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JCAD. (2022, 10 octobre). Mcl-1 conformational landscape exploration , in JCAD 2022. [Vidéo]. Canal-U. (Consultée le 28 novembre 2023)

Mcl-1 conformational landscape exploration

Réalisation : 10 octobre 2022 - Mise en ligne : 29 novembre 2022
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Protein-protein interactions are attractive targets because they control numerous cellular processes. In oncology, apoptosis regulating Bcl-2 family proteins are of particular interest. Bcl-2 proteins are crucial regulators of the intrinsic mitochondrial pathway of apoptosis and comprise both pro-apoptotic and anti-apoptotic proteins.1 Apoptotic cell death is controlled via PPIs between the anti-apoptotic proteins hydrophobic groove and the pro-apoptotic proteins BH3 domain. Mcl-1 (an anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 member) is a key regulator of cancer cell survival and a known resistance factor to Bcl-2/Bcl-xL pharmacological inhibitors making it an attractive therapeutic target. The ability of Mcl-1 to bind different partners is possibly linked to the large plasticity of its binding groove, with four hydrophobic pockets, and hence to a wide conformational space accessible to this protein. We have developed recently in our laboratory a new family of original ligands able to bind to Mcl-1.2

In this study, we explore Mcl-1 conformational space on the basis of the crystallographic data available within the Protein data-bank (PDB), but also by using data harvested by conventional all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. For that purpose, methods to explore the essential dynamics such as principal component analysis (PCA)3, all-atom normal modes (ENM) are used to analyze this data. We successfully captured a breathing motion from both data-sets and we hypothesize that this breathing motion is a major structural feature that leads Mcl-1 to adapt to its binding partners.


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