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J Nat Prod. 2019 Jul 26;82(7):1961-1970. doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.9b00335. Epub 2019 Jul 1.

Chivosazole A Modulates Protein-Protein Interactions of Actin.

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Department of Pharmacy , Ludwig-Maximilians-University , 81377 Munich , Germany.
Biomolecular Self-Organization Laboratory , ITQB-Universidade Nova de Lisboa , 2780-157 Oeiras , Portugal.
Department of Biology II , Ludwig-Maximilians-University , 82152 Planegg-Martinsried , Germany.
Department of Pharmacy , Saarland University , 66125 Saarbrücken , Germany.
Department of Microbial Natural Products , Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland and Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research , 66123 Saarbrücken , Germany.
Department of Chemistry , Technical University Munich , 85748 Garching , Germany.


Actin is a protein of central importance for many cellular key processes. It is regulated by local interactions with a large number of actin binding proteins (ABPs). Various compounds are known to either increase or decrease the polymerization dynamics of actin. However, no actin binding compound has been developed for clinical applications yet because of selectivity issues. We provide a crystal structure of the natural product chivosazole A (ChivoA) bound to actin and show that-in addition to inhibiting nucleation, polymerization, and severing of F-actin filaments-it selectively modulates binding of ABPs to G-actin: Although unphysiological actin dimers are induced by ChivoA, interaction with gelsolin, profilin, cofilin, and thymosin-β4 is inhibited. Moreover, ChivoA causes transcriptional effects differing from latrunculin B, an actin binder with a different binding site. Our data show that ChivoA and related compounds could serve as scaffolds for the development of actin binding molecules selectively targeting specific actin functions.

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