Novel peptide ligands of RGS4 from a focused one-bead, one-compound library

Chem Biol Drug Des. 2008 Aug;72(2):111-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0285.2008.00687.x. Epub 2008 Jul 15.


Regulators of G protein signaling accelerate GTP hydrolysis by G alpha subunits and profoundly inhibit signaling by G protein-coupled receptors. The distinct expression patterns and pathophysiologic regulation of regulators of G protein signaling proteins suggest that inhibitors may have therapeutic potential. We previously reported the design, mechanistic evaluation, and structure-activity relationships of a disulfide-containing cyclic peptide inhibitor of RGS4, YJ34 (Ac-Val-Lys-c[Cys-Thr-Gly-Ile-Cys]-Glu-NH(2), S-S) (Roof et al., Chem Biol Drug Des, 67, 2006, 266). Using a focused one-bead, one-compound peptide library that contains features known to be necessary for the activity of YJ34, we now identify peptides that bind to RGS4. Six peptides showed confirmed binding to RGS4 by flow cytometry. Two analogs of peptide 2 (Gly-Thr-c[Cys-Phe-Gly-Thr-Cys]-Trp-NH(2), S-S with a free or acetylated N-terminus) inhibited RGS4-stimulated G alpha(o) GTPase activity at 25-50 microM. They selectively inhibit RGS4 but not RGS7, RGS16, and RGS19. Their inhibition of RGS4 does not depend on cysteine-modification of RGS4, as they do not lose activity when all cysteines are removed from RGS4. Peptide 2 has been modeled to fit in the same binding pocket predicted for YJ34 but in the reverse orientation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Databases, Protein
  • Ligands
  • Models, Molecular
  • Peptides / chemistry*
  • Peptides / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • RGS Proteins / chemistry*
  • RGS Proteins / metabolism*


  • Ligands
  • Peptides
  • RGS Proteins
  • RGS4 protein