-pocket of AGC protein kinases participates in the physiologic mechanism of regulation by acting as a docking site for substrates and as a switch for the transduction of the conformational changes needed for activation or inhibition. We describe the effects of compounds that bind to the PIF-pocket of PDK1. In vitro, PS210 is a potent activator of PDK1, and the crystal structure of the PDK1-ATP-PS210 complex shows that PS210 stimulates the closure of the kinase domain. However, in cells, the prodrug of PS210 (PS423) acts as a substrate-selective inhibitor of PDK1, inhibiting the phosphorylation and activation of S6K, which requires docking to the PIF-pocket, but not affecting PKB/Akt. This work describes a tool to study the dynamics of PDK1 activity and a potential approach for drug discovery.

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