The kinase interaction motif protein tyrosine phosphatases (KIM-PTPs), HePTP, PTPSL and STEP, are involved in the negative regulation of mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) signalling pathways and are important therapeutic targets for a number of diseases. We have used VSpipe, a virtual screening pipeline, to identify a ligand cluster distribution that is unique to this subfamily of PTPs. Several clusters map onto KIM-PTP specific sequence motifs in contrast to the cluster distribution obtained for PTP1B, a classic PTP that mapped to general PTP motifs. Importantly, the ligand clusters coincide with previously reported functional and substrate binding sites in KIM-PTPs. Assessment of the KIM-PTP specific clusters, using ligand efficiency index (LEI) plots generated by the VSpipe, ascertained that the binders in these clusters reside in a more drug like chemical-biological space than those at the active site. LEI analysis showed differences between clusters across all KIM-PTPs, highlighting a distinct and specific profile for each phosphatase. The most druggable cluster sites are unexplored allosteric functional sites unique to each target. Exploiting these sites may facilitate the delivery of inhibitors of improved drug-like properties with selectivity amongst the KIM-PTPs and over other classical PTPs.
|Journal||International Journal of Molecular Sciences|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 6 Nov 2021|