Isoquinolinesulfonamides, novel and potent inhibitors of cyclic nucleotide dependent protein kinase and protein kinase C

Biochemistry. 1984 Oct 9;23(21):5036-41. doi: 10.1021/bi00316a032.


Naphthalenesulfonamides such as N-(6-amino-hexyl)-5-chloro-1-naphthalenesulfonamide (W-7) are potent calmodulin (CaM) antagonists and act upon several protein kinases at higher concentration. When the naphthalene ring was replaced by isoquinoline, the derivatives were no longer CaM antagonists but retained the ability to inhibit protein kinases, and some of the derivatives exhibited selective inhibition toward a certain protein kinase. cAMP-dependent, cGMP-dependent, and Ca2+-phospholipid-dependent (protein kinase C) protein kinases were inhibited significantly by addition of 10(-6) M N-[2-(methylamino)ethyl]-5-isoquinoline-sulfonamide (H-8) and 1-(5-isoquinolinylsulfonyl)-2-methylpiperazine (H-7). H-8 was the most active of the inhibitors in this series and inhibited more markedly cyclic nucleotide dependent protein kinases, than other kinases, while the derivative with the sulfonylpiperazine residue (H-7) was the most potent in inhibiting protein kinase C. Apparent Ki values of H-8 were 0.48 and 1.2 microM for cGMP-dependent and cAMP-dependent protein kinases, respectively, and the Ki value of H-7 for protein kinase C was 6 microM. Both the holoenzyme and the catalytic subunit (or fragment), which is active without an enzyme activator, are susceptible to these compounds with a similar concentration dependency, thereby indicating that the inhibitory effect is attributed to the direct interaction of the compound with the active center of the enzyme but not with the enzyme activator. The inhibitions were freely reversible and of the competitive type with respect to ATP and of the noncompetitive type with respect to the phosphate acceptor.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Actomyosin / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Brain / enzymology
  • Chickens
  • Gizzard, Avian / enzymology
  • Indicators and Reagents
  • Isoquinolines / chemical synthesis*
  • Kinetics
  • Liver / enzymology
  • Muscles / enzymology
  • Myosin-Light-Chain Kinase
  • Protein Kinase C
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors*
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Sulfonamides / chemical synthesis*
  • Trypsin


  • Indicators and Reagents
  • Isoquinolines
  • Protein Kinase Inhibitors
  • Sulfonamides
  • Actomyosin
  • Protein Kinase C
  • Myosin-Light-Chain Kinase
  • Trypsin