We have disabled TNF receptor (TNFR) function by inducing allosteric modulation of tryptophan-107 (W107) in the receptor. The allosteric effect operates by means of an allosteric cavity found a short distance from a previously identified loop involved in ligand binding. Occupying this cavity by small molecules leads to perturbation of distal W107 and disables functions of the TNFR, a molecule not known to undergo conformational change upon binding TNF-α. TNF-α-induced NF-κB and p38 kinase activities and clinical symptoms of collagen-induced arthritis in mice were all diminished. Thus, disabling receptor function by induced conformational changes of active binding surfaces represents an innovative paradigm in structure-based drug design.
|Number of pages
|Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
|Published - Aug 2 2005
- Drug design
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