Mechanisms by Which Small Molecule Inhibitors Arrest Sec14 Phosphatidylinositol Transfer Protein Activity Institutional Repository Document uri icon


  • AbstractPhosphatidylinositol transfer proteins (PITPs) promote phosphoinositide signaling by enhancing phosphatidylinositol (PtdIns) 4-OH kinase activities in producing signaling pools of PtdIns-4-phosphate. As such, PITPs are key regulators of lipid signaling in eukaryotic cells. While the PITP phospholipid exchange cycle is the engine that stimulates PtdIns 4-OH kinase activity, the protein and lipid dynamics associated with this critical process are not understood. Herein, we use an integrative structural approach that takes advantage of small molecule inhibitors (SMIs) directed against the major yeast PITP (Sec14) to gain new insights into the mechanics of the Sec14 phospholipid exchange cycle from the perspective of protein, phospholipid and SMI dynamics. Moreover, as Sec14 has emerged as an attractive target for next-generation antifungal drugs, the structures of Sec14 bound to SMIs of four different chemotypes reported in this study provide critical information required for structure-based design of next-generation lead compounds that target Sec14 PITPs of virulent fungi.

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  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, X., Poudel, L., Hong, Z., Johnen, P., Katti, S. S., Tripathi, A., ... Igumenova, T. I.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Chen, Xiao-Ru||Poudel, Lokendra||Hong, Zebin||Johnen, Philipp||Katti, Sachin S||Tripathi, Ashutosh||Nile, Aaron H||Green, Savana M||Schaaf, Gabriel||Bono, Fulvia||Bankaitis, Vytas A||Igumenova, Tatyana I

Book Title

  • bioRxiv

publication date

  • August 2022