Erika de Moliner

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IQA [[5-oxo-5,6-dihydro-indolo(1,2-a)quinazolin-7-yl]acetic acid] is a novel ATP/GTP site-directed inhibitor of CK2 ('casein kinase 2'), a pleiotropic and constitutively active protein kinase whose activity is abnormally high in transformed cells. The K (i) value of IQA (0.17 microM) is lower than those of other CK2 inhibitors reported so far. Tested at 10(More)
Two novel crystal structures of Zea mays protein kinase CK2alpha catalytic subunit, one in complex with the specific inhibitor 4,5,6,7-tetrabromobenzotriazole (TBB) and another in the apo-form, were solved at 2.2 A resolution. These structures were compared with those of the enzyme in presence of ATP and GTP (the natural cosubstrates) and the inhibitor(More)
Protein kinases are targets for therapeutic agents designed to intervene in signaling processes in the diseased state. Most kinase inhibitors are directed towards the conserved ATP binding site. Because the essential features of this site are conserved in all eukaryotic protein kinases, it is generally assumed that the same compound will bind in a similar(More)
Components of the cell cycle machinery are frequently altered in cancer. Many of these alterations affect the cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) and their regulation. Staurosporine and 7-hydroxystaurosporine (UCN-01) are two natural product kinase inhibitors originally identified as potent protein kinase C inhibitors. Staurosporine is non-selective and too(More)
The structure of a complex between the catalytic subunit of Zea mays CK2 and the nucleotide binding site-directed inhibitor emodin (3-methyl-1,6,8-trihydroxyanthraquinone) was solved at 2.6-A resolution. Emodin enters the nucleotide binding site of the enzyme, filling a hydrophobic pocket between the N-terminal and the C-terminal lobes, in the proximity of(More)
The crystal structure of a complex between the catalytic alpha subunit of Zea mays CK2 and a 23-mer peptide corresponding the C-terminal sequence 181-203 of the human CK2 regulatory beta subunit has been determined at 3.16-A resolution. The complex, composed of two alpha chains and two peptides, presents a molecular twofold axis, with each peptide(More)
Protein kinases play key roles in signal transduction and therefore are among the most attractive targets for drug design. The pharmacological aptitude of protein kinase inhibitors is highlighted by the observation that various diseases with special reference to cancer are because of the abnormal expression/activity of individual kinases. The resolution of(More)
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