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ACS Chem Biol. 2013 Dec 20;8(12):2778-84. doi: 10.1021/cb400568g. Epub 2013 Oct 24.

Conformational dynamics of a regulator of G-protein signaling protein reveals a mechanism of allosteric inhibition by a small molecule.

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Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Hampshire , Durham, New Hampshire 03824, United States of America.


Regulators of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins are key players in regulating signaling via G protein-coupled receptors. RGS proteins directly bind to the Gα-subunits of activated heterotrimeric G-proteins, and accelerate the rate of GTP hydrolysis, thereby rapidly deactivating G-proteins. Using atomistic simulations and NMR spectroscopy, we have studied in molecular detail the mechanism of action of CCG-50014, a potent small molecule inhibitor of RGS4 that covalently binds to cysteine residues on RGS4. We apply temperature-accelerated molecular dynamics (TAMD) to carry out enhanced conformational sampling of apo RGS4 structures, and consistently find that the α5-α6 helix pair of RGS4 can spontaneously span open-like conformations, allowing binding of CCG-50014 to the buried side-chain of Cys95. Both NMR experiments and MD simulations reveal chemical shift perturbations in residues in the vicinity of inhibitor binding site as well as in the RGS4-Gα binding interface. Consistent with a loss of G-protein binding, GAP activity, and allosteric mechanism of action of CCG-50014, our simulations of the RGS4-Gα complex in the presence of inhibitor suggest a relatively unstable protein-protein interaction. These results have potential implications for understanding how the conformational dynamics among RGS proteins may play a key role in the sensitivity of inhibitors.

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