Identification of peptidomimetics as novel chemical probes modulating fibroblast growth factor 14 (FGF14) and voltage-gated sodium channel 1.6 (Nav1.6) protein-protein interactions

Zhiqing Liu, Paul Wadsworth, Aditya K. Singh, Haiying Chen, Pingyuan Wang, Oluwarotimi Folorunso, Pietro Scaduto, Syed R. Ali, Fernanda Laezza, Jia Zhou

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Abstract

The voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channel is the molecular determinant of action potential in neurons. Protein-protein interactions (PPI) between the intracellular Nav1.6 C-tail and its regulatory protein fibroblast growth factor 14 (FGF14) provide an ideal and largely untapped opportunity for development of neurochemical probes. Based on a previously identified peptide FLPK, mapped to the FGF14:FGF14 PPI interface, we have designed and synthesized a series of peptidomimetics with the intent of increasing clogP values and improving cell permeability relative to the parental lead peptide. In-cell screening using the split-luciferase complementation (LCA) assay identified ZL0177 (13) as the most potent inhibitor of the FGF14:Nav1.6 channel complex assembly with an apparent IC50 of 11 μM. Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings demonstrated that ZL0177 significantly reduced Nav1.6-mediated transient current density and induced a depolarizing shift of the channel voltage-dependence of activation. Docking studies revealed strong interactions between ZL0177 and Nav1.6, mediated by hydrogen bonds, cation-π interactions and hydrophobic contacts. All together these results suggest that ZL0177 retains some key features of FGF14-dependent modulation of Nav1.6 currents. Overall, ZL0177 provides a chemical scaffold for developing Nav channel modulators as pharmacological probes with therapeutic potential of interest for a broad range of CNS and PNS disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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NAV1.6 Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel
Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels
Peptidomimetics
Proteins
Peptides
Clamping devices
Luciferases
Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions
Scaffolds
Modulators
Action Potentials
Inhibitory Concentration 50
Neurons
Cations
Hydrogen
Permeability
Assays
Hydrogen bonds
Screening
Current density

Keywords

  • Chemical probes
  • Fibroblast growth factor
  • Protein-protein interactions
  • Split-luciferase complementation assay
  • Voltage-gated sodium channels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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Identification of peptidomimetics as novel chemical probes modulating fibroblast growth factor 14 (FGF14) and voltage-gated sodium channel 1.6 (Nav1.6) protein-protein interactions. / Liu, Zhiqing; Wadsworth, Paul; Singh, Aditya K.; Chen, Haiying; Wang, Pingyuan; Folorunso, Oluwarotimi; Scaduto, Pietro; Ali, Syed R.; Laezza, Fernanda; Zhou, Jia.

In: Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 01.01.2018.

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