Discovery of an inhibitor of insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor activation: implications for cellular potency and selectivity over insulin receptor.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) is an attractive target for anti-cancer therapy due to its anti-apoptotic effect on tumor cells, but inhibition of insulin receptor (IR) may have undesired metabolic consequences. The primary sequences of the ATP substrate-binding sites of these receptors are identical and the crystal structures of the activated kinase domains are correspondingly similar. Thus, most small-molecule inhibitors described to date are equally potent against the activated kinase domains of IGF-1R and IR. In contrast, the non-phosphorylated kinase domains of these receptors have several structural features that may accommodate differences in binding affinity for kinase inhibitors. We used a cell-based assay measuring IGF-1R autophosphorylation as an inhibitor screen, and identified a potent purine derivative that is selective compared to IR. Surprisingly, the compound is a weak inhibitor of the activated IGF-1R tyrosine kinase domain. Biochemical and structural studies are presented that indicate the compound preferentially binds to the ATP site of non-phosphorylated IGF-1R compared to phosphorylated IGF-1R. The potential selectivity and potency advantages of this binding mode are discussed.

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Cited Authors

  • Wood, ER; Shewchuk, L; Hassel, A; Nichols, J; Truesdale, AT; Smith, D; Carter, HL; Weaver, K; Barrett, G; Leesnitzer, T; Alvarez, E; Bardera, AI; Alamillo, A; Cantizani, J; Martin, J; Smith, GK; Jensen, DE; Xie, H; Mook, R; Kumar, R; Kuntz, K

Published Date

  • December 15, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 78 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1438 - 1447

PubMed ID

  • 19665448

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-2968

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bcp.2009.07.022


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England