We report on a stabilizer of the interaction between 14-3-3ζ and the Estrogen Receptor alpha (ERα). ERα is a driver in the majority of breast cancers and 14-3-3 proteins are negative regulators of this nuclear receptor, making the stabilization of this protein-protein interaction (PPI) an interesting strategy. The stabilizer (1) consists of three symmetric peptidic arms containing an arginine mimetic, previously described as the GCP motif. 1 stabilizes the 14-3-3ζ/ERα interaction synergistically with the natural product Fusicoccin-A and was thus hypothesized to bind to a different site. This is supported by computational analysis of 1 binding to the binary complex of 14-3-3 and an ERα-derived phosphopeptide. Furthermore, 1 shows selectivity towards 14-3-3ζ/ERα interaction over other 14-3-3 client-derived phosphomotifs. These data provide a solid support of a new binding mode for a supramolecular 14-3-3ζ/ERα PPI stabilizer.
- protein-protein interaction
- supramolecular systems