CLK3 A319V mutant bound with benzothiazole Tg003 (Cpd 2)

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.76 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.224 
  • R-Value Work: 0.186 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.188 

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DFG-1 Residue Controls Inhibitor Binding Mode and Affinity, Providing a Basis for Rational Design of Kinase Inhibitor Selectivity.

Schroder, M.Bullock, A.N.Fedorov, O.Bracher, F.Chaikuad, A.Knapp, S.

(2020) J Med Chem 63: 10224-10234

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jmedchem.0c00898
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    6YTA, 6YTD, 6YTE, 6YTG, 6YTI, 6YTW, 6YTY, 6YU1, 6Z2V, 6ZLN

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Selectivity remains a challenge for ATP-mimetic kinase inhibitors, an issue that may be overcome by targeting unique residues or binding pockets. However, to date only few strategies have been developed. Here we identify that bulky residues located N-terminal to the DFG motif (DFG-1) represent an opportunity for designing highly selective inhibitors with unexpected binding modes. We demonstrate that several diverse inhibitors exerted selective, noncanonical binding modes that exclusively target large hydrophobic DFG-1 residues present in many kinases including PIM, CK1, DAPK, and CLK. By use of the CLK family as a model, structural and biochemical data revealed that the DFG-1 valine controlled a noncanonical binding mode in CLK1, providing a rationale for selectivity over the closely related CLK3 which harbors a smaller DFG-1 alanine. Our data suggest that targeting the restricted back pocket in the small fraction of kinases that harbor bulky DFG-1 residues offers a versatile selectivity filter for inhibitor design.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Max von Lauestraße 9, 60438 Frankfurt, Germany.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Dual specificity protein kinase CLK3360Homo sapiensMutation(s): 1 
Gene Names: CLK3
UniProt & NIH Common Fund Data Resources
Find proteins for P49761 (Homo sapiens)
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Go to UniProtKB:  P49761
PHAROS:  P49761
GTEx:  ENSG00000179335 
Entity Groups  
Sequence Clusters30% Identity50% Identity70% Identity90% Identity95% Identity100% Identity
UniProt GroupP49761
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Small Molecules
Ligands 2 Unique
IDChains Name / Formula / InChI Key2D Diagram3D Interactions
EAE (Subject of Investigation/LOI)
Query on EAE

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C [auth A](1~{Z})-1-(3-ethyl-5-methoxy-1,3-benzothiazol-2-ylidene)propan-2-one
C13 H15 N O2 S
Query on EDO

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B [auth A]1,2-ETHANEDIOL
C2 H6 O2
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.76 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.224 
  • R-Value Work: 0.186 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.188 
  • Space Group: I 1 2 1
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 83.468α = 90
b = 44.949β = 110.54
c = 106.359γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
Aimlessdata scaling
PDB_EXTRACTdata extraction
XDSdata reduction

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2020-07-15
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2020-10-14
    Changes: Database references
  • Version 1.2: 2024-01-24
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Refinement description