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FEBS Lett. 1997 Oct 27;416(3):230-4.

Fostriecin, an antitumor antibiotic with inhibitory activity against serine/threonine protein phosphatases types 1 (PP1) and 2A (PP2A), is highly selective for PP2A.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine, University of South Alabama, Mobile 36688, USA.


Fostriecin, an antitumor antibiotic produced by Streptomyces pulveraceus, is a strong inhibitor of type 2A (PP2A; IC50 3.2 nM) and a weak inhibitor of type 1 (PP1; IC50 131 microM) serine/threonine protein phosphatases. Fostriecin has no apparent effect on the activity of PP2B, and dose-inhibition studies conducted with whole cell homogenates indicate that fostriecin also inhibits the native forms of PP1 and PP2A. Studies with recombinant PP1/PP2A chimeras indicate that okadaic acid and fostriecin have different binding sites.

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