A new chemical probe for quantitative proteomic profiling of fibroblast growth factor receptor and its inhibitors

Journal of Proteomics, 2014, doi:10.1016/j.jprot.2013.10.031, Volume 96, Pages 44–55 published on 16.01.2014
Journal of Proteomics, online article
Recent advances in mass spectrometry-based chemical proteomics allow unbiased analysis of drug-target interactions under close to physiological conditions. In this study, we designed and synthesized two small molecule probes targeting fibroblast growth factor receptors (FGFRs) and applied them to evaluate the selectivity profiles of the FGFR inhibitors Dovitinib and Orantinib. Probe F2 was capable of enriching all members of the FGF receptor family as well as other kinases involved in cancer such as KDR, FLT4 and RET from lysates of cancer cells or human placenta tissue. In combination with the established Kinobeads™ approach, probe F2 facilitated the identification of the target spectrum of the two inhibitors confirming many of the previously identified (off-) targets such as AURKA, FLT4-VEGFR3, IKBKE and PDGFRβ. The newly synthesized probe enlarges the arsenal of chemical proteomic tools for the expression profiling of kinases and selectivity profiling of their inhibitors. It will also be useful in applications aiming at a better understanding of a drug's cellular mechanisms of action as well as highlighting potential beneficial or adverse side effects.

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