Antimalarial drug quinacrine binds to C-terminal helix of cellular prion protein.

Using NMR spectroscopy we show that the cellular prion protein constitutes a target for binding of various acridine and phenothiazine derivatives. We unambiguously map the quinacrine binding site of recombinant human prion protein to residues Tyr225, Tyr226, and Gln227 of helix alpha3, which is located near the "protein X" epitope. The millimolar… CONTINUE READING